Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services<span>A Division of Hitachi Capital America Corp.</span>

Our Team

We are comprised of the best people within the industry. Their dedication and hard work has made Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services a trusted adviser for our partners.


Jeff Cowan, President

Mr. Cowan has over 25 years of experience in vendor equipment leasing and financial services. His background includes relationship origination, management of sales and originations staff, marketing efforts, pricing and structuring of direct leases and vendor programs. Prior to Hitachi, Mr. Cowan was the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Creekridge Capital, served as Vice President of Investment Banking at Dougherty Funding, Vice President of Healthcare Corporate Finance at FINOVA Capital, Regional Manager with the Vendor Medical Leasing Group at Wells Fargo, and Regional Manager for Business Credit Leasing.

Senior Leadership

Jim Teal, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Teal is responsible for all operations of the company including all aspects of the business such as vendor program development and management, credit, funding, lease documentation and management, accounting, IT and human resources. Prior to joining Hitachi in 2007, Mr. Teal served as EVP of Finance and Operations and as a Director at Sunrise International Leasing Corporation. Over his 13 years at Sunrise, Mr. Teal was responsible for virtually all operations of the company. Mr. Teal started his professional career at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a Certified Public Accountant.

Dave Gnade, Executive Vice President of Sales

Mr. Gnade is responsible for directing Hitachi’s sales effort to integrate new vendor programs nationwide into partnership with Hitachi. Mr. Gnade joined Hitachi in 2006 from Wells Fargo Financial Leasing. He has over 20 years of sales leadership experience in the leasing industry and most recently was an executive level manager at Wells Fargo. Mr. Gnade’s experience includes managing outside salespeople, national accounts, relationship management, product development, and pricing strategies.

Jody Ainley, SVP, Vendor Program Manager

Ms. Ainley is responsible for supervision of the operations staff and assuring that all documentation and funding packages are prepared and executed in a complete, accurate, and timely manner so as to achieve full audit and internal review compliance. Ms. Ainley brings over 20 years of leasing industry experience. Prior to Hitachi, Ms. Ainley’s years in the industry were shared with companies such as Security Pacific Leasing, Cargill Leasing, Firstar Equipment Finance, and Farm Credit Leasing.

Our Team

We have the best people within the leasing industry. Many of our team members have built their careers around the industries they serve. Their dedication and support has enabled Hitachi to provide “best-in-class” customer service to all of our partners.


If you are interest in joining our team, view our current openings here.