President, Atticus Financial Group
Ray Salama has been in the leasing and business financing industry for more than 25 years, both operating a private firm and as part of the leadership team of one of Canada’s largest leasing companies. Ray has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, business executive, sales professional, manager, trainer and coach.
Ray is Past President of Vancouver Executives Association and he is currently a board member and Past Chair of the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC. He has many years of volunteer experience in various community groups, including ten years of coaching youth soccer. He’s also a pretty active guy – playing multiple sports and enjoying being outdoors as much as possible.
In addition to leading the Atticus team, Ray also maintains and develops the company’s network of lending partners and underwriters. He works closely with clients and other Atticus team members to structure attractive equipment leasing and project financing programs.
Financing Specialist / Consultant
Reg Renner was born and raised in Surrey, BC and attended high school and university in Portland, Oregon. His summer job at a forest seedling nursery turned into a 33 year career as a grower, superintendent and manager in the BC greenhouse industry.
In 2004, he joined Atticus Financial and quickly realized that his combination of forestry and greenhouse experience allowed him to work with a diverse group of clients across North America. As his experience and contacts grew he began to expand into the renewable energy industry and now consults to and works with equipment suppliers, engineers, governmental officials and project developers. He has also spoken at multiple bioenergy conferences and completed a ten part series on ‘Project Financing’ for Canadian Biomass Magazine.
Reg lives in Langley, BC with his wife of 40 years, where they are now learning to enjoy ’empty-nesting’. This includes volunteering at his church and a local senior care facility and traveling to England to visit his married daughter and son-in-law.
A first glance at Al Wozney’s resume might lead you to wonder how he ended up in leasing. After all, he spent 18 years working as a counsellor for people with developmental disabilities — something his degree in Humanities and Education had prepared him for. Then he was the national sales manager for a large jewellery company. It was only after all that experience that he found himself at Atticus, specializing in financing retail and business equipment.
And, you know, it’s a good fit. Al is comfortable dealing with all kinds of different people, and he’s well-schooled in the importance of customer service. He also thoroughly enjoys the challenges of lease financing. You’ll enjoy working with him.
David Bau has been with Atticus since 2004. Primarily focused on the local, small-ticket equipment leasing market, David has specialized knowledge in financing IT equipment, as well as substantial experience in providing restaurant equipment leasing.
David is well-known for being meticulous. He uses his close attention to detail to find his clients the absolute best lease rates available.
A Vancouver born and raised guy with over 40 years of experience in business-to-business sales, Alan Barr brings a wealth of knowledge to commercial leasing. As a successful business owner that specialized in computer equipment, he fully understands the benefits of IT leasing for commercial and government accounts, both large and small.
Alan has a proven track record in the IT sector as well as assisting some of our large corporate clients to arrange leases for railway equipment. Equally important to Alan is building long-term relationships with his clients which have resulted in developing many friendships that go beyond ‘just doing business’.
“I like the service aspect that leasing also provides vendors,” Alan says. “Couple that with the fact that there are many opportunities for offering flexibility and variety in the leasing industry, especially when working with Atticus.”
When he isn’t in the office arranging leases, you might just find him indulging in his other great passion – traveling by boat to exotic locations.
You wouldn’t be far off base if you said Brad ‘inherited’ his interest in leasing from his father. You see, his father, Rolly Witt, was one of the founding fathers of auto leasing in the Greater Vancouver Region. And his dad made a point of passing along the things he’d learned to his son… along with a lot of instructive stories about dealing with customers, equipment suppliers and lenders. Something else he seems to have inherited from Dad is an affable nature and an insistence on being 100% open and honest with everyone he deals with. That’s one good reason why he has a strong client base of repeat business and new referrals. Another good reason is that he has a no-nonsense approach to leasing. If he tells you he can get it done, he will get it done, and at the most competitive rates he can find.
His specialty is all-make vehicle and truck leasing, and he has recently expanded into equipment lease financing. When he isn’t working, you’ll find him sculpting, painting, playing all kinds of sports, or simply enjoying time with his family and friends!
Mario has over 20 years’ experience in the vehicle and equipment leasing industry and he has developed deep relationships with clients across Northern BC and Alberta. Mario is very involved in his home community of Prince George BC, including coaching youth soccer teams and being president of a local athletic association, both for over 10 years each. In addition, Mario has volunteered for many other Northern BC community associations over the years. He is a team-player in every sense of the word.
Mario’s passion for volunteering in sport and other community service carries over to his work life. He enjoys working in a fun environment with other like-minded people and he has a passion for providing excellent customer service and advice – which results in a large and loyal customer base and ongoing referrals from happy clients.
Leasing & Financing Specialist
Eli is from Coquitlam, BC and has recently graduated from university, where he studied Marketing & Finance at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, while playing for RIT’s nationally-ranked men’s lacrosse team. Balancing a heavy course load while training and playing for an NCAA program really sharpened his abilities to handle a full schedule with many responsibilities and time pressures. You simply can’t succeed in that environment without a strong work ethic and good character.
Eli now works with vendors and clients to get them the best leasing or financing plans available to meet their requirements in addition to planning and overseeing Atticus’ marketing and social media efforts. If that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Eli is also a professional lacrosse player with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks and Premier Lacrosse League’s Chrome Lacrosse Club.
Leasing & Financing Specialist
After success in both real estate and advertising, Paul came into the leasing business over 16 years ago and he has become an expert in providing financing services to the transportation sector. He looks after trucking companies and owner operators through his company, Leeder Transport Services, which is an authorized affiliate of Atticus Financial Group. Paul provides a very high level of service to his clients, who enjoy his straight-forward approach and industry knowledge.
Customer Service Manager
Adrienne was originally from Winnipeg, but has enjoyed living on the west coast for more than 20 years now. She is an avid reader and an admitted news junky, always on top of current events.
Adrienne manages all of the little things that make a big difference in our top notch client-service model. She books all transactions into our lease/loan management system so we make sure nothing gets missed and she’s the one to contact if you need a buyout, copy of your lease or any other information about your Atticus account.
Leasing & Financing Specialist
Tracy has spent many years in the financing industry. Her career has seen her travel throughout the western provinces, with the majority of her time being spent in the Alberta market. She is passionate about helping people grow their business and listening to their equipment and financing needs and then coming up with solutions. When she is not working you will find Tracy traveling down the road with her horse trailer and reining horse, attending shows and competitions. Tracy has extensive experience working with farmers and ranchers, so please feel welcome to speak with her about your agricultural equipment financing needs.
Leasing & Financing Specialist
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Sean O’Dea’s adventurous spirit took him to the Yukon in the mining industry, then across Canada where he began his sales career with Xerox Canada in Toronto, where he became the most respected and best trained salesperson in the industry. With over 20 years of experience in business-to-business sales to date, Sean O’Dea brings a wealth of knowledge to commercial leasing. Sean has worked with companies in multiple industry sectors and fully understands the benefits of leasing for commercial and government accounts, both large and small. Delivering a positive customer experience is one of Sean’s core values.
Sean has a proven track record, specifically in the SME sector, having structured literally thousands of leases for thousands of clients. Assisting some of B.C.’s largest law firms, structuring complicated equipment and software purchases, Sean will go to any lengths to achieve the very best deal for your company, striving to improve the customer’s experience at every touchpoint. “Leasing provides vendors and clients a fantastic vehicle to grow and maintain their business” says Sean. “I love the look on their faces when they receive the news that their new equipment is on its way”. Atticus offers my clients flexibility and variety with leasing, that help our customers be more productive, profitable and sustainable, which is especially important in this new business environment.
Outside of working for his client’s best interest, for the last 20 years, Sean has been a dedicated coach and volunteer for youth sports, while at the same time, an active sports player himself. Spending time with family is number one, with a good book a close second.