About Us

Our Services

We finance new/used equipment & machinery in the following industries:

  1. Manufacturing & Metal Cutting

    • Auxiliary Automotive Equipment
    • CAD CAM Equipment
    • Material Handling & Logistics
    • Food Processing
    • Machine Tools
    • Plastic Injection Machines
    • Molding Packaging Equipment

  2. Manufacturing Fabrication

    • Press Brakes
    • Shears
    • Lasers
    • Waterjets
    • Plasmas
    • Iron workers
    • Saws
    • Punch
    • Presses
    • Grinders
    • Notching
    • Conveyors
    • Plate Rolls
    • Welders & Welding Systems
    • Tube Bending

  3. Metrology – Quality Control

    • CMM
    • Inspection Gauges
    • Scanners
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Hard Gauging

Organizations We Sponsor:

Tech Financial Services

Tech Financial Services, a division of Five Lakes Financial, has been an industry leader since 2003. Over the years, we have built our reputation and expanded our expertise to offer financing solutions to the finest manufacturing companies in the business.

We proudly serve machine tool distributors, manufacturers, and end-user customers by providing a wide range of financing and leasing options and specialized business solutions. Given our experience, combined with our knowledge of the economic and organizational issues confronting our machine tool customers, we are able to provide the most competitive financing alternatives, and differentiate ourselves from traditional lending sources.

Tech Financial Services takes pride in offering financing and leasing options for today’s manufacturers. The experts at Tech Financial have over 50 years of combined experience in financing and leasing machine tool equipment. We understand the equipment and the industry and our programs will give you the flexibility to acquire the equipment you need. If you are a dealer, looking to provide financing options to your customers, we can provide competitive options because we specialize in new and used equipment and machine leasing and loans. We can provide your clients with loan and leasing options that fit their needs and budgets.

We offer creative and custom equipment and machinery loans and leases that fit your business. If you require a loan, a lease, or a custom tailored alternative for a new or used equipment purchase, we can offer a package that fits within your business plan and best serves your financial needs.

Our Team

Mark Charlton

Mark Charlton


Mark attended Marquette University and graduated from the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin. He began his career in banking but quickly transferred into the equipment leasing arena.

In 1985 he formed an in-house financing company for a major builder/distributor of machine tools, then went on to start Tech Financial Services in 2003. With over 25 years in the manufacturing industry, Mark continues to grow the business and build lasting relationships with his clients.

Sara Charlton

Sara Charlton

Vice President

Sara graduated from Creighton University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science.

After graduation she took a job in finance and moved to Colorado. Sara joined Tech Financial in 2015, and now also with her MBA, she uses her experiences in Tech and Finance to build and foster relationships in the manufacturing space to serve customers around the country.

Kobe Knaak

Kobe Knaak

Vice President of Sales

Kobe graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2020, with a degree in Agricultural Business Management.

Kobe has been with Tech Financial for 5 years as an administrative assistant. He is now taking on new business and is eager to jump start his career. Kobe is able to assist clients in various ways, from sales to documentation and funding.

Christi Knaak

Christi Knaak

Operations Manager

Christi joined Tech Financial in 2013, bringing with her extensive knowledge in the Customer Service and Human Resource field.

Christi is responsible for all daily operations including, Documentation, Funding, Accounting, and providing support to all the Sales Representatives. She ensures the smooth operation of our multiple remote offices, and efficient handling of customer inquiries.

Shonda Jacob

Shonda Jacob

Office Manager

Shonda has been with Tech Financial for over 10 years. Shonda is responsible for the Milwaukee office and customer relations.

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