The IFA Advisory Board members serve a two-year term and assist the IFA in broadening the public understanding of the
uses and benefits of factoring and help to both design training programs and foster new ideas to benefit its member
Robyn Barrett – FSW Funding – Phoenix, AZ
Robyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a CPA license. Robyn's first official role in
accounting was at Restaurant, Inc. in Phoenix, a food contract management company and subsidiary of the Greyhound
Corporation. Three years later, she left the company to take on larger-scale accounting pursuits at The Dial Corporation.
After six years at The Dial Corporation, Barrett ventured into the world of corporate finance at FINOVA Capital
Corporation, a Phoenix-based publicly traded commercial lender. During her tenure at FINOVA, Barrett held numerous
positions including: senior finance manager, senior marketing analyst, senior credit underwriter and vice president
of marketing. After leaving FINOVA in 2000, she went on to serve as vice president of marketing and business development
at ZoomLot Corporation. In 2001, Barrett founded Scottsdale-based Factors Southwest, LLC. Barrett holds a master’s degree
in business administration from Grand Canyon University and is an active member of numerous industry organizations including:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA);
Turnaround Management Association (TMA); Risk Management Association (RMA); International Factoring Association (IFA);
Commercial Finance Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Glen Dalzell - Liquid Capital Corp.- Toronto, ON CANADA
Glen has been in the factoring and ABL industry since 1999. He is currently VP Sales & Marketing for Liquid Capital Corp.
which operates a network of 85 independently owned and operated offices across Canada and the United States. Liquid Capital
offers a wide array of working capital and trade finance products including factoring, ABL, P.O. financing and leasing.
Prior to joining the industry, Glen garnered a wide range of experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial
environments. He is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto and is an IFA Advisory Board member.
Glen is also a founding member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for IFA Canada, the Canadian chapter of the IFA.
Glen is actively involved with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
and the Commercial Finance Association (CFA). He is also Liquid Capital’s resident “wine geek”.
Harvey Friedman - Lenders Funding - Williamsburg, VA
Harvey is the Chief Operating Officer for Lenders Funding. He has been with Lenders Funding for the last 11 years.
Mr. Friedman has over 45 years of experience in factoring and asset based lending. He was the Executive Vice President
and Chief Credit Officer at Gibraltar Corporation of America (“GCA”), a wholly owned subsidiary of United Jersey Bank.
He worked for GCA for 32 years overseeing over $900 Million in collateral backed loans. After retiring from GCA Mr. Friedman
became the Managing Director of Sterling Bank’s Asset Based Lending Division.
Tony Furman - Interstate Capital Group of Companies - Santa Teresa, NM
Tony is co-founder and has served as president of the Interstate Capital Group of Companies since 1993. Mr. Furman
is a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Mr. Furman began his professional career
with First City National Bank in Austin and worked in various bank and investment banking capacities for Chase Bank and
predecessors prior to the formation of Interstate Capital. Mr. Furman is an alumni of Leadership El Paso and an active
member of World Presidents Organization. Mr. Furman is an immediate past Advisory Board Member of Chase Bank in El Paso
and has served on various non-profit boards. Mr. Furman has been married for 28 years and has two adult sons.
Crystal Han - Pipeline Financial Services, LLC - Downey, CA
Crystal is the Managing Director for Pipeline Financial Services, LLC, established in 2012. Pipeline Financial
Services is a small/micro factor that brokers mid-large factoring deals to the larger outfitters. Crystal’s background
started in real estate investments and hard money lending which led to a manufacturer coming to her for financing without
real estate collateral and she wanted to figure out a way to help fulfill the funding needs of her client, so a colleague
mentioned ‘factoring’ as a way to financing a manufacturer’s accounts receivables. Crystal has just launched a local BNI
Chapter in her area to continue to build relationships with local business professionals to offer alternative business
financing solutions. Crystal is a graduate from the University of Southern California and a proud recent inductee
into the Rich Dad Hall of Fame.
Cole Harmonson – Far West Capital – Austin, TX
Cole is co- founder and CEO of Far West Capital “FWC”, an independent asset based lending and factoring company based in
Austin, Texas, since 2007. FWC serves companies with needs of less than $10mm, and has 6 offices nationwide. Cole has been
employed in commercial finance and banking his entire career since graduating with a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University
in 1993. Active in the community, Cole currently serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Commercial Finance Association
and the American Factoring Association.
John La Lota – Sterling National Bank - Factoring & Trade Finance Division- New York, NY
John is currently President of the Factoring and Trade Finance Division at Sterling National Bank. His responsibilities include
the management of day-to-day operations in a highly regulated banking environment. He has overseen the acquisition of two
factoring businesses over the past several years and helped Sterling become one of the largest factoring companies in the country.
Prior to joining Sterling in 2000, John held senior level positions at Heller Financial and Congress Talcott. He is an active
member in a number of trade and business associations including the Commercial Finance Association,
the International Factoring Association and The Turnaround Management Association. John has volunteered with several
charitable organizations, including The Needler’s Foundation and the Chabad Vocational Schools, where he is a former honoree.
With over 34 years of experience in the factoring and asset based lending industry , he is also a trusted resource and has
contributed to several publications including the Commercial Factor, The Secured Lender, ABF Journal, Woman’s Wear Daily,
California Apparel News, Home Furnishing News and Bloomberg News. John resides in Long Island, New York with Karen, his wife of 27 years.
L. Gabriel Segura - CV Credit, Inc. - Miami, FL
Gabriel is the President and Founder of CV Credit Inc., a Miami-based factoring company, which focuses in USA-domestic and
international markets. CV Credit is the affiliate financial company in the United States for Colombia-based Credivalores, its
50-year-old holding company with participation in sectors in sugar mills, brokerage firms, gas stations, electric power plants
and financial services. Mr. Segura brings over 19 years experience in international finance and banking including factoring,
commercial lending, trade financing and correspondent banking. He has focused the last 10 years in international factoring
services, where he offers creative financial solutions to help businesses grow. He has been a speaker at various industry
events organized by entities such us: Association of Trade and Forfaiting in the Americas (ATFA), Florida International
Bankers Association (FIBA) – CLACE, and the US Department of Commerce, among others. Mr. Segura holds a Bachelors Degree
in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andres and an MBA in Finance from Florida International University.