Staff Bios: Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr.
Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr.
Incoming ELA President
Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., incoming President of the Equipment Leasing Association, will be only the second president the ELA has had since its founding in 1979. In his new position, Bentsen will serve a membership of more than 750 companies (including most of the Fortune 100 financial companies) in the premier non-profit association of the forecasted $225 billion equipment leasing and finance industry.
Bentsen has more than 20 years of professional experience combining public policy, financial expertise, and organizational management and strategic consulting. His position prior to joining ELA is as a Managing Director of Public Strategies, Inc. where he specialized in providing strategic guidance to large corporations and trade associations in the financial services sector.
From 1995 to 2003, Bentsen represented the 25th District in Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a senior member of both the House Budget and Financial Services Committees, Bentsen helped craft the legislation to modernize the nationŐs banking and securities laws and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which enhanced federal oversight of U.S. capital markets. Prior to serving in Congress, Bentsen was an investment banker in Houston and New York, specializing in municipal and housing finance. He was a senior banker for numerous structured-finance, mortgage-backed, special purpose and general government transactions.
Bentsen earned a BA in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and an MPA from American University.
Bentsen is an active member of a number of educational, civic and charitable boards. He is a member of the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the San Jacinto Museum of Texas History. He serves on the board of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and as a board member for the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. Bentsen serves on the Executive Board of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. He is also a member of the management committee of the Research Independence Council of the Independent Research Network, a joint venture of NASDAQ and Reuters.