Erik OlssonChief Executive Officer and/or DirectorErik Olsson has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board since his appointment in March 2013. Mr. Olsson also served as the Company’s President from March 2013 to October 2018. Prior to joining Mobile Mini, Mr. Olsson was President, CEO and a director of RSC Holdings, Inc. (“RSC”), a North American equipment rental provider, and certain of its subsidiaries from 2006 until that company was acquired in April 2012. Mr. Olsson joined RSC in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and became Chief Operating Officer in 2005. Earlier, Mr. Olsson held a number of senior financial management positions in various global businesses of RSC's former parent company, Atlas Copco Group, in Sweden, Brazil and the United States, including his last assignment as Chief Financial Officer for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation in Milwaukee, WI from 1998 to 2000. He is a Director on the board of Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers Incorporated, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, and Dometic Group AB, a global manufacturer of products for mobile living. Mr. Olsson also serves on the board of directors of St. Mary’s Foodbank Alliance, one of the world’s largest food banks with a mission to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy and education. Mr. Olsson holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Mr. Olsson’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience in finance, accounting and internal control, general management, business development and strategic planning, and industry and customer knowledge as demonstrated by his financial and operating expertise, his more than 30 years of experience in the equipment manufacturing, sales and rental industry, including experience serving in various senior financial management positions, as well as his ability to provide the Company with a global business perspective.
Frederick G. McNameeDirector
Frederick G. McNamee, III has served as a Director since June 2008. He served as our Interim Co-CEO fromDecember 23, 2012 until March 18, 2013. Mr. McNamee was on the board of directors of Red Dot Corporation from 2016 to 2018. He also served as CEO for a portion of that time. He has been a Principal of Quadrus Consulting, a consulting practice primarily focused in the manufacturing operations and strategic planning domains, since 2000. From 1994 to 1998, he served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Continental Circuits Corporation, which manufactured complex, multi-layer circuit boards used in electronic equipment intended for the computer, communications, instrumentation and industrial controls industries. Following the acquisition of Continental Circuits by Hadco Corporation in 1998, he served as Hadco’s Interim Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President in charge of operations in Malaysia and Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. McNamee received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Mr. McNamee’s past and ongoing business experiences and education have provided our Board with insight into managing a public company, financial oversight and conducting manufacturing operations.
Jeffrey S. GobleDirector
Jeffrey S. Goble has served as a Director since February 2006. Mr. Goble is CEO and Founder of Providien, LLC, which supplies contract manufacturing services to the medical device and biotech industries. He is also CEO of Access Scientific, LLC, a manufacturer of specialty vascular access devices. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Goble was President of Medegen, Inc., which developed and manufactured specialty infusion therapy medical devices and provided contract-manufacturing services for medical device and pharmaceutical original equipment manufacturers. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Goble was Medegen’s Corporate Vice President of Strategic Business Development. Medegen was founded when Mr. Goble, along with other Medegen executives, executed a management-led buy-out of certain operations of The Tech Group Inc. (“The Tech Group”) in 2001. Before co-founding Medegen as an independent company, Mr. Goble was Vice President-General Manager of The Tech Group’s North American contract manufacturing division. Mr. Goble joined The Tech Group in 1996 as Vice President-General Manager and established its Customer/Engineering Center. Prior to 1996, Mr. Goble held various marketing and operational management positions in the general merchandise distribution industry. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. Mr. Goble adds business, financial and organizational skills, manufacturing experience and entrepreneurial perspective to our Board.
James J. MartellDirector
James J. Martell has served as a Director since January 2010. In addition, Mr. Martell serves as Chairman of the Board for the following logistic providers; MyUS.com, Protrans International and as Executive Chairman of both Ameriflight and UShip.com. Mr. Martell is both an owner and a member of the board of directors for Transforce Staffing, Quality Distribution, Livingston International, Baxter Inventory Systems and Transplace. Mr. Martell retired after ten years serving as CEO, Chairman and in the end Director for XPO, Inc., a public company engaged in both ground and air freight logistics. Mr. Martell’s background includes previously working for UPS, Fedex, OHL Logistics, UTIW, PS Logistics, BAX Global, as well as Smartmail, where he was both CEO and investor. Mr. Martell successfully sold Smartmail to DHL in 2004. Mr. Martell graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Engineering and attended the Harvard Business School, Executive Education on Board Governance in 2018. Mr. Martell brings a strong independent voice as well as 40 years of relevant logistics and transportation industry knowledge to our board.
Kimberly J. McWatersDirector
Kimberly J. McWaters has served as a Director since August 2014. She is currently the President and CEO for Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (“UTI”), a publicly traded company and leading provider of postsecondary education for students seeking careers in areas such as automotive repair. She has served as a director on UTI’s board of directors since 2005. Ms. McWaters has spent her entire career at UTI, and has served as CEO since 2003. Ms. McWaters also serves as a director of the Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (“PAG”) and has served on the boards of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation for more than a decade. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. McWaters’ qualifications to sit on our Board include her experience in general management, business development/strategic planning and sales and marketing, as well as her experience as a director of a public company.
Lawrence Trachtenberg has served as a Director since 1995. He served as our Interim Co-CEO from December 23, 2012 until March 18, 2013. He previously served as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Secretary and Treasurer. He retired from the General Counsel and Secretary positions in June 2008 and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer positions in November 2008. He retired from being an Executive Vice President on December 31, 2008 and continued to serve the Company thereafter as a non-officer employee until February 28, 2012. Mr. Trachtenberg received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and his B.A. degree in Accounting/Economics from Queens College of the City University of New York. In addition to his experience in financial, legal and accounting matters, Mr. Trachtenberg brings to our Board meaningful institutional knowledge of our Company acquired throughout his long tenure of service.Financial Expert
Michael L. WattsChairman of the Board
Michael L. Watts has served as a Director since 2002 and as Chairman of the Board since December 2012. Mr. Watts is currently the President of Watts Investments LLC, a private investment and real estate development firm. Mr. Watts founded Sunstate Equipment Co. in 1977, where he served as Executive Chairman until February 2017. Sunstate Equipment Co. is one of the largest independently owned construction equipment rental companies operating in the United States. Mr. Watts co-founded specialty equipment rental companies Underground Safety Equipment, LLC in 2011 and Water Movers Equipment Company, in 2002, which was sold in 2013 to ETS and which Mobile Mini subsequently acquired in the ETS Acquisition. Mr. Watts also founded specialty equipment rental company, Trench Safety Equipment Company, and served as its Chairman from 1987 until the company was sold in 1998. Mr. Watts adds an independent voice and deep equipment rental industry knowledge to our Board.Chairman of the Board
Sara R. DialDirector
Sara R. Dial has served as a Director since August 2014. Ms. Dial is President and CEO of Sara Dial & Associates, a global economic development and government relations consulting firm and has previously served as a director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. Ms. Dial also currently serves as lead director of Grand Canyon Education, Inc. and a member of the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass Bank in Phoenix, Arizona. She is active in many local and national philanthropic boards including experience as Chairman of Valley Youth Theater and Chairman of Social Venture Partners Arizona, a charitable foundation using a venture capital approach to giving. Prior to her work in the public sector, Ms. Dial worked in the investment banking industry. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. degree in international relations. Ms. Dial’s breadth of dealings with both businesses and governmental agencies brings a unique perspective to our Board.
Stephen A McConnellDirector
Stephen A McConnell has served as a Director since August 1998. Since 1996, he has been President of Solano Ventures, a private capital investment company holding investments in a broad range of businesses, primarily in Arizona. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. McConnell served as majority stockholder and Chairman of the Board of G-L Industries, L.L.C., a Salt Lake City-based manufacturer of wood glu-lam beams used in the construction industry. From 1991 to 1997, he was Chairman of the board of directors of Mallco Lumber & Building Materials, Inc., a wholesale distributor of lumber and doors. From 1991 to 1995, he was President of Belt Perry Associates, Inc., a property tax consulting firm. He is also a director of a number of private companies. Mr. McConnell has a B.A. degree in Economics from Harvard College and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Our Board benefits from Mr. McConnell’s extensive experience serving as a director, knowledge of finance and accounting, and insight into manufacturing, construction and distribution businesses.Financial Expert
Michael W. UpchurchDirector
Michael W. Upchurch has served as a Director since February 2019. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Kansas City Southern (“KCS”). KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama linking the commercial and industrial centers of North America. Mr. Upchurch has been Chief Financial Officer at KCS since October 2008, having joined KCS in March 2008. Prior to KCS, Mr. Upchurch held various positions at Sprint, most recently as senior vice president – financial operations. He began his career as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Upchurch is a certified public accountant and has a B.S. degree in Business Administration (with a major in Accounting) from Kansas State University. Mr. Upchurch brings financial, leadership and operational expertise to our Board.Financial Expert
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