Our Executive Team
James D Jenks
Founder & CEO
Jim “JD” Jenks is the Founder and CEO of GFLS. JD earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco while completing his military commitment in the US Army and return from Vietnam. While serving in a medical unit in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star.
JD is recognized by industry peers as a dynamic and highly successful leasing executive with over 35 years of experience in the industry. This includes forming TIP Electronics , member of the founding team of Comdisco Electronics Group, co-founder of Comdisco Manufacturing Solutions, VP of GE Capital Commercial Equipment finance, VP of Equitable Life Leasing Corporation (ELLCO) and US Leasing Corporation.
Sean Duffy joined GFLS as the Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. He has spent the majority of his career, helping small to medium sized companies achieve their growth objectives by providing outstanding financial and operational leadership. Sean started his career in Portland, OR with stints as an Associate for a boutique Investment Banking firm, an internal auditor for Red Lion Hotels and then a Controller for a startup medical supplies company. After successfully divesting the medical supply company to a strategic investor, he was asked to join Marquis Companies, a provider of senior healthcare services. While there, Sean further developed his entrepreneurial spirit by helping the organization go from less than $10 million in annual revenues to more than $80 million through organic growth and numerous acquisitions.
After moving to Arizona in 2003, Sean became a partner at Tatum, LLC, a national company that provided financial and technology consulting services to a wide range of companies. While there he worked on a number of turn around opportunities. This experience led him to Active Finance Group, a hard-money-lender serving residential real estate investors. Originally engaged as an interim solution at the request of the company’s senior lender, Sean became the full time CFO and an equity partner after managing a complete turnover of the Accounting department and the company’s financial management system.
Sean has a BA in Accounting from the University of Portland and received an MBA in finance from Portland State University while working full time. His vast experience in the small to medium size organization structures will enable him to be a valuable member to our credit committee.
Judi Jenks, CLFP
Judi brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in many aspects of the leasing industry including sales, sales management, documentation, credit, asset disposition, and customer service. Judi’s successful background included companies: US Leasing Corporation, AT&T Capital and the CIT Group.
Judi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in Business Administration and Education. While attending Graduate School, she was employed as a full-time senior high school and adult education teacher in a Michigan school district.
Vakrik (Vince) Tchobanian
Director of Operations
Josh Shull, CLFP
Director of Sales
Prior to joining the GFLS team, Josh had tenure at a Fortune 500 aerospace company, during which he held many positions that directly impacted customers’ bottom line. Along with managing accounts across the globe, his experience includes working with government contracts, procurement and equipment life cycle metrics. Josh has a degree in aviation maintenance and holds FAA airframe and power plant certifications.