Verdant Commercial Capital has expanded its team with five newcomers who will augment the company’s agility, expertise and growth through innovative solutions for business-critical equipment needs.

Verdant has expanded its Industrial vertical with three additions to its Automotive Repair Equipment financing team:


Aimee Bell is a Vice President, Relationship Manager. Bell has spent 20-plus years in the industry and has worked with companies such as Lease Corporation of America and Popular Equipment Finance.


Audrey Wanless is a Vice President, Relationship Manager. With 35 years of experience in the automotive equipment financing industry, Wanless comes to Verdant from prior roles at Lease Corporation of America and GreatAmerica Leasing.


Derek Onkalo is an Associate Relationship Manager. Onkalo devoted the last five years to working closely with dealers to support customers’ equipment finance needs while supporting an Automotive Team at Lease Corporation of America.

This Automotive Repair Equipment team will work with manufacturers and distributors to finance their customers’ equipment needs.

Verdant has increased its team with two more key additions:


Jaime McCarley joins Verdant as a Vice President, Relationship Manager in Manufacturing. McCarley specializes in large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and dealers nationwide. A 20-year industry veteran, McCarley developed an affinity for equipment finance after working in commercial banking. Most recently, McCarley worked at ENGS/Mitsubishi HC Capital.


Chris McKnight is a Vice President, Relationship Manager with Verdant. McKnight represents Verdant in Synovus Equipment Leasing, a partnership between Verdant and Synovus Bank that offers equipment financing for Synovus commercial customers. McKnight has worked in the industry for 20 years, most recently at Huntington National Bank.

“We proudly welcome these five industry veterans who will deepen Verdant’s subject matter expertise in their specific verticals,” said Brian Lowe, Chief Commercial Officer of Verdant Commercial Capital. “Aimee, Audrey, Derek, Jaime and Chris will provide unparalleled service to our vendor partners and their customers.”

With the addition of these new team members, the company now has 94 associates in five offices nationwide. Verdant Commercial Capital is in its sixth year of operation.