Tom Rutherford joined the Crestmark team in October 2014 with the acquisition of TIP Capital in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He serves as division president of Crestmark Equipment Finance. In this role, Tom oversees the business operations and lease funding activities of the division including credit, syndications and asset management departments.
Tom co-founded TIP Capital in 1999 and served as chief operating officer. He has 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, with over 25 years in technology financing. Prior to joining TIP Capital, Tom was the director of syndications for AT&T Capital Systems Leasing, responsible for the placement, syndication and management of a diverse portfolio of equipment financing transactions with an average annual volume of over $250mm. In addition to his syndication activities, Tom was responsible for the analysis, valuation and integration of portfolio and company acquisitions for AT&T Systems Leasing, as well as oversight of the pricing and residual setting policies for the $1 billion lease portfolio. Prior to joining AT&T Capital, he was a regional business manager of the asset management team at CMI Corporation.
Tom received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California – San Diego and an MBA from Wayne State University. He also has held Series 7 and a Series 63 Securities licenses. In October 2019 Tom was named to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Board of Directors for 2020.