Ahern Equipment Rentals Executive Bios
Don F. Ahern
Don F. Ahern has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 1994. Prior
to that, since 1978, Mr. Ahern was the sole proprietor of Los Arcos Equipment, an equipment rental company. Mr. Ahern has over
30 years of experience in the equipment rental industry. Mr. Ahern is Evan B. Ahern’s father.
Evan B. Ahern
Evan B. Ahern has been our Executive Vice President since March 2004 and joined our board of directors in April 2004. He served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 1998 to May 2007. Between 1993 and 1998, Mr. Ahern was responsible for managing and implementing our technology infrastructure. From 1990 through 1993, Mr. Ahern held various other positions with the Company. Mr. Ahern has been and continues to be involved in nearly every aspect of the Company’s operations. He spends much of his current time in business development activities, branch level process reengineering and training, and technology integration into every aspect of our business to improve operational efficiencies and effectiveness. Mr. Ahern is Don F. Ahern’s son.
Howard L. Brown
Howard L. Brown has been our Chief Financial Officer since September 1997. He joined our board of directors in April 2004.
Mr. Brown has over 34 years of finance experience. Prior to joining us, from October 1995 through September 1997, Mr. Brown was
Chief Financial Officer of the H&O Foods division of Rykoff-Sexton, Inc. (now known as U.S. Foodservice, Inc.), the largest food
service distributor in Las Vegas, Nevada. From September 1992 through October 1995, Mr. Brown was Chief Financial Officer of
H&O Foods, Inc.
Mark J. Wattles
Mark J. Wattles joined our board of directors in April 2004. Mr. Wattles founded Hollywood Entertainment Corporation
(“Hollywood”), a chain of video rental and game stores, in June 1988, and until September 1998 he served as Hollywood’s Chairman
of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer. From August 1998 through June 2000, Mr. Wattles left his full-time position at
Hollywood and served as Chief Executive Officer of Reel.com, then a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood. In August 2000,
Mr. Wattles returned full time to Hollywood to assist with changes in its business strategy. He served as President of Hollywood from
January 2001 until January 2004 and as Chief Executive Officer from January 2001 until February 2005. Since January 2005,
Mr. Wattles has served as President of Mark Wattles Enterprises, LLC, a capital management company that invests in companies
providing consumer products and services. In April 2005, Ultimate Acquisition Partners, L.P., an entity owned by Mark Wattles
Enterprises, LLC, purchased from Ultimate Electronics, Inc. the assets associated with 32 Ultimate Electronics and SoundTrack
stores. Since that time, Mr. Wattles has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ultimate Acquisition Partners, L.P., which does business
as Ultimate Electronics and SoundTrack and is a retailer of home entertainment and consumer electronics products. In 2001,
Mr. Wattles was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Marriot Business School at Brigham Young University.
P. Enoch Stiff
P. Enoch Stiff joined our board of directors in April 2004. Mr. Stiff has been the managing partner of the Executive Management
Group, a consulting firm specializing in effective management practices for senior executive teams of midsize businesses, since
November 2002. Additionally, since January 2004, Mr. Stiff has been a partner in the Value Management Group, a Chicago-based
investment management company that focuses on manufacturing companies. From September 2000 to November 2002, Mr. Stiff
provided independent business consulting services to executive management groups. From September 1996 to September 2000,
Mr. Stiff was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of OmniQuip International, Inc., a North
American manufacturer of telescopic material handlers, aerial work platforms and other material handling equipment. From
August 1989 to September 1996, Mr. Stiff was the President and Chief Executive Officer of TRAK International, Inc. (“TRAK”), a
wholly owned subsidiary of OmniQuip International, Inc. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of TRAK from
November 1987 to August 1989.
Timothy N. Lotspeich
Timothy N. Lotspeich has been our Senior Vice President of Risk Management and Transportation since April 2005. From
December 1995 until April 2005, he served as our Senior Vice President and was responsible for our floating fleet, transportation and
risk management. Mr. Lotspeich has approximately 23 years of experience in the equipment rental industry. From July 1986 through
December 1995, Mr. Lotspeich served as our California regional manager responsible for supervising operations and sales of all of our
California branches. From April 1983 through June 1986, Mr. Lotspeich served as manager of our Bloomington, California branch
and was responsible for operations and sales of that branch. Prior to joining us, from 1972 through June 1982, Mr. Lotspeich was a
customer service representative for Grove Manufacturing, a large manufacturer of high reach equipment.
Roy Allen Holland, Jr.
Roy Allen Holland, Jr. has been our Vice President of Operations since February 2000 and has over 30 years of experience in
the equipment rental industry. From January 1997 through February 2000, Mr. Holland served as our branch manager at the Bonanza
Road, Las Vegas, Nevada location, responsible for operations and sales at that branch. From February 1976 through January 1997,
Mr. Holland held various positions with us including customer service representative, field sales manager and assistant branch
Richard L. Weaver
Richard L. Weaver has been our Vice President of Purchasing since May 2005. He is responsible for supervising the purchasing
of rental equipment and parts, and inventory management. Mr. Weaver has over 31 years of experience with purchasing and materials
management. Prior to joining us, from January 2001 to May 2005, Mr. Weaver was Managing Principal of Weaver & Associates, a
business management consulting firm specializing in solutions for procurement of supplies and services. From May 1999 to
January 2001, Mr. Weaver was a senior manager with KPMG Consulting, LLC (now known as BearingPoint, Inc.), a business
management consulting firm, where he consulted clients with respect to procurement solutions. From August 1982 to May 1999,
Mr. Weaver was a division manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a science laboratory specializing in national
security applications. From March 1967 to August 1982, Mr. Weaver was employed by International Business Machines Corporation,
where he held various management positions in product manufacturing and inventory management.
Mark S. Brown
Mark S. Brown has been our Vice President of Growth and Development since February 2002 and is responsible for expanding
our operations and sales by opening new branches and enhancing our performance in current branches. Mr. Brown has over 27 years
of experience in the equipment rental industry. From January 1999 through February 2002, Mr. Brown was branch manager of our
Sacramento store, and was responsible for supervising the operations and sales of that store. Prior to joining us, from March 1979
through January 1999, Mr. Brown was an operations manager for Thomas Equipment, an equipment rental company, where he was
responsible for the company’s operations and sales.
Bruce E. Bilyeu
Bruce E. Bilyeu has been our Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction since March 2005. He is responsible for
supervising maintenance and renovation of our existing facilities and construction of our new facilities. Mr. Bilyeu has over 32 years
of experience in the construction industry. From June 1995 to March 2005, Mr. Bilyeu served as our Facilities Manager with
responsibilities similar to those he now has as a vice president. Prior to joining us, from August 1981 to June 1995, he was the
President and sole stockholder of Building Dynamics, Inc., a provider of commercial and residential construction and remodeling
services. From 1974 to August 1981, Mr. Bilyeu worked as an estimator and project manager for several general contractors in Las
Michael S. Stigler
Michael S. Stigler joined Ahern Rentals in 2004 as the Director of IT and was promoted to Vice-president and CIO in May 2007. Mr. Stigler is an experienced business owner, author, and Microsoft Certified systems engineer. In addition to being a founding partner and former CEO of Tech Results, a Nevada corporation that specialized in custom software development for the gaming industry, Mr. Stigler has owned and operated several computer related businesses over the past 15 years. Mr. Stigler was among the first of the Microsoft Certified professionals in Las Vegas and helped create Microsoft Certified training programs in the greater Las Vegas area. Also, Mr. Stigler is an author of several information technology books including SQL Server 2000 Administration (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) and IIS 4 & Proxy Server 2 (Sybex Network Press) which have been translated into multiple languages and are referenced by experts around the world.
D. Kirk Hartle
D. Kirk Hartle has been our Vice President of Finance since September 2007 and previously served as our Director of Finance since he was hired in February 2004. His responsibilities include oversight of all accounting and financial reporting for the Company. During his career, Kirk has held senior management positions in public accounting with KPMG LLP and Deloitte LLP. Prior to joining Ahern Rentals, Kirk was CFO for five years with a publicly held golf retail and sports entertainment company. Also, Kirk is the former President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Alumni Association and has served on its Board of Directors for 12 years.