Robert Rinaldi

Robert Rinaldi

Bob Rinaldi is Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Industrial Finance (“CI Finance”), a national equipment finance company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Louis, Mo. Originally founded in 1982 and acquired in 2015 by CBank, a Cincinnati based community bank focused on commercial and industrial lending to the SMB sector, the organization provides equipment financing for companies of all sizes. CI Finance specializes in the development and implementation of sales-aid finance programs for manufacturers, vendors and distributors of capital equipment. Rinaldi is focused on CI Finance’s expansion strategy in the commercial and industrial equipment financing sector and in sustainable energy efficiency finance initiatives, predominantly in the built space.

Most recently Rinaldi was Senior Vice President of CSI Leasing, responsible for its organic and inorganic growth strategies. Previously, Rinaldi was Executive Vice President of National City Commercial Capital Company (NC4), now PNC, and President of NC4 Canada. Rinaldi has held positions including Senior Vice President of Provident Bank and Executive Vice President and Principal at Information Leasing Corp. (ILC), later acquired by Provident. As a founding partner of ILC, Rinaldi helped grow the company to the fifth-largest bank-owned leasing company in the United States with annual originations of over $3 billion and $8 billion in assets.

An industry pioneer, Rinaldi has a solid background in leading companies to the forefront through innovative strategies, revenue production, creative marketing, new product development, technology solutions and international expansion.

Rinaldi currently serves as Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing the $903 billion equipment finance sector. He is also a member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Research Subcommittee and Development Committee. He is a past Trustee of the Foundation and past Chairman of ELFA’s LeasePAC. Rinaldi was the recipient of the Foundation Research Committee’s 2013 Steven R. LeBarron Award for Principled Research and ELFA’s 2014 David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award.

Rinaldi can be found on LinkedIn and on his website dedicated to the pioneers of the modern equipment leasing industry as we know it today – www.leasingavenues.com.