Personal Service Team Board Of Directors

Management Team

John Engelbrecht
Founder & CEO

John Engelbrecht is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of m2 Lease Funds LLC. He has been in the equipment leasing industry since 1975.

John has presented numerous seminars and training programs for both private industry and professional organizations. He has served on many boards of directors and has been active on many non-profit committees including the Equipment Leasing Association and the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors.

John attended Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, Illinois and is also a graduate of the Lease Institute, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, New York.

"In today's world, finding credit is often easier than finding a commitment to personalized service. That's why our philosophy is to remain a smaller firm, where decision makers work directly with the client to meet every need."

Richard W. Couch
President and COO
262.789.6676 Brookfield, WI

Rich Couch is m2 Lease Funds’ President and Chief Operating Officer. Rich has over 25 years of experience in equipment finance and commercial banking in various management and sales capacities, including 13 years with Wisconsin based M&I’s Equipment Finance and Correspondent Banking divisions. Rich has worked with banks throughout the country to assist them in providing leasing capabilities to their existing and prospective customers.

Rich is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he received his business undergraduate and MBA degrees.

Christine Kennedy
Chief Financial Officer

Christine Kennedy has served as Chief Financial Officer of m2 Lease Funds LLC since 2000. She has over 20 years of business accounting and management experience. Prior to working in the leasing industry, Christine was employed by a public accounting firm as well as businesses involved in real estate and software development.

Christine has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Whitewater, Wisconsin. She is a certified public accountant.

Brian Besler
Senior Vice President

Brian Besler is the Vice President of Administration for m2 Lease Funds, LLC. A graduate of Ripon College in 1991, Brian has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry Brian joined m2 in 2008. Based in the Brookfield headquarters, Brian also performs administrative functions such as asset quality, portfolio monitoring in addition to business development. Prior to joining m2, Brian worked for 12 years as the Director of Administration for a private, mortgage banking firm in Milwaukee. Brian and his family live in Wauwatosa, WI where he also is involved in many volunteer activities.

Sales Team

Paul Celentani
Leasing Officer

Paul Celentani joined m2 Lease Funds in August of 2017 as a leasing officer. With multiple years of sales experience, Paul understands the fundamentals to building each client’s business by understanding their goals, opportunities, and challenges. He prides himself on providing the utmost service to his clients and continually developing those relationships to drive results.

Prior to working in the leasing industry, Paul worked in sales for one of the nation’s leading boom truck crane dealers. His sales responsibilities included working with construction companies throughout the state of Wisconsin and the Twin Cities.

After graduating from Marquette University, where Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, he taught English for two years. One year at Marquette University High School through the school’s Alumni Service Corps Program and the other at Brookfield Academy.

Paul currently resides in Milwaukee and in his free time, Paul enjoys coaching high school football.

Jacqueline Flynn
Senior Vice President

Jacqueline Flynn, a Senior Vice President, joined m2 in October 2018. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Jacqueline brings over 30 years leasing experience to m2 and has held both management and sales positions with both bank-owned and independent finance companies including CIT and GE Capital.

Over the years she has developed and managed vendor accounts in the woodworking, medical, construction, automotive, printing and office equipment space. She prides her success on a steady and consultative sales approach and the tenacity and honesty she brings to every relationship. Jacqueline resides in Boston, MA with her husband David and her 2 adult children.

Rick Gravelle
Senior Vice President

Rick has over 20 years of experience in the Leasing and Financing industry. Having worked for a technology distributor and a large international bank, he brings a wealth of knowledge from the IT / computer technology sector where he can provide a unique financial perspective and guidance on the benefits of financing Hardware, Software and Services.

With the constant advancement in technology, many companies are replacing and upgrading regularly with multi-vendor solutions. This is an area where M2 Lease Funds can provide a distinct advantage with our brand independence, flexible payment structures and business friendly credit underwriting that allows most companies (not just the Fortune 500) to optimize cash flow by aligning project costs with anticipated benefits while freeing up cash to preserve existing credit lines for core business needs. He would welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific equipment financing needs.

"Chip" David Houser
Senior Vice President

"Chip" David Houser is a Senior Vice President of our Healthcare Finance Group located in Columbia SC. Chip graduated in 1983 with a BA from the University of South Carolina and attended North Carolina State for graduate studies. Since his graduation, Chip has completed several professional courses including being awarded the Certified Leasing Professional designation. Chip has been in the equipment leasing and finance industry since 1986 working primarily for bank owned leasing and finance companies. Chip and his family live in Columbia, SC.

John O’Connor
Vice President

John serves as Vice President and National Business Development Manager of M2 Lease Funds LLC. A graduate of The University of Iowa, John brings over 20 years of commercial equipment leasing experience and 30 years of outside sales experience. His background and knowledge have allowed John to fine-tune his selling process and provide clients with the highest level of sales and service standards.

John’s personal mission statement is to "focus on customer success and build relationships through providing responsive, on-site, personal service and value-added finance solutions."

John and his four daughters, reside in North Coralville. At m2 Lease Funds, we are uniquely qualified to offer you the best personalized service for all your equipment leasing needs.

Richard Popp
Senior Vice President

Richard Popp has over 25 years of experience in the equipment leasing industry, having owned his own firm for many years.

He works quite extensively in the food and bakery industry from his office in Tampa, FL. Having joined M2 Lease in 2012 as a senior vice president, he enjoys expanding his network and growing his account base. At M2 Lease we will offer the best Service to and your clients.

Richard and his family live in Tampa.

James Rogers
Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development

James Rogers joined m2 Lease Funds in June 2019. James has over 20 years’ experience in equipment sales and sales management. His product knowledge and relationships in the industry will greatly benefit our clients. Prior to joining m2, James worked at a global leader in construction equipment manufacturing as a Sales Director providing direct sales and support to construction companies throughout the USA.

James is a graduate of Illinois State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He resides in Georgia were he enjoys family, friends, golf, and cars.

Gary Stang
Senior Vice President

Gary Stang, a Senior Vice President, works out of our St. Paul, MN office. He has held various positions in the equipment leasing industry since his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration in 1977. He joined m2 in 2008. As a generalist, Gary has an extensive knowledge of many industries and equipment types. Gary has customers and relationships in almost every state in the country. Gary prides himself on his fast, personalized, professional service. Gary and his family reside in St. Paul MN.

Bruce Volk
Senior Vice President

Bruce Volk joined M2 in August of 2016. Bruce has over 30 years of experience in Equipment Finance Industry and has always maintained the “Keep your customers satisfied” attitude. He prefers building relationships rather than customers over the years and has a very loyal following. He prides himself on his direct approach and honesty with his customers. Bruce successfully ran his own lease brokerage firm for over 15 years. Prior to that he Managed a Heavy Equipment Company for over 10 years and also did financing for several John Deere Dealerships. Bruce currently resides in So. California with his wife Jill.

Donna Welter
Senior Vice President

Donna’s equipment leasing and financing career spans 30 years serving in various management and sales positions. She spent 16 years with Associates Commercial Corporation finishing as General Manger/VP of the Pittsburgh, PA construction equipment office, she then moved on to US Bank serving as VP Business Development with their Vendor Finance Group.

Donna graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 and continues to learn taking numerous leadership and sales management graduate classes. She is a highly experienced, award wining sales executive that takes pride in creating financial solutions for her clients by taking a consultative approach and developing long term customer relationships.

Donna and her husband, Garrin, reside in the Pittsburgh, PA area and have two daughters both in college.

Michael Wilkins
Vice President

Michael has over 10 years of experience in the equipment leasing industry, having held various business development roles for a large bank and independent equipment finance company. His primary responsibilities included prospecting and managing national accounts in the healthcare market.

Having joined M2 Lease in 2013 as a vice president, he is a trusted advisor in developing and servicing vendor programs with manufacturers, distributors, and dealers across the country.

Michael and his wife are both proud graduates of Iowa State University and along with their 3 children live in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Professional Staff

Jennifer Carstens Jennifer Carstens
Tax Director

Jennifer Carstens serves as the Tax Director for m2 Lease Funds LLC. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in corporate tax, including international tax, income tax, property tax, and sales tax. Prior to working in the leasing industry, Jennifer was employed by a public accounting firm as well as businesses in the retail, manufacturing, and telecommunications industries.

Jennifer earned a State and Local Tax Certificate, as well as a Masters in Taxation. Jennifer stays current on tax statutes by acting as production manager for the Multistate Corporate Tax Guide, published by CCH Incorporated and its affiliates.

Jennifer lives with her family in Waukesha, WI and serves on the non-profit board of directors for the Finnish-American Society of the Midwest.

Jennifer Carstens Rusty Long
General Counsel and Sr. V.P.

Rusty Long is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for m2. Formerly in house at JP Morgan Chase, Rusty has been practicing in the area of creditor’s rights since 1979. He is AV rated, has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer® and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor/debtor insolvency, reorganization and commercial litigation.