Staff Bios: Michael Fleming
Michael J. Fleming, President of the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA), has served as the association's President since 1979 when he established the association's headquarters in Washington, DC. During his tenure, association membership has grown from 400 to more than 850 corporations (including most of the Fortune 100 financial companies) and equipment leasing has experienced dramatic growth and profitability. In 2005, equipment leasing is estimated to originate $213 billion in new equipment.
Throughout his career, Fleming has been involved in economic and political activity. He has been a teacher, lobbyist, political organizer, and trade association executive. Prior to serving as ELA President, Fleming managed state associations in Iowa and South Carolina. Mr. Fleming is devoted to the concepts of strong, active business leadership and believes that associations are most effective when they act in a proactive mode on behalf of their members.
Fleming earned a BA in Political Science and History and an MA in History and Economics with honors from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has done additional postgraduate work at several other major universities.Fleming is an active member of several professional and economic groups. He is a past chancellor of the Exchequer Club of Washington, the organization for all financial industry trade associations and federal agencies in the financial services sector. He also served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the City Club of Washington. He has been active in the business organizations of each major political party during his tenure at ELA. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100.