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Regional Vice President
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Gary sets the bar high for himself and for the rest of the Connext team.

Gary has 30 years of credit experience, including serving as Credit Manager at Associates Commercial Corp and Senior VP at LCA Leasing Corp before joining Connext. He attended the University of Louisville, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Gary likes working with a group of people who are great friends and share a commitment to excellent service.


Regional Vice President
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Kevin has experience in everything from beer to chocolate. But now he’s most interested in making sure your financing transactions run smoothly.

Though he's had broad business experience, Kevin also has eight years of experience in finance. Before joining Connext, he was: Regional Vice President at Machine Tool Capital, VP of Business Financing Solutions at General Electric, District Account Supervisor at Hershey's Chocolate and member of the Contemporary Marketing Team at Anheuser-Busch. Kevin attended the University of Louisville where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Management and minored in Marketing. He takes pride in following up on his customers and enjoys the family atmosphere at Connext. Kevin's own family loves athletics, running and working out together.


Regional Vice President
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Pete is a gifted listener. That’s why his customers always feel their needs are being heard and met.

Peter loves working with the people on the Connext team as much as he loves working with his customers. He has been Regional Vice President at Connext for four years. Peter earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University and an MBA from Temple University. He has been Regional Sales Manager at Center Capital Corporation and VP/Regional Sales Manager at LCA Leasing/Associates Commercial Corp., Sales Manager at Xerox Credit Corporation and VP at CIT Group. That‟s more than 25 years in the business. But he still knows how to relax. In his spare time, he enjoys chess.


Regional Vice President
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Joe’s numbers are excellent: 30 years in the machine tool business and 110% effort.

Joe is very focused on every deal he works on until that deal is completed and he has learned over the years that he can give that effort to more than one deal at a time. “Everyone at Connext has your back. Here, I can provide many more financing options to my customers – which allows me to give every deal a much greater chance of approval,” Joe said. An experienced pro, he spent 21 years as VP at US Bank Equipment Finance and eight years as credit manager at Yamazen USA after graduating in Business from the University of La Verne in California. In his spare time, Joe is a fanatical movie trivia expert specializing in older movies and an avid golfer.


Regional Vice President
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Ben will learn everything he can about your business and industry, to give you the solutions that you need to succeed.

Ben isn’t a “sit behind the computer all day” kind of guy. He’s a people person, and loves being around his clients and helping them directly. He built those skills over fifteen years in the auto business, as both a finance manager and sales manager. Now he’s utilizing those skills by going into businesses, learning how they work, what they do, and what they need to succeed. That way he has the perspective he needs to be able to help business owners find the right solutions for their financial needs so they can follow their passion and realize their dreams. Ben graduated from Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management, and a master’s in business.


Joel Zeller
Credit Syndicator
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Understanding your business, and finding funding solutions that help keep you moving forward is what Joel does best.

Joel works as a credit partner to the entire sales team to assist with business analysis and finance structuring. He specializes in searching out and nailing down the financing options that best meet the needs of growing businesses. He thrives on finding clarity in complex financing situations, and enjoys highlighting the strengths of hard working businesses. As a former banker with BMO Harris, Joel has a 10 year background in sales, small business credit, commercial portfolio management, and special assets. Joel has a business degree from The Kelley School at Indiana University, and earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. 


Vice President of Operations
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Du'Weena is an efficiency maven who lets her work do the talking.

Du'Weena brings 17 years of operations management and business administration to Connext. Most recently, she worked as VP of Leasing Operations for 121 Leasing (now National Bank of Commerce) in Birmingham, Alabama. As a director of operations, Du'Weena has enjoyed gaining industry-specific expertise when working in various fields, from medical to leasing. She is detail-oriented and organized, not to mention a keen-strategist. Du'Weena attended San Jose State University. A little known fact about Du'Weena: she specialized in aviation medicine in the Navy.


Program Manager
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In Danielle’s capable hands, you’ll get complete lease follow through.

Once your lease is received at Connext, a Program Manager like Danielle will shepherd your lease documents all the way through funding. Danielle’s detailed orientation and excellent follow through assure that everything will flow smoothly with your equipment funding. In fact, handling the details is her favorite part of the job. Danielle graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor Degree and a minor in Marketing. During college, she volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, local food and clothing drives and tornado recovery in Kansas. Danielle studied in Florence, Italy for a summer, enjoying the Italian cultural experience. After graduating, she moved to Indianapolis and found Connext where she enjoys learning something new every day.


Program Manager
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Christina is constantly driven to learn and grow in her role. The work in this industry continues to challenge and motivate her each and every day.

Christina has embraced her career change from ambulatory medicine into equipment finance with enthusiasm and a commitment to ongoing learning. Supporting machine tools sales representatives allows her to work in a positive and supportive environment, enhancing customer experience and facilitating the work of her reps. Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in General Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Building on her skills and knowledge in her current role is important to Christina and she sees her position as one that will only serve to complement these personal goals.


Program Manager
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Christina's ready to do the behind-the-scenes work to help us help you move your business forward.

Christina joined the Connext Financial team in the beginning of 2013, coming from a background in banking, sales, and customer service. She's enjoying the challenges she runs into at Connext and loves getting to work with a group of intelligent and well-spoken people. Christina attended the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, where she studied business. She's related to basketball legend John Wooden so it may not surprise you to learn that she's dedicated and punctual, and works well with others in any environment.


Tyler Bryant
Marketing & Business Intelligence Coordinator
Tyler Bryant

Tyler works hard at understanding the business of our vendors and end-users so that Connext can effectively meet our customer’s needs.

Tyler has a wide-range of experience in marketing, inside-sales, and business intelligence. His unique set of abilities enables him to clearly define and communicate the needs our customers and develop a strategy to effectively meet those needs. His goal is always the development of a long-lasting relationship with the customer for mutual success.