Meet Our Team
Jim Jenks, CEO & President
Mr. Jenks brings more than 30 years of equipment leasing and investment banking experience to Global Financial, encompassing financings, mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory services.
Prior to founding Global Financial, he formed TIP Electronics to buy, sell and lease semiconductor production equipment on a global basis.
In 1992, he was part of the founding team for Comdisco Electronics Group, which grew to become the global leader of equipment lifecycle management services with over $1B in annual sales. Jenks was recognized twice in the first three years in growing that business as the Top Sales Producer.
In 1999, he co-founded Comdisco Manufacturing Solutions, responsible for delivering value-added, equipment management solutions to the industrial manufacturing industry.
Prior to Comdisco in 1992, he held Senior Management positions in GE Capital Commercial Equipment Finance, Equitable Life Leasing Corporation (ELLCO) and US Leasing Corporation.
Jenks is a graduate of Golden Gate University with a BS in business administration. Jenks serves on the Board of Directors of ROI Networks and is the Chairman of the Board for the Leader Dogs Classic in Scottsdale, AZ. Jenks, while in the U.S. Army he served in Viet Nam and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Larry Zaks, Director of Operations
Larry Zaks has over 30 years of diversified management experience in equipment leasing, banking and finance encompassing credit, lease structuring, customer service, documentation, portfolio administration, municipal leasing, portfolio purchases, equipment remarketing and complex workout situations.
Prior to joining Global Financial, he was vice president in charge of credit and operations for an Arizona based equipment lessor specializing in short term rental and operating leases of diversified equipment including life and analytical science equipment as well as a purchaser of seasoned highly diversified lease portfolios.
Larry also held executive and managerial positions with Federated Capital Corporation, Varilease, Heller Financial (formerly Dana Commercial Credit), River Place Leasing and Master Lease Corp. He started his career at National Bank of Detroit were he completed their highly regarded Lending Officer Training program. Larry became the officer in charge of the Equipment Finance Department in the installment lending division where he served as the assigned officer for indirect business installment lending, commercial lending relationships including equipment and vehicle leasing companies, floor plans, short-term loans, working capital lines of credit and SBA guaranteed loans.
Larry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University’s school of Business Administration, majoring in Finance. He successfully completed Dana University’s Certified Supervisor program and participated in Six Sigma training and process improvement courses. He, together with a colleague, presented a fraud detection and avoidance seminar to the predecessor organization of the EFA and held training sessions for new and experienced employees on lease terminology, “credit college”, credit automation, and utilizing HP financial calculators for lease pricing and analysis.
Larry is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Equipment Leasing Association.
Judi Jenks, EVP Sales
Judi has over 30 years of experience driving bottom-line growth through sales, business development, and executive management roles for former National Equipment Leasing/Finance Companies, that include, US Leasing Corporation, AT&T Capital, and CIT Group.
Judi’s experience allows her to clearly understand the challenges and opportunities that impact an equipment lessor in today’s markets as well as the challenges that every small or medium size company face when needing financing to acquire essential use equipment.
Judi not only brings passion to every aspect of the Company but finds inspiration in working with positive people with new ideas.
Judi holds a BS Degree from Western Michigan University with emphasis in accounting and business administration. She successfully completed courses from Xerox College and Graduate Studies at Western. Currently, her professional affiliations include National Association of Professional Women, ELFA, Board Member of Leader Dogs For the Blind Classic, Director of Community HOA, and Chairperson of HOA Architectural Committee.
Christina Peregrym, Sales Director
Christina Peregrym joins GFRS as Sales Director, and brings a solid background in the healthcare industry which includes positions with medical device manufacturers, managing finance programs for U.S. distributors. Formerly with OrthoScan, Christina will be focusing national sales efforts in the medical, manufacturing, I.T. and telecommunications industries.
Christina is a graduate of Paradise Valley Community College, and resides in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and two children.
Joseph J. Asta, III, EVP Financial Services
As the head of Financial Services, Mr. Asta specializes in structuring solutions for individuals, businesses and other finanical advisors. He brings 20+ years experience within the financial services area. Prior to joining Global Financial & Remarketing Services, Joe was Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Mutual of Omaha Bank, the FDIC and First National Bank of Arizona.
Additionally, Joe was President of Asta Financial Group, a private financial practice, which served individuals and businesses. He received extensive advanced planning insurance training through Northwestern Mutual Life. Joe majored in Communications and minored in Psychology and Business Ethics at the University of Minnesota. He served on the Board of Families with Children from China for eight years. Joe holds his FINRA Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses with Penates Group, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, a registered Broker Dealer.
Norm Clark, Advisor
Mr. Clarke has 25 years experience in telecommunications, electronics, software and venture capital financing.
He was a senior sales and marketing executive with AT&T and MCI before moving to Phoenix based Three-Five Systems. At Three-Five Systems (NYSE: TFS), he led the sales and marketing group, assisted on the Company’s public offering and established the Company’s Motorola account. TFS went from $6 million to $120 million in sales and was the fastest growing company on Wall Street for two consecutive years.
He later went on as a senior executive in several different venture capital backed companies, including President of Capdata Systems Inc.
Mr. Clarke has been an active member of Arizona’s venture capital community for the past 18 years including 4 years as a partner with the venture capital firm Blackwater Capital Group. He is credited with numerous private financings and several public offerings.
Mr. Clarke holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from Wayne State University.