LONDON — Fintech firm White Clarke Group today announced that its chairman, Dr. Ed White, was awarded the prestigious International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) “Technology Hall Of Fame 2018” award for his contribution to the industry.

White is an active investor in many technological startups, as well as automotive and specialist financial service companies.  He was behind the development of the first real-time quotation system for Lombard, a British-based finance company that specializes in asset-based lending, back in the 1970s. Together with his business partner, the late Dara Clarke, White founded White Clarke Group in 1992.

White Clarke Group developed the first internet-based vehicle configuration and quotation systems for major OEMs and went on to create the internationally acclaimed CALMS — Customer Acquisition and Lifecycle Management System. Today, the company is known for its full lifecycle loan origination and management software for retail, fleet and wholesale/floorplan finance.

Over the last few years, White has collected several industry awards for the company, including the ‘Personality of the Year’ award.

The International Auto Finance Network took place on Jan. 26 in London. More than 300 delegates from the industry gathered for the conference, which included the awards ceremony in the evening.