Mission: GreatAmerica Mission
We help our Customers achieve greater success.
Our passion for excellence in everything we do will make us a business without competition.
"I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining a high level of accuracy, makes each day fun and challenging." - Ryan, Sales & Ops Specialist
(Along with our favorite Tony quote, "Today is the best day ever, and tomorrow will be even better!")
Congrats, again, to Tyler for winning the chance to spin our Wheel-of-Great-Fortune!
Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer
Tony Golobic, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of GreatAmerica Financial Services, has been involved in equipment financing since 1971.
Prior to founding GreatAmerica in 1992, Tony served as General Manager of GE Capital Office Technology Financial Services, President and Chief Executive Officer of LeaseAmerica Corporation, and Senior Vice President of Mellon Financial Services.
Tony earned his M.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1971 and a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting from Roosevelt University in 1969. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Tony is a member of the Board of Trustees of Coe College, the Iowa College Foundation, and Mercy Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of CRST International Inc. Tony has been a member of the following Boards of Directors: Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Village Bank & Trust Company, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, and Eastern Iowa Enterprise Council.
Tony is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army service in Vietnam.
Stan Herkelman is President of GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation. Stan, along with Joe Terfler and David Pohlman, is a member of the GreatAmerica Office of the President. The Office of the President makes strategic, financial, and operational decisions that set the direction of the company.
Prior to joining GreatAmerica in 1998, Stan practiced law, representing primarily institutional lenders in commercial asset-based lending transactions, workouts, and bankruptcies.
Stan earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.B.A. from the University of Iowa with an accounting emphasis. He is a member of the bar in Iowa and Illinois and holds a Certified Public Accountant designation.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
David Pohlman is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. David, along with Stan Herkelman and Joe Terfler, is a member of the GreatAmerica Office of the President. The Office of the President makes strategic, financial and operational decisions that set the direction of the company. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, David is responsible for the sales, marketing, operations and strategic planning for all Business Units within GreatAmerica.
Prior to joining GreatAmerica in 2003, David was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of US Bancorp's small ticket vendor leasing businesses. Prior to US Bancorp, David spent 11 years with Lyon Financial Services. His positions included General Manager of their BCL office equipment business unit and General Manager of their Secured Funding healthcare business unit.
David earned his B.S. from St. Cloud State University and an advanced management degree from Babson School of Executive Education. David is a former Board Member of the United Way of East Central Iowa.
GreatAmerica is a national commercial equipment finance company dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime.
GreatAmerica established its headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992 as GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation. In 2012, GreatAmerica changed its name to GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation to reflect its expanded service offerings beyond financing.
GreatAmerica now has a staff of over 500 employees with offices in Georgia, Minnesota, and Missouri. We provide financing and consulting services in all fifty states and some U.S. Territories.
OWN YOUR FUTURE, MAKE AN IMPACT
Wondering what it would be like to intern with GreatAmerica this summer? Listen to one of our very own GreatAmericans discuss her time as a Credit Analyst intern last summer! Why did she decide to stay with us after graduation? The team environment, the ability to make real contributions, and to see your results.
I worked at GreatAmerica Financial Services full-time (More than 3 years)
Best of the best employees, great managers, and truly inspirational leaders in the C suite. Massive transparency, especially compared to the industry. Mentorship and training for new hires and throughout one's career. Teamwork and compassion for others. The things that matter most in work satisfaction. If you are fortunate enough to make it deep into the interviewing process, you will probably pick up on this yourself. Seeing is believing.
1. A lot of "reactivity" and interruptions in the business (e.g., lots of in-bound calls to service clients and their customers). Because of the very open office environment, even if you are not in customer service or sales, you are subject to a lot of noise and distractions, which can lead to inefficiency and frustration for certain personality types.
2. Even though they are head-and-shoulders above anyone else in the industry and win "best leasing company" every year for their great culture internally and externally, I think the sorts of rates, ancillary fees (leasing company-driven or government-imposed in the form of unjustifiable taxes), and practices (e.g., Fair Market Value leases that will continue to rebill a customer indefinitely -- even for *years* beyond the originally-agreed to term) that are associated with the entire small-ticket equipment leasing industry -- regardless of a particular company's transparency internally or externally -- should given any honest person pause . Although this is not why I left a sales position with GreatAmerica, looking back, I couldn't see myself working in sales again in this industry.
3. Vacation time and salary for the first year or two are unreasonably low, in my opinion. Especially vacation time for the first year (only 5 days!) Nevertheless, for someone who is a go-getter and is looking for a company to stay with for a career, it could be a good investment. Given that GreatAmerica is clearly the best company to work for in Cedar Rapids, this could fit the bill for many people.
Advice to Management
More flexibility to work from home for tenured employees with strong track records, at least for certain job functions.
More risk tolerance for things "outside the box" when there is a good business case.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at GreatAmerica Financial Services (Cedar Rapids, IA) in September 2016.
The process took a long time. First you go in to take a timed test and meet with possible team leaders who interview you. Then if you passed the test you were asked to come back in and do a structured interview where you were scored and had to get a minimum score. It then took 3-4 days to get back to me just to tell me that I didn't get the job. They told me I was too much of a team player and wouldn't succeed on my own. Well good to know that this company isn't about teamwork like they promote