Corporate History

Jordan Thomas, Inc. was founded in October of 1984.

Throughout the 1980s, Jordan Thomas, Inc. acted as a broker/intermediary of leases and loans both individually and in portfolios which were generated by various lessors, corporations and banks for resale to the institutional secondary market. Jordan Thomas would review and analyze the leases and loans for suitability of acquisition by its various institutional U.S.-based funding sources.

In the early 1990s, Jordan Thomas expanded into the mergers and acquisitions advisory business for the leasing and lending industry. Mergers and acquisitions were completed for:

  • Sun America Life Insurance Company
  • First City Bank
  • Newcourt Capital Corporation
  • CRA Inc. (CIT)
  • Relational Funding (Pritzker Group)
  • Econocom-USA (French subsidiary)
  • El Camino Resources, Ltd.
  • ...and many more.

The year of 1996 drew Jordan Thomas into the international funding arena. An exclusive relationship was developed with Kleinwort Benson Limited in the U.K., they later were to become the international investment banking arm of Dresdner Bank AG, now Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein a subsidiary of Alliance GMBH, Germany's largest insurance company. Our purpose was to open the U.S. market for its funding of U.S. domestic and international loans and leases generated by U.S.-based high technology manufacturers (vendors). Jordan Thomas was able to develop relationships that were generating over $500 million annually by the end of 2001, when Dresdner exited the market completely. The vendor financing programs were established with:

  • IBM Credit
  • Hitachi Credit
  • Oracle
  • HP Financial Services
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Silicon Graphics
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Cray Research
  • EMC Corporation
  • ...and many more.

Many of those relationships, along with those developed with major banks, independent lessors and brokers, have continued to this day as clients of the Jordan Thomas indirect financing programs.

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