Five Questions With… Jim Murray of Western Funding

Five Questions With is a monthly Q&A segment on AutoFinanceExcellence.org that offers a glimpse of what senior industry executives are thinking about outside the boardroom. Read on to find out. Jim Murray has led Western Funding Inc. since September 2017. He came to Las Vegas-based Western Funding with two decades of specialty finance experience in […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • April 5, 2019
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California Expands Auto Loan Protections for Servicemembers

On September 19, California governor Jerry Brown signed AB 3212 which provides benefits and protections to servicemembers under the state’s Military and Veterans Code. It is the state’s version of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 U.S.C. § 3952. AB 3212 extends the length of time that servicemembers in California are protected against […]
  • Chad Fuller
  • December 12, 2018
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Westlake Exec Outlines Auto Finance Strategy for the Current Economic Cycle [VIDEO]

Technology tools will help lenders navigate and excel in the current financial cycle, said Paul Kerwin, Westlake Financial EVP and CFO, at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. “For auto finance, we’re really in a new cycle and a new game,” Kerwin said. “The cycle started in 2009. Everything was pretty easy — there wasn’t […]
  • Monica Melton
  • November 20, 2018
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Ramping Up Operations With an Eye Toward Acquisition

If there is one lesson Westlake Financial Services has learned since it started purchasing portfolios back in 2011, it’s to prepare for hiccups along the way. Through the launch of portfolio acquisition and management divisions, the lender has discovered several essential practices that businesses should incorporate for successful acquisitions and overall growth. Westlake leverages its third-party […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • August 29, 2018
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Westlake Details Benefits of Vendor Partnerships

Lenders can cut operational costs by partnering with third-party vendors and allowing them minor involvement in specialized services without diverting focus from a lender’s core business, Paul Kerwin, chief financial officer of Westlake Financial Services, told Auto Finance Excellence. Third-party vendors create a mutually beneficial relationship. Lenders reduce operation costs and better optimizes services that […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • August 1, 2018
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7 Auto Finance Innovation Ideas for 2018

For the auto finance industry, the challenge is clear: a deluge of technology change is coming, and lenders need to take action to in order not to be shut out of the competition. Lenders, dealers and manufacturers need to think about mobile payment technology and how they plan to integrate their systems, what shoppers want […]
  • Emma Sandler
  • December 26, 2017
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Lenders Seek Balance When Investing in Innovation

It’s no secret that being first to market when investing in innovation can offer a competitive edge, but lenders must be prepared for the complications that come with investing in unproven technology. However, those that don’t lead the charge, risk being too late to the punch — so where is the balance? The real risk […]
  • Natalie Mattila
  • July 27, 2016
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