Ahern Executive Bios
Don F. Ahern | Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Don Ahern has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 1994. From 1978 to 1994, Mr. Ahern was the sole proprietor of Los Arcos Equipment, an equipment rental company. Mr. Ahern has over 35 years of experience in the equipment rental industry. Don Ahern is Evan Ahern’s father.
Evan B. Ahern | President
Evan Ahern has been our President since July 2013. From March 2004 to July 2013, Mr. Ahern was our Executive Vice President. He joined our board of directors in April 2004. He served as Chief Information Officer 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 our 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.
D. Kirk Hartle | Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
D. Kirk Hartle has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2013. From March 2009 to July 2013, Mr. Hartle was our Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer; previously, he served as Vice President of Finance starting in September 2007, and before that he served as our Director of Finance from the time he was hired in February 2004. His responsibilities include oversight of all of our accounting and financial reporting. During his career, Mr. Hartle has held senior management positions with KPMG LLP and Deloitte LLP. Before joining Ahern Rentals, Mr. Hartle was chief financial officer for five years with a publicly held golf retail and sports entertainment company. Mr. Hartle also is a past president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Alumni Association and served on its Board of Directors for 13 years.
Howard L. Brown | Vice Chairman and Secretary
Howard L. Brown has been our Vice Chairman since July 2013. From September 1997 to July 2013, Mr. Brown was our Chief Financial Officer. He joined our board of directors in April 2004. Mr. Brown has over 40 years of finance experience. Before 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 | Director
Mark J. Wattles joined our board of directors in April 2004. In 1988 Mr. Wattles founded Hollywood Entertainment Corporation (“Hollywood Video”). Until the sale of Hollywood Video in 2005, Hollywood Video had 30,000 employees, 2,000 corporate-owned video rental stores, and 700 corporate-owned game stores. Mr. Wattles served as Hollywood Video’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer until it was sold. From August 1998 through June 2000, Mr. Wattles also served as Chief Executive Officer of Reel.com, an independently operated online retailer of movies owned by Hollywood Video. Since January 2005, Mr. Wattles has served as President of Wattles Capital Management, LLC, a capital management company that invests in public and private companies providing consumer products and services.
Mark S. Brown | Director and Senior VP of Business Growth and Development
Mark S. Brown has been a major part of Ahern's 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.