— Merchants Leasing announced that Richard Pipenhagen has joined the company as regional sales manager. He will be based in Arizona and concentrate his efforts primarily in the Mountain states. With more than 20 years experience in the fleet leasing industry, Pipenhagen comes to Merchants from PHH Arval, where he was Western regional vice president. Prior to that, Pipenhagen was with LeasePlan USA, Inc., where he held various positions over the years as vice president of sales and senior vice president of global sales and marketing. Pipenhagen resides in Chandler, Ariz.