Meet Our Team
Ed Stolarski is President of Utica Equipment Finance, a provider of customized equipment lease and loan solutions to North American businesses. Ed spent his entire career in the financial services industry and has originated and structured billions of dollars in equipment finance transactions. Well known for his honesty, integrity, and perseverance, he ensures each client’s needs are efficiently and individually met. Before co-founding Utica Equipment Finance, Ed was a Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Nations Equipment Finance and held leadership roles with GE Capital, Tygris Corporate Finance and FirstLight Financial Corporation.
Managing Director – Sales
Byron Howell is responsible for sourcing and developing client and referral source relationships throughout the United States. An accomplished and results-oriented professional with more than 20 years of experience in direct sales, territory management, and building client relationships, Byron brings an in-depth understanding of the lending and equipment needs for small and middle market businesses . Prior to joining Utica Equipment Finance, Byron served in several senior sales positions, most recently at Triumph Commercial Finance and Equify Financial. He has established relationships with equipment manufacturers such as Terex, Caterpillar, McCloskey and Hi-Vac and has a deep knowledge of the equipment finance industry.
Associate of Credit and Underwriting
Chris Koennecke is responsible for evaluating and underwriting commercial lease and loan requests and managing a portfolio of accounts. Before joining Utica Equipment Finance, Chris was an Associate with KPMG LLP where he analyzed risks, processes and controls for select business units and analyzed industry trends to support go-to-market strategies. Previously, he held equities and sector fund research and risk management roles at Walbert Capital Management, LLC, and The Clearing House. He earned his BS in Economics from Quinnipiac University where he graduated cum laude.
Director of Credit and Underwriting
Marc Parauka is a seasoned credit professional with strengths in financial analysis and managing customer relationships. Before joining Utica Equipment Finance, he was Vice President, Business Banking Credit Analyst at Wells Fargo. Previously, Marc was responsible for underwriting complex equipment lease and loan transactions with EverBank and GE Capital with a focus on the marine, energy, oil & gas, and construction industries. Marc earned his BS in Business Administration from Bryant University.
Honorata Pustelny is responsible for closing equipment financing transactions in adherence with Utica Equipment Finance/Utica Leaseco policy and compliance requirements. She has deep expertise in lease and loan documentation and contract review and works closely with underwriting, legal and account management team members. Prior to joining Utica Equipment Finance, she held senior contract administration and sales positions with several companies, most recently for Pelagic Capital Corporation. Honorata earned her BS in Accounting from Southern Connecticut State University.
Managing Director – Sales
Matt Worman is responsible for the company’s sales efforts and overseeing business development activities throughout the United States. Dedicated to serving clients, Matt has an innate ability to understand a company’s specific needs and structure finance products to support clients’ growth efforts. He brings 15 years’ experience in the equipment leasing industry. Before joining UEF, he held senior sales positions with Nations Equipment Finance, NewStar Financial, and Radius Bank, and started his career at First National Corporation. He earned his BS in Business Communications from Kent State University where he graduated cum laude.