Leadership Team

Chris A. Di Lillo

Owner and Chief Executive Officer

Chris is an accomplished business owner who has owned and operated several successful enterprises, the primary being Maxus Capital, which he founded in 1993 after a successful tenure at LDI Corporation. With more than 30 years experience in the equipment leasing and commercial finance industry, Chris has resident knowledge on what a middle market business encounters in a debt and capital raise during changing economic conditions. Chris also has a keen perspective from both sides of the negotiation table, as Maxus Capital Group has originated hundreds of millions in quality middle market financings. Chris has also raised more then $450 million in debt and equity for Maxus Capital Group through an equity deal with Morgan Stanley, achieved a debt raise with several regional and national lenders, and a recent private capital raise with a group of professional accredited investors. The mission of building strong customer relations, implementing advanced operating systems, and maintaining the confidence of financial institutions has helped Maxus Capital Group grow and become a trusted capital asset finance source for middle-market to Fortune 100 companies in more than 30 states across the country.


Michael R. Dance

Managing Director

Mike has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial lending and equipment leasing industry, including positions within The CIT Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, General Motors, US West, Sumitomo Corporation of America, ABN AMRO, Westinghouse, Heller Finance and GE Capital.  Having worked with both banking and financial service institutions, he possesses the knowledge of the disciplined and process-oriented banking environment as well as the creative, structure-minded finance company. This provides a balanced blend to institutions looking to align and capitalize on the current market conditions.

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Dennis J. Diemer

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Dennis has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial lending and equipment leasing industry. He served as counsel for Royal Bank of Scotland Asset Finance, ICX Corporation, LDI Corporation and The CIT Group. His primary role is to serve as counsel to Maxus by advising on company strategies and their implementation, selecting outside counsel, negotiating agreements and similar related functions. Dennis also has overall responsibility for Maxus’ administration and human resources functions.

Dennis received his Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, John Marshall College of Law and a BSBA in Finance from Xavier University.


Anthony N. Granata

Vice President

Anthony joined Maxus Capital Group in May 1996 as Vice President – Credit and Funding. He is responsible for overseeing the credit, syndication, and treasury functions for the company. Anthony has more than 28 years of experience in banking and equipment finance.

Anthony received his Master of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University in 1993 and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University in 1986.


Jonathan A. LaFrance

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Jonathan has more than 18 years of commercial experience in the financial sector. He has held several sales and marketing positions within The General Electric Company and GE Capital. Prior to his business experience, Jonathan served four years as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division. His primary responsibilities include marketing and sales force effectiveness.


Aaron P. Thomas

Director – Gulf Coast Region

Aaron is an entrepreneurial-minded, goal-oriented executive, with more than 24 years experience building, growing, and improving the profitability, performance, and value of companies, including private equity portfolio interests. His experience is broad, ranging from start-ups to international, multi-currency, multi-entity, billion-dollar organizations. Mr. Thomas’ skill sets include team building, entity valuation, project finance, and M&A.

Aaron has held Controller positions for Schlumberger Oilfield Services including international roles in Paris, France and Calgary, Alberta. In addition, Mr. Thomas worked for Fugro Chance Inc., was CEO of Odyssea Marine, Inc. and President of a construction management firm focused on the oil and gas industry.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, and is a CPA licensed in Louisiana and Texas.