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Equipment Leasing Association Membership


It's all about connections...

Since 1961, The Equipment Leasing Association has served as an ally to nearly 2000 companies involved in the innovative and prosperous equipment leasing and finance industry. Today we are a national organization with more that 800 members and a staff of 27 professionals.

Our diverse membership consists of Independent Leasing Companies, Banks, Captives, Financial Services Corporations, Broker/Packagers, and Investment Banks, as well as service providers like Accountants, Consultants, Equipment Managers, Executive Recruiters, Insurance Companies, Lawyers, Publishers, and Software Providers.

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Why should your company join ELA?

Shouldn't you be connected to the business development opportunities?
National conferences like the National Funding Exhibition, with over 650 attendees, and the Annual Convention, with over 1200 attendees, provide a valuable opportunity to gather information, network and do business with your peers and your customers. To serve the ever-changing needs of members, ELA is constantly strengthening and expanding these opportunities.

Shouldn't you be connected to the Industry information we provide?
Industry research, reference resources, business surveys and other information outlets help put the latest information on New Business, accounting issues, and other critical aspects of your business at your fingertips. ELA is committed to performing this valuable research so that you have the up-to-date information you need.

Shouldn't you be connected to training workshops and seminars?
Classes like Principles of Leasing, products like the Video Training Series, and scores of other publications can train your employees for the jobs you need them to do. ELA strives to offer our members even more new education options by introducing new products as well as improving current programs.

Shouldn't you be connected to ELA's advocacy program?
Efforts like The Business Communication campaign - A Capital Opportunity-are designed to improve the visibility and image of the leasing industry. The association's work to foster favorable federal and state rules and regulations for leasing, on issues like Bankruptcy Code amendments, Product Liability, Off Balance sheet accounting, and Section 467 Regulations, help create a favorable business climate for you. ELA is steadfastly focused on strengthening and protecting your rights as a lessor.

Whatever your needs, we are glad you are interested in becoming a part of our organization and want to begin serving you as soon as possible. Take the time to explore all the information contained in our site and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Let us connect YOU to success!

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General ELA Membership Information

There are six membership types at the Equipment Leasing Association:

  • Regular membership is open to any company, or division or subsidiary thereof, located in the United States, engaged to a substantial extent in the leasing of equipment to other commercial users or in the funding or arranging of such leases. Examples are leasing companies or companies that finance leases.

  • Associate membership is open to any company located in the United States, which is not eligible for regular membership, but which has an interest in, or a relationship to, the equipment leasing industry. Service providers to the leasing industry are Associate members, such as lawyers, equipment appraisers, accountants and software providers.

  • Arranger membership is open to lease packagers and arrangers. This membership is defined as companies acting as brokers, syndicators, investment bankers, lessee advisors, lessor advisors, and/or portfolio managers for the purpose of purely generating fee income.

  • International membership is open to any company not located in the United States but which otherwise satisfies the requirements of regular or associate membership.

  • Business Unit membership is open to any business unit of parent companies that are active regular ELA members.

  • Transitioning Individual Memberships are available for individuals if he or she has previously been an employee of a regular member of the Association and is not presently an employee of a regular member of the Association or a company eligible for such membership.

ELA memberships are offered to companies, and individuals at each company use their organization's membership. Transitioning Individual Members are the exception to this, as the membership is for one individual not affiliated with an organization at the present time. All memberships are considered equal and have the same rights and privileges. All annual dues start at $2,200 and are based on company type and company size (with the exception of Transitioning Individual Members). The entire dues structure is outlined on each membership application. The application also provides a dues calculation worksheet allowing companies to see exactly how their dues are calculated. First year dues are pro-rated from the day of application.

In order to request a membership application, please fill out the membership application request form found below. Your membership type will be based on your company type and will be determined by the ELA Member Services department.

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Membership Application Request Form

Please complete the following profile form that we request of each potential new member.

This document assists us with collecting information about your company so we may send out the correct membership application information. Once submitted, you will receive your membership application within 4-6 business days.

Thank you for your interest in ELA!

Membership Application Request Form

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