The executive management team has more than 100 years experience in the banking and financial services industry. Together the executive members bring a depth and breadth of talent to each and every client served by Rockwell.

Rockwell was originally founded by President, Ms. Aylin Cankardes. She is an experienced financial professional with more than twenty years in the industry. "For Rockwell Financial Group to be viewed as the financial advisor of choice by our clients, we need to continue to attract the best talent in the industry, be more responsive and creative than our competitors, and deliver on our promise of top tier financial service products."

In addition to the annual funding capability of $150 million, Rockwell has relationships with a multitude of funding source and service providers to better match each clients needs. "An issue facing financial institutions is that not every client or solution fits our various fund guidelines. For that reason, Rockwell maintains long standing and diverse relationships with all types of financial institutions to meet their objectives, and those of our clients."

Rockwell is a proud member and actively serves on the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (“ELFA”). As a female owned financial services company, Rockwell is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (“WBENC”) and as such can assist its customers in meeting their Supplier Diversity procurement initiatives.

In addition to being well known in the leasing and financial services industry, Rockwell has been recognized by as one of Colorado’s top diversity owned companies for the last 5 years ( Rockwell was also named one of the 100 largest women owned companies for FY2003 to FY2007 by Women Business Enterprise magazine.

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Rockwell since inception has grown through the addition of a number of key executives, with most of the senior management working together since 1990.
Today, the Company operates as a diversified financial services company with the ability to provide a variety of products and services to its clients. The expertise, dedication, and experience of management have enabled Rockwell to become a valuable financial advisor for middle market and large corporations located throughout the United States.

Rockwell's corporate headquarters are located in Centennial Colorado. Centennial is located about fifteen minutes south of downtown Denver. The centralized location of the corporate headquarters in the US, together with close proximity to the Denver International Airport, allows us to effectively work together with our customers located throughout the country. In addition to its Colorado headquarters location, Rockwell has east coast offices in New York and Virginia

Senior Management

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Aylin N. Cankardes, President
Prior to Rockwell Financial Group LLC, Ms. Cankardes was the founder and President of Southern Pacific BanCapital, a leasing division of Imperial Credit Industries (formerly Imperial Bank). The focus of the subsidiary was to originate and finance middle market transactions. She also served in various capacities over twelve years as Sr. Vice President of syndications, acquisitions and vendor finance for Capital Associates International Inc., (“CAI, Inc”) a publicly traded leasing company with more than $3.4 billion in assets. Prior to joining CAI, Inc., Ms. Cankardes developed and managed a successful acquisition finance division for Finalco, Inc. based in Virginia which specialized in high technology programs for rated credits. She has more than twenty years experience in the equipment and corporate finance industry, with expertise in originations, syndications, client negotiation, and management with numerous awards for top performances during her career. Ms. Cankardes currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. Ms. Cankardes was previously the Colorado Chair for WBEC and has served over two years on the Board of Directors of the Women's Business Enterprise Council with Fortune 500 representatives.

Evan J. Christenson, Managing Director - Finance
Mr. Christenson started his career at PNC Bank in the Philadelphia commercial banking group. In the ten years at the bank, he held various positions including Corporate Banking Sr. Credit Manager, serving the western Philadelphia and Central / Northeastern Pennsylvania markets. Mr. Christenson had individual responsibility for a portfolio of more than $3 billion. With his promotion to Vice President, Mr. Christenson was the youngest Vice President in PNC’s corporate banking division. During his tenure at PNC, he gained extensive experience in commercial finance, capital markets, treasury management, and corporate banking. Following PNC, he joined Southern Pacific BanCapital as the Chief credit officer for the finance and leasing division. Today, Mr. Christenson has direct responsibility for the coordination of funding programs at Rockwell.

Michelle M. Hanley, Managing Director - Administration
As a director for Rockwell, Ms. Hanley has responsibility for the administration of the Company. Ms. Hanley coordinates the documentation, compliance, and operations of Rockwell. In addition to these roles, she provides technical expertise for the review and evaluation of equipment. Ms. Hanley holds a degree in mechanical engineering and uses her technical expertise to support Rockwell and its clients on manufacturing and production equipment. Prior to joining Rockwell, she held positions with Peak Industries LLC, and Zenith Products, Inc from production and development engineer to senior engineering design manager. Ms. Hanley has extensive experience in both high level management as well as operations. Her responsibilities at Rockwell include administration management, human resources, and accounting.

E. Baker Davenport, Director of Energy Finance
Mr. Davenport brings over 20 years equipment leasing experience to his role of developing business opportunities in the energy sector for Rockwell Financial Group. Mr. Davenport joined the company in March 2006 as a specialist in financing energy projects, both conventional and renewable. His expertise in the energy sector facilitates Rockwell’s ability to develop innovative financing strategies for equipment manufacturers, energy service companies and project developers seeking to provide large-scale energy services and products to a broad range of end-use customers, including commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental entities. He is very knowledgeable of traditional equipment finance, as well as the more complex project financing and is a frequent speaker at industry trade shows.

Working at Rockwell

Key Benefits
  • Dynamic, growing organization
  • Experienced senior management team
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Employee benefits including tuition reimbursement plan

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