The TCS Team
TCS Equipment Finance was founded by a team of experienced equipment finance professionals dedicated to delivering customized solutions designed to help our clients grow. We listen intently to what you tell us about your projects to be able to offer you a payment solution that will work.
When you partner with TCS Equipment finance, you benefit from our easy documentation process, our on-site decision making and our many years of truly listening to our clients needs to customize the right solution you’re your equipment and business needs.
Brent Criddle began his extensive sales and finance career with the Larry H Miller Group of Companies where he was a Leasing and Finance Director. It was during this time that he actively developed a sales pattern that would shape the rest of his career. He recognized that people don’t want to be sold to, they want businesses to listen to their needs and provide relevant solutions.
After graduating with a B.S. degree in Finance from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Brent decided to take his sales, finance and leasing experience to the mid-ticket equipment leasing market. In 2001, he joined a start-up company, Applied Financial, as an Account Executive. He quickly rose to the top of the sales team as he created lasting relationships with businesses throughout the country. He was promoted to Marketing Manager and following additional sales growth; he was promoted to Vice President of Sales. His sales teams were consistently among the top producing teams for the company. In 2006, after years of successful growth, Applied Financial was acquired by the Marquette Financial Companies. Brent learned for the first time, how to operate within the regulatory framework as a bank-owned leasing company. During this time, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and took on a greater role in managing the sales department. Marquette Financial sold to Pacific Western Bank in 2012 where he continued his successful sales path. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales in 2015 and was responsible for all sales functions. Pacific Western Bank sold their equipment finance division to BofI Federal Bank in 2016.
In 2016, Brent saw an opportunity that he felt was missing from today’s marketplace. After working for years in highly-regulated and increasingly structured banking environments, he decided to leave BofI and join with other seasoned leasing professionals, Lon Secrist and Derek Turley, to form TCS Equipment Finance. He is excited at the opportunity to use his mix of entrepreneurial and banking experience to bring highly-customized, yet approvable financing to the mid-ticket leasing market. He is currently organizing a customer focused sales team that will complement the top-tier documentation and credit teams at TCS.
Lon D. Secrist
Executive Vice President
As the first step in his vast and varied career, Lon Secrist graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in finance. After graduation, Lon began working with Johnson and Johnson. He relocated to San Francisco upon his promotion to Division Manager. Lon continued his career and moved back to Salt Lake City when he took a position as National Sales Manager for O.C. Tanner, the largest jewelry manufacturer in the United States.
Utilizing his background in finance he became a true innovator in marketing lease transactions to small community banks. In 1986 he, with a partner, started his first of several businesses. He founded Tetra Corporate Services, which has conducted business with many Fortune 500 companies as well as structuring lease option for smaller middle market companies. Lon has been involved in starting and owning five other successful finance companies. His vision and knowledge continues to be a driving force behind his success.
Derek J. Turley
Derek continues to devote his time and expertise in the equipment leasing industry with the opening of TCS Equipment Finance, LLC. As one of the founders and Chief Executive Officer, Derek is responsible for, among other things, the financial assessment of individual companies, negotiation of lease terms and the placement of those lease transaction. He dedicates himself and his time to oversee the operational aspects of the business while assisting to strategically grow TCS Equipment Finance, LLC within the competitive equipment leasing industry. Since 2001, Derek has devoted his professional career to equipment leasing and finance. His ability to credit analyze a lease transaction to finding creative leasing solutions for his client’s individual needs are just a few of the many strengths Derek brings to TCS Equipment Finance, LLC.
Derek is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Management. He furthered his education receiving a Masters of Business Administration from Westminster College Gore School of Business. In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and five children. He enjoys traveling and playing golf, tennis and basketball.