About Us

Kirk Phillips

Kirk Phillips

President and Chief Operating Officer
469-777-5656 | kphillips@wintrust.com

Kirk is a 25 year veteran of the financial services industry having held positions with AIG, Transamerica, and ITT Commercial Finance. He was a key member in the de novo startups of Transamerica Equipment Financial Services and AIG Commercial Equipment Finance having held positions of VP – New Business Development, SVP over Direct Originations and the Marine Finance Group and most recently as a Managing Director with AIG Investments. He has experience in all aspects of the equipment finance and leasing industry including the origination, underwriting, documentation and funding along with portfolio management. He has developed and trained high performing direct origination teams with both a domestic and international focus. He studied Finance and Banking at Stephen F. Austin State University where he received both a BBA and MBA.

Jeff Darlington

Jeff Darlington

Executive Vice-President
& Chief Financial Officer

469-777-5640 | jdarlington@wintrust.com

Jeff is a 25 year veteran of the financial services industry including 19 years in the finance/leasing industry with AIG, CIT, ORIX Financial Services and Associates Commercial Corporation as well as 6 years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG Peat Marwick. Held senior leadership roles such as Controller and Chief Financial Officer and experienced leading all aspects of the finance, accounting, tax, operations, and IT functions. Managed businesses from $250M to $12B and familiar with turnaround scenarios, building teams, and growing businesses. BBA in Accounting from Baylor University and a Certified Public Accountant.

Paul Hallauer

Paul Hallauer

Executive Vice President
& Chief Credit Officer

469-777-5653 | phallauer@wintrust.com

Paul has 22 years experience at industry leading commercial finance and leasing businesses. Experienced in all aspects of portfolio management and administration including: credit underwriting, documentation, funding, asset/equipment management, portfolio monitoring/reporting, collections, and workouts. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, primarily with GE Capital and AIG. Leadership positions include Senior Credit Manager and, most recently, Managing Director. Proven leader who has hired and managed effective and cohesive teams that have generated diversified and profitable multi-billion portfolios. BBA/MBA in Finance.

Joseph F. Thompson

Joseph F. Thompson

Executive Vice President
& Chief Operating Officer

469-777-5654 | jthompson@wintrust.com

Joseph is a 25 year veteran of the financial services industry with notable industry leading institutions including Bank of America Securities, GE Capital, Transamerica and AIG. He has held key roles in all aspects of the commercial finance and leasing business including extensive experience in direct origination, capital markets and portfolio management. Recognized in the industry for recruitment, development and management of high performing teams. Mr. Thompson has a BBA/MBA in Finance and carries his 7, 63, 24 and 79 securities licenses.