VANCOUVER, British Columbia -

Houston-based Auto Financial Group reinforced its Canadian leadership this week.

The company announced that Mark Caschera has been appointed vice president of AFG Leasing Canada in a move meant to bolster AFG’s mission to expand its program in Canada to meet the rising consumer demand for leasing.

AFG explained the program can allow credit unions to provide leasing options to their members looking to lease both new and used vehicles. AFG manages the residual value risk and the vehicle turn-in process, making the leasing experience more convenient for members.

“We are pleased Mark has taken this new position following several years in the role of general manager. He is very experienced in all aspects of auto finance and leasing and we look forward to his continued success expanding our program in Canada,” AFG chief executive officer Richard Epley said in a news release.

AFG Canada president Peter Birks added, “Mark has been with CULA and now AFG Canada four years and is a highly valued member of our team. He has been very successful in creating and maintaining strong relationships with both our credit union and auto dealer partners.”