The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has selected Robert Boyer to receive its 2017 David H. Fenig distinguished service in advocacy award.

The award, named for ELFA’s former vice president of federal government relations, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association’s advocacy efforts to promote sound public policies for the equipment finance industry.

Boyer is president of Susquehanna Commercial Finance (soon to be renamed BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp).

ELFA president and CEO Ralph Petta said: “As the leading advocate for the equipment finance industry, ELFA plays a critical role in representing our industry before federal and state policymakers, regulators and standards-setting bodies. We wouldn’t be successful without the outstanding efforts of members like Rob Boyer.

“For more than a decade, Rob has worked tirelessly to help educate lawmakers about issues of concern to our industry, advancing the ELFA advocacy agenda and raising awareness of the value of the $1 trillion equipment finance industry to the US economy.”

Boyer said that acting as an ambassador for the industry, clients and associates is a critical function of his role as a leader.

He said: “Engaging in this process over the years with other leaders and our ELFA government relations team on state and federal issues has shown me that collectively and collaboratively, we are capable of shaping policy and orchestrating change.”

Boyer has worked in the equipment finance industry since 1995, and has been an active participant in ELFA. He has served as a member of LeasePAC, ELFA’s non-partisan federal political action committee, and has been a participant in and promoter of ELFA’s annual Capitol Connections advocacy event.

In his current position as president of Susquehanna Commercial Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), Boyer is responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for the organization.