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First Financial expands its midwest sales team by hiring industry veterans Mike Ross and Jim Murray

January 20, 2010 10:38 pm

First Financial expands its Midwest Sales Team by Hiring Industry Veterans Mike Ross and Jim Murray

Placentia, CA (January 20, 2010) – First Financial Corporate Services, Inc. a leading independent equipment lessor in North America, today announced as part of their national sales expansion that it has named Michael Ross as vice president- sales along with Jim Murray as regional vice president- sales. Both are located in the Chicago area.

Industry veteran, Michael Ross has joined FFCSI as vice president of Sales. In this role, Ross will balance his efforts with direct customer business origination and vendor program origination for both information technology and healthcare equipment. “Mike’s wealth of market intelligence enhances our advisory services to clients on where to invest, when to refresh and how to best finance their investment in new equipment,” said Tom Slevin, co-founder and executive vice president at First Financial. “His asset management expertise is something our vendor partners and customers are looking for in a leasing company.”

Ross is a 22 year veteran of the leasing and asset management industry and has served in various roles at the largest leasing companies in the country including Relational Technology Solutions and Comdisco. Prior to joining FFCSI, Ross was senior vice president of portfolio management at Relational Technology Solutions. He has been a featured speaker at various industry events including The Lessors Network and published in leading industry journals and online news sources. Ross is an alumni of Ball State University and the Elmhurst College Management Program for Business Administration.

Additionally, Jim Murray joins FFCSI as regional vice president of Sales, responsible for managing Midwest sales for its Healthcare Solutions Division. Murray has over twenty years in the healthcare leasing industry. “It’s this experience and the relationships he has built over his career that will help fuel our projected growth in the hospital and hospital systems markets,” said Mike Myers, senior vice president of Healthcare Solutions at FFCSI.

Previously, Murray worked for National City, General Electric and Comdisco in both sales and sales management and has spent his entire career serving the Midwest. Murray is an active member of HFMA and MGMA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and his MBA degree in finance from DePaul University.