Latest CFA Asset-Based Finance Index Indicates Continued Growth

NEW YORK (PRWEB) May 20, 2018

U.S. businesses continue to grow, as reflected by increased borrowing during the fourth quarter of the year, the Commercial Finance Association(CFA) announced today. According to the CFA’s latest Quarterly Asset-Based Lending (ABL) Index, total committed credit lines increased 1% over 3Q2017 and 8% over the same quarter in 2016. New credit commitments increased 17% over the same quarter in 2016.

This data indicates borrowers have an increased need for capital to support expanding levels of inventory and accounts receivable, which is a positive sign for the economy.

Although gross write-offs grew in the quarter, they remain below all of last year and at historically low levels as a percent of loans outstanding. “The healthy growth in commitments year over year is a positive sign for both the industry and the economy,” said David Grende, Chair of CFA’s Data Subcommittee and President & CEO of Siena Lending Group.

“CFA’s Quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index provides our stakeholders with vital data they need to understand key marketplace trends. It also reflects the important role secured lending plays in the economy,” said Richard D. Gumbrecht, CFA CEO.

The Quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index is conducted for the CFA by Westat, an independent market research firm. CFA has tracked secured lending activity and published the Quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index since March 2008 to provide insight on national commercial lending trends.

A full copy of CFA’s Quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index is available at:

About the Commercial Finance Association

Founded in 1944, the Commercial Finance Association is the international trade organization representing the asset-based lending, factoring, trade and supply chain finance industries, with over 250 member organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world. CFA provides education, networking opportunities and industry advocacy to the global commercial finance community.

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Performance Contracting Group Receives Prestigious International Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) May 20, 2018

Dale Carnegie, one of the world’s leading human resources and management consulting organizations, has awarded its most prestigious international recognition to Kansas City’s Performance Contracting Group (PCG). The Leadership Award recognizes organizations that focus on developing their human resources in innovative, thoughtful and creative ways.

PCG is a leading specialty contractor, serving the industrial, commercial and non-residential markets in its more than 50 offices around the country. PCG, an employee-owned company based in Lenexa, Kansas, has more than 50 offices across the U.S., employing more than 6,500 skilled craft workers and nearly 1,000 full-time employees. The company’s annual revenue exceeds $1 billion.

PCG’s president and CEO Bill Massey: “I am honored to receive the award on behalf of the entire leadership team of the company. This award is evidence from Dale Carnegie that our People initiative is working.”

The Dale Carnegie Leadership Award, established in 1985, recognizes companies that place a special emphasis on innovative human resources’ practices in order to reach business objectives. Since its inception, the Leadership Award has been presented to many of the best companies in the world, including; Walmart, Scandinavian Airlines, and now Performance Contracting Group. This is the second time a Kansas City-based company has been honored with this prestigious award. KCP&L was honored several years ago.

“PCG stands out for its unwavering commitment to ensuring every employee has a robust development plan aimed at building individual skills, whether that’s enhancing business acumen or improving communications. head and shoulders above our other clients in a variety of ways. PCG leads in the construction industry because of a dedication to people, but regardless of industry, their employee focus is exceptional,” said Ron Cox President Dale Carnegie Kansas City. “They value and promote succession planning and learning and development. This is a company that is always asking the question: How do I grow every team member?” said Ron Cox President of Dale Carnegie Kansas City.

PCG’s people-first approach is part of its “"Employee Success and Well-Being” initiative, which guides employees to reach their full potential. PCG’s philosophy: For the company to thrive, its employees must thrive.

Bill Massey, President and CEO, PCG has articulated a vision of "People, Strategy, Execution." PCG is world-class at execution, so the opportunity is in equaling that feat on the people side. In word and in action, the company is serious about this challenge. Morale and satisfaction are critical, so PCG worked with Dale Carnegie to measure employee engagement. Leaders at all levels are being held accountable for the people initiative. Dale Carnegie has contributed to the success of PCG by developing their people in the areas of leadership, interpersonal relations and effective communications.

About Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was founded in 1912, inspired by one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement. Since then, it’s evolved into a movement that’s crossed borders and generations, showing people how to tap into the best parts of themselves to create positive change. Dale Carnegie’s original body of knowledge has been constantly updated, expanded and refined through nearly a century's worth of real-life business experiences. Our programs, available in over 25 languages, show people all over the world how to communicate in a way that draws others in, so they can form closer, more rewarding relationships. Whether they’re starting out or stepping up, learning to lead or heading up a team, we sharpen their inner-voice so they can use it with confidence to get the most out of their lives and their work. For over 100 years, we’ve helped communities everywhere prosper by improving the personal and financial well-being of the people who live there, and the companies that do business there. Today, through franchises in over 75 countries and all 50 states, we help people gain greater influence and make meaningful contributions in the places that matter most.

Dale Carnegie of Kansas City

We shape many company cultures in Kansas City by coaching employees to excel in their roles. For over 105 years, we have helped companies of all sizes generate revenue, increase productivity and reduce costs. We partner with companies in creating competitive advantage through the development of their greatest resource – their people.

We focus on the people side of business.

Thought Leadership Areas Human Relations, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Communication, Customer Service, Sales, Business Development, Presentations, Teamwork, Stress Management, Process Improvement.

For more information about Dale Carnegie, please call Ron Cox at 816-569-4511 or visit


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Tyler Johnson Insurance Announces Charity Campaign to Assist Injured, Orphaned, and Neglected Pets

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (PRWEB) May 19, 2018

Tyler Johnson Tyler, CEO and founder of the Johnson Insurance Agency in Walnut Creek, is releasing details on a charity drive he and his firm are launching to rescue pets that are facing neglect or abuse. The Contra Costa Humane Society will receive all funds raised during this charity effort.

“Our firm believes that all animals deserve a safe and loving home, and we’re honored to be working in support of the Humane Society during this campaign,” said Johnson.

Johnson is implementing an invitation program to encourage Walnut Creek residents to get involved in the ongoing charity drive. For each person who is referred into the firm by a friend or loved one to receive a complimentary insurance analysis, the Johnson team will make a $10 donation to the Contra Costa Humane Society.

Details on how to increase public support, as well as a form that allows readers to suggest new charities for the firm to support, can be found here:

About Tyler Johnson Insurance Agency

As a Personal Insurance Representative in Walnut Creek, agency owner Tyler Johnson knows many local families. His knowledge and understanding of the people in the Contra Costa community ensures that Tyler Johnson Insurance Agency clients are provided with an outstanding level of service. Tyler and his team look forward to helping families protect the things that are most important – family, home, car and more. Tyler Johnson Insurance also offers clients a preparation strategy for achieving their financial goals. To contact an expert at Tyler Johnson Insurance Agency, visit or call (925) 933-3100.

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