david schaefer

David T. Schaefer

CEO

Mr. Schaefer is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mintaka Financial, LLC which was established in 2004 as an investment vehicle to fund small ticket, commercial equipment loans and leases. Dave has over thirty years of experience in the commercial equipment finance industry, including senior management responsibility for treasury, operations, information technology, accounting and portfolio management. David’s leadership position with Mintaka includes strategic development, capital formation, and developing a network of affiliate partners whom originate transactions. David is also the founder and CEO of Orion First (Seattle, WA) a loan and lease servicing company which provides underwriting, contract servicing and collection services to banks and independent financial institutions. Prior to establishing Orion he was president, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Financial Pacific Leasing Company. Dave also founded Checkmate Certified Collections in 1975, a consumer and commercial collection agency.

Dave currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Financing Association (ELFA). Prior to this, he was the chairman of LeasePAC, the industry’s federal political action committee and he served on the Board of Directors of the United Association of Equipment Lessors, now the National Equipment Finance Association. He chaired the Small Ticket Business Council of the ELFA in 1999 and 2000. He obtained his CLP certification in 1996, making him one of the industry’s earliest Certified Leasing Professionals. Dave currently serves on the Gig Harbor YMCA Advisory Board and the Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity Finance Committee.

Dave lives in Gig Harbor, WA and Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and four children. They enjoy camping, traveling, hiking and kayaking.