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"Their excellent service, equipment and punctuality had been the driving factors for Desert Plastering to continue our business endeavor with Ahern Rentals."

Masonry Division, Desert Plastering, LLC.

"Point Blank Framing is quite pleased to be doing business with Ahern Rental. Our sales rep is always available and very helpful…"

Alice Miller, Point Blank Framing

"Ahern Rentals is dedicated to being a technology leader and to getting the job done right the first time."

Nick Schlumpf, Zones Inc.

"Your locations all over town are conveniently located and your repair shop is first rate. We appreciate your service and hope to have a long customer/client relationship."

David M. Davis, Advanced Demolition Technologies

"When it comes to equipment rentals, my local branch 'rocks' KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Thank you."

Manuel Benavides, Boulevard Mall

"Ahern's service is fantastic. They have a tremendous inventory, always delivering what I need when I need it."

Keith Gast, Gast Steel

"They are Jonny on the spot. Service is unbeatable."

Dino Iannucci and Scott Free, Bombard

"Ahern takes care of business better than many other places."

Josh Black, JLG

"It's been a pleasure working with them."

Scott Boivin, Skyjack

"Their staff is organized and they are always thinking ahead. It's fun working with them. I think they're a successful company that will continue to be successful in the future."

Chris Flurer, Sherwin Williams

"The folks at Ahern are true professionals. Ahern is always on top of it!"

Kevin Go, AC/Hughes Supply - Standard Battery

"The folks at Ahern treat us like their number one vendor. They are a real pleasure to do business with."

Tom Creagh, AC/Hughes Supply- Standard Battery

"We could not have completed all the work we have done without the assistance of Ahern Rentals."

Kris Pool, Atlas Mechanical, Inc.

"We have worked with Don Ahern on several projects and have found that he is a great business man and a great force within the community."

Kristin Neuman, APTUS Architecture.

"I take pleasure in doing business with Ahern Rentals, because I know that I am dealing with a stable, reputable and secure firm."

Carlos Avemaria, Buenos Aires A/C & Heating, Inc.

"There is one company however that continually goes above and beyond the call. That company is Ahern. Whether it's generators, fork lifts, rock trucks or excavators, they are our first call when the need arises."

Ken Flippin Jr., Flippin's Trenching

"Thank you so much for bending over backwards for us. You are what 'great customer service' means."

Elizabeth McCafferty, Freeman Marketing Events.

Ahern Executive Bios

Don F. Ahern | Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Don Ahern is the son of John P. Ahern, the founder of the Ahern Rentals business. Mr. Ahern has been Ahern Rentals Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors since February 1994. From 1978 to 1994, Mr. Ahern was the sole proprietor of Los Arcos Equipment, an equipment rental company based in California and Nevada. Mr. Ahern has over 40 years of experience in the equipment rental industry.


Mark S. Brown | Chief Operating Officer

Mark S. Brown joined Ahern Rentals in 1999, and has played a key role in the growth and development of Ahern Rentals. Until 2002, Mark held multiple branch manager and sales manager positions in California and Arizona as new stores were opened, ensuring their early success in new markets, and helping to develop the new local teams. In 2003, Mr. Brown was promoted to Vice President for Growth and Development, tasked with travelling to all new and existing stores to provide high levels of support for team development and drive the growth of the business through the set-up of new branches in key locations across the country. Having held this position for 14 years, Mr. Brown was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Ahern Rentals in April 2017. Mark brings significant equipment rental experience to Ahern Rentals and the Board of Directors, having started in the industry as a dispatcher in 1981.


D. Kirk Hartle | Senior 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. In June 2018, he was named Construction and Real Estate category winner in the second annual CFO of the Year awards, hosted by the Las Vegas Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) for senior financial executives based in Clark County, Nevada.


Howard L. Brown | Vice Chairman

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. Prior to joining Ahern Rentals, 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.


M. Sami Bakdash | General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

M. Sami Bakdash joined Ahern Rentals as VP of Legal and General Counsel in September 2014 with responsibility for the management and oversight of all legal matters and litigation. He was appointed by the Board of Directors as Corporate Secretary in March 2017. Prior to joining Ahern Rentals, Mr. Bakdash worked in private practice serving as outside General Counsel for many types of businesses, from start-ups to large corporations. He also has experience in civil litigation, real estate, and complex commercial transactions. Mr. Bakdash holds a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University.


Mark J. Wattles | Outside 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.

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