MAKK Finance is an independent general commercial equipment leasing company incorporated in the State of Kansas. MAKK has provided leasing services and expertise in the equipment lease market place for over 10 years. Our expertise is not limited to any particular business or equipment type.
The success of our business stems primarily from satisfied clients who return time and again when they have equipment leasing needs. Experience has shown that our customers receive outstanding service at a competitive price from MAKK and feel a sense of comfort in dealing with a reputable firm. We would be pleased to hear from you at MAKK.
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Mr. Gustaf founded MAKK Finance in 2006, and currently serves as its President. He also is the associate director of the Bellwether College Consortium, an exclusive organization whose membership consists of award-winning community colleges.
In January of 2007, the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (Authority) named Peter Gustaf president of Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) and chief executive officer of the Authority; he served in this capacity until January of 2011. Mr. Gustaf designed and developed the infrastructure that transformed a small financially challenged trade school into a dynamic institution providing cutting-edge education. The culmination of this transformation resulted in WATC being named the second fastest growing two-year college in the nation and ranked in the top 10% of two-year colleges. WATC became the operator of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) and is housed in these new facilities.
Mr. Gustaf was recruited to Kansas by the presidents of Boeing, Inc., Cessna Aircraft, Bombardier/Learjet, Raytheon Aircraft, and state and local political leaders. The mission was to develop and implement a plan to create a world-class technical education system in Kansas. These executives agreed to invest and serve on the board that became of a new entity. Mr. Gustaf was installed as the executive director and he designed and developed the structure, mission and values of the new company that became the Kansas Technical Training Initiative (KTTI). Mr. Gustaf held this position from June 2002 to January 2011. He was instrumental in bringing the business, education, and political leaders together to create, support, and implement a far-reaching plan that transformed technical education in south central Kansas. The partnerships resulted in the development and construction of a 65 million dollar aviation and advanced manufacturing center called the National Center for Aviation Training. The new 220,000 sq. ft. facility housed state-of-the-art equipment and provided highly technical, world-class curriculum and instruction. Mr. Gustaf developed a unique partnership with the National Center for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University. NIAR is co-housed in NCAT and provides the technical students with access to the education that is derived from the cutting-edge advanced material and aviation research.
Before coming to Kansas to lead KTTI, Mr. Gustaf was president of the South Dakota State Board of Education and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the current growth and success of South Dakota’s technical colleges. Additionally, he was instrumental in the development of the initial statewide K-12 curriculum standards. He served concurrently as the Director of the Small Business Development Center for the University of South Dakota and as an independent business management consultant. He has founded, managed and owned a number of successful profit and non-profit small business enterprises.
Mr. Gustaf received his bachelor’s of science degree from South Dakota State University, a master’s of science degree in management of information systems from Dakota State University, an executive master’s of business administration from Wichita State University, and is currently seeking a doctorate in education at the University of Florida.
He is past president of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Greater Wichita Chamber of Commerce, Madison Area Career Learning Center, South Dakota Commission on Child Support, Madison Depot Restoration Project, and the Glacial Lakes Tourism Association. He served on Kansas Governor Sebelius’s transition review team.
Mr. Gustaf was a member of United States Navy and served as a navigator, intelligence officer, and navy diver aboard two fast attack nuclear submarines where he received a number of awards including the Navy Achievement Medal. He was twice named General Manager of the Year for Ford Motor Company and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Western Dakota Technical Institute and Southeast Technical Institute. Mr. Gustaf is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying, writing, snow skiing, golf, and scuba diving. He has two daughters, Kelli and Erianne.