William G. Sutton CAE
President & Chief Executive Officer
EQUIPMENT LEASING & FINANCE ASSOCIATION
William G. Sutton, CAE, serves as President
and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier
trade association representing more than 580 member organizations in the $827
billion equipment finance sector. Sutton leads the organization in its missions
to foster business development, provide industry research and analysis and deliver
educational opportunities through conferences, webinars and meetings. He oversees the advocacy efforts on behalf of
the organization and the industry. As President of the Equipment Leasing &
Finance Foundation, he coordinates forward-looking research, the primary
mission of the Foundation.
Previously, Sutton served as
Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services, a unit of the U.S. Department
of Commerces International Trade Administration. Appointed by President George
W. Bush, Sutton was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
Sutton joined the Commerce
Department after serving for five years as president of the Air Conditioning
and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), an association that represents manufacturers
of more than 90 percent of North American-produced central air conditioning and
commercial refrigeration equipment. During his ARI tenure, Sutton served as an
officer of the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing
Associations, and he served on the Boards of Directors for the American
National Standards Institute, North American Technician Excellence, the Air
Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute and the Clifford H. Ted
Rees Scholarship Foundation.
Sutton is a former U.S. Navy Rear
Admiral with 30 years military service. During his time in the Navy, he served
as Naval Aide to President Ronald Reagan and Director of Programs in the Navy
Office of Legislative Affairs, in addition to numerous operational at-sea
assignments, including ship, squadron and group commands.
Currently, Sutton is an active member of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerces Committee of 100, the Board of Trustees for the United States
Capitol Historical Society, and the Executive Board of the National Capital
Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2013, he received the
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association and
the 10th Annual Financial Services Good Scout Award from the National Capital
Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He holds an M.S. in Naval
Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and a B.S. in Naval Engineering from the United States Naval
Academy. He maintains the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential
through the American Society of Association Executives.