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Tom Rude

First Vice President
First Business Equipment Finance


Tom has worked in the equipment finance and leasing industry since 1981 upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has been with First Business since early 2006. His first 17 years were with two prominent national equipment finance companies, before moving into the bank-affiliated equipment leasing business in 1998 with U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and then Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.

Tom’s focus continues to be providing equipment finance and leasing structure to Wisconsin-based small to mid-sized companies, including maximizing the various cash flow and tax benefits available to them.