Executive Team

Bill Gillula

Bill Gillula

Bill joined CSI in 1984 as senior vice president and quickly progressed up the ranks to president and eventually to his current position as chairman. From 1973-1984, he worked at Mark Twain Bancshares as senior vice president and CFO, and was president of Mark Twain Leasing when he joined CSI. Bill received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1969 and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University’s Olin School of Business in 1973. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971.

Steve Hamilton

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined CSI in 1983 as a corporate attorney before becoming general counsel in 1988. Beginning in 1999, he led CSI’s international expansion to Europe, Latin America, and Asia until becoming president and COO in 2008. In 2016, he was named vice chairman and CEO. Prior to CSI, Steve was an associate with law firm Susman, Schermer, Rimmel & Parker and a clerk to the Honorable George F. Gunn, Jr., on the Missouri Court of Appeals. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business at the University of Missouri - St Louis, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1977. Steve also received a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in 1980.

Arnaldo Rodriguez

Arnaldo joined CSI in 2002 as managing director of CSI Latina Financial, a holding company for CSI’s Latin American subsidiaries. In addition to serving as CSI Latina Financial’s president, he was promoted to president of CSI’s international division in 2009, overseeing subsidiaries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. In 2016, he was named president, overseeing worldwide sales and marketing. Prior to CSI, Arnaldo was managing director at El Camino Resources de America Latina, Inc; associate director of lease finance at Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC); and an analyst in the Capital Markets Group at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Arnaldo received a bachelor’s degree in business from Audrey Cohen College in 1992.

Toshio Kitamura

Executive Vice President of Global Business Development
Toshio moved to St. Louis from Tokyo in 2015 to join CSI’s board of directors on behalf of Tokyo Century Corporation. In 2016, he became CSI’s executive vice president of global business development and continues to sit on the board. Prior to moving to St. Louis, he was deputy department president and general manager of Tokyo Century. He has also worked for Mizuho Corporate Bank, CIT Group and Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank. He is currently a board member of the Japan America Society of St. Louis. Toshio received an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo in 1986.

Fred O’Neal

Chief Operating Officer
Fred joined CSI in 1990 as vice president and treasurer. In 1994, he was promoted to senior vice president and then to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2003. During that time, Fred oversaw the accounting, tax, treasury and financial reporting areas of CSI. In 2016, Fred was named chief operating officer. Prior to CSI, Fred worked for Mark Twain Bancshares and was president of its leasing company. He also spent three years with Price Waterhouse. Fred is a Certified Public Accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in 1979, and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in 1987.

Paul Keefe

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Paul joined CSI in 2003 as international controller before becoming chief financial officer in 2016. He oversees the accounting, tax, treasury and financial reporting areas of CSI. Prior to CSI, Paul was a finance director for El Camino Resources Argentina in Buenos Aires and a manager of financial analysis with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Paul is a certified public accountant that began his career at Ernst & Young. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fordham University in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration from London Business School in 1993.

Lorraine Cherrick

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Lorraine joined CSI in 1986 as an attorney and was promoted to associate general counsel in 1987 and to general counsel in 1999. In her current position, Lorraine oversees all of CSI’s legal matters, as well as the human resources, lease administration and lease management functions. Prior to joining CSI, she was an in-house lawyer for Exxon Company, U.S.A. in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and literature from Yale University in 1972 and a Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law in 1981. Lorraine is a member of the bars of the States of Missouri and Texas.

Don Pratt

Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Don joined CSI in 1994 as a risk analyst. As chief credit officer, Don manages CSI’s worldwide credit operations and policies. During his tenure, Don has been instrumental in establishing credit operations and policies in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific in concert with CSI’s global expansion. Prior to joining CSI, Don worked in commercial lending. Don earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Chas McDaniels

Executive Vice President and Chief Pricing Officer
Chas joined CSI in 2001 as a credit analyst and, after a series of promotions, was named executive vice president and chief pricing officer in 2016. Prior to this, Chas managed the domestic credit department as CSI’s senior vice president and United States chief credit officer. In his current role, he is responsible for setting lease pricing for the sales force and overseeing the portfolio management and commissions groups. Prior to joining CSI, Chas worked in the banking industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also minored in economics, and his Masters of Business Administration in finance and accounting from Regis University.

Carlos Milian

Executive Vice President of International Funding & Syndications
Carlos manages funding and syndications for all international business outside of the U.S. and Canada. He joined CSI in April 2003 as funding manager of CSI Latina Financial, mainly managing larger one-off transactions for the Latin American region. He was later named vice president of syndications, and then executive vice president of syndications for CSI Latina in 2010, managing all funding for the Latin region. Prior to CSI, Carlos was president of a small ticket finance company, mainly serving Latin American clients importing equipment from the U.S. with the support of the Export Import Bank of the United States Guarantee Program. Before this, Carlos held several key credit positions, mainly with fortune 500 companies, such as Carrier Corporation, Tech Data Corporation and Compaq Computer. Carlos received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami in 1988 with a major in finance.

Barry Naylor

International Controller
Barry joined CSI in 2000 as managing director of CSI UK before being promoted to European director in 2008. In 2016, he was promoted to international controller and maintains responsibility for credit underwriting in our European operations. Prior to joining CSI, Barry worked in commercial lending. He received a bachelor's degree with honors in history and economics from the University of Lancaster in 1986 and received his Master of Business Administration specializing in financial services from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998.

Dan Fuller

Dan is responsible for overseeing the general operations of CSI’s wholly owned subsidiary, EPC. After working in the insurance business for several years, Dan founded EPC in 1984, and its principal business was buying and selling personal computers. EPC became a CSI company in 1998, and Dan continues to manage the business, which has grown to be one of the largest equipment resellers in the Midwest and one of the premier asset recovery solutions providers in the country.