Ronald F. Valenta
Executive Chairman of the Board
Ronald F. Valenta has served as a director since our inception and as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception through December 2017. Mr. Valenta has been the Chairman of the Board since June 2014, became our Executive Chairman in January 2018 and served as a director of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited from May 2011 until October 2017. Mr. Valenta has served as the Chairman of General Finance Group, Inc. since 2008. From 1988 to 2003 Mr. Valenta served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Services Group, Inc., a portable storage company he founded. From 2003 to 2006 Mr. Valenta was a founding director of the National Portable Storage Association, a storage industry non-profit organization. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Valenta was a Senior Vice President of Public Storage, Inc. From 1980 to 1985, Mr. Valenta was employed by the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Los Angeles
James B. Roszak
Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
James B. Roszak was elected Lead Independent Director on June 5, 2014 and has been a director since November 2005. Mr. Roszak was employed by the Life Insurance Division of Transamerica Corporation, a financial services organization engaged in life insurance, commercial lending, equipment leasing and real estate services, from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. From 1978 to 1988 Mr. Roszak was based in Toronto, Canada and during that time served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Transamerica’s life insurance operations in Canada. In 1988 Mr. Roszak returned to the U. S. Life insurance operations as the Chief Marketing Officer and was subsequently named President the capacity in which he served until his retirement. Mr. Roszak also served on the board of directors of buy.com, an Internet retailer and NASDAQ listed company and also served as its interim CEO from February 2001 to August 2001 when it was taken private. He was also a director of National RV Holdings from June 2003 until July 2008. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Chapman University where he is the Chairman of the Finance Committee and he is also a member of the Board of Regents of Brandman University where he is the board secretary.
Susan L. Harris
Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Susan L. Harris has been a director since December 2008. Ms. Harris served as a director of Mobile Services Group, Inc. and Mobile Storage Group, Inc., portable storage companies from May 2004 to August 2006 and from May 2002 to August 2006, respectively. Ms. Harris retired from SunAmerica Inc., a NYSE listed financial services company, where she served in a variety of positions between 1985 and 2000, including her most recent position as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining SunAmerica, Ms. Harris worked for the law firm of Lillick, McHose and Charles, specializing in corporate and securities law.
Larry D. Tashjian
Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Larry D. Tashjian has been a director since February 2014. He is the founder, President and CEO of CAM Capital Advisors, an opportunistic, valued-based manager in all asset classes. Prior to starting CAM Capital Advisors, he was Chief Executive Officer of Provident Investment Counsel (“PIC”), a Pasadena-based investment company that specializes in growth stocks. During his time with PIC (1981 – 2005), Mr. Tashjian was an integral part of the company’s growth. In 1995, he was intimately involved in the sale of PIC to United Asset Management, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. He would go on to serve on its board of directors. Near the end of 2000, United Asset Management was acquired by Old Mutual PLC. Prior to joining PIC, Mr. Tashjian worked for the Bank of America, both in retail banking and corporate finance, and his professional career in investment management spans over 30 years. Mr. Tashjian’s other professional activities have included directorships at Bavarian Specialty Food Products, Southland Title Corporation, Lineage Capital Partners, S & S Portable Services and PGP Capital Advisors. He also currently serves as Chairman of Investment Managers Series Trust II, a multiple series trust investment company. In 2001, Mr. Tashjian helped found Professional Business Bank in Pasadena, California, which was initially sold to Belvedere Capital Management in 2005, and maintained his involvement with Professional Business Bank through continued board participation until the bank was ultimately sold again in late 2010. During this period of time, he served on the audit committee and chaired both the compensation and loan committees.
William H. Baribault
William H. Baribault has been a director since December 2015. He has served as the chief operating officer and president of the Richard Nixon Foundation since 2014 and has also served as an independent trustee of the American Funds since 2009 and as a principal of Oakwood Enterprises, a private investment and consulting firm, since 1998. Mr. Baribault brings a broad range of experience to us, including experience in manufacturing, retail sales, expansion of product portfolios and acquisition strategies.
Manuel Marrero has been a director since November 2005. Since March 2009 Mr. Marrero has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the specialty finance companies of General Finance Group, Inc., a company controlled by Ronald Valenta. From January 2004 to March 2009, Mr. Marrero worked as a financial and operations management consultant with several companies, principally focused in consumer products brand management. From May 2002 until January 2004, Mr. Marrero served as the Chief Financial Officer of Mossimo, Inc., a designer and licensor of apparel and related products. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Marrero was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Interplay Entertainment Corp., a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software, and the Chief Financial Officer of Precision Specialty Metals, Inc. from 1996 to 1999, a light gauge conversion mill for flat rolled stainless steel and high performance alloy. He has served on the boards of Interplay OEM, Inc., Shiney Entertainment, Inc., Seed Internet Ventures, Inc., L.A. Top Producers, LLC, Friends of Rancho San Pedro and Tree People. Mr. Marrero’s business experiences and entrepreneurial accomplishments have assisted the Board in shaping the Company’s strategy and growth.
Douglas B. Trussler
Douglas B. Trussler has been a director since December 2017. Mr. Trussler has served as a founding partner and investment committee member of Bison Capital Partners since 2001. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Trussler served as a principal of Windward Capital Partners. Mr. Trussler graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration in 1993. Mr. Trussler’s experience includes capital markets fund raising, deal sourcing, mergers and acquisition due diligence and structuring and exit strategy execution.
Jody E. Miller
Director, Chief Executive Officer and President
Jody E. Miller has been a director since December 2017 and became our Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. He has served as our President since January 2017 and was our Executive Vice President from June 2015 to January 2017. Since July 2017, Mr. Miller has also served as the President of Southern Frac LLC, the Chief Executive Officer of GFN Manufacturing Corporation and GFN North America Corp. and the Chief Executive Officer of Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. Mr. Miller has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of GFN North America Leasing Corporation since June 2016. Mr. Miller has served as director of GFN Manufacturing Corporation, Lone Star Tank Rental Inc., GFN North America Leasing Corporation, GFN U.S. Australasia Holdings, Inc. and Royal Wolf Holdings Limited since June 2014, September 2014, June 2016, June 2016 and July 2016, respectively. Mr. Miller served as a consultant to GFN Manufacturing Corporation from May 2013 to June 2015. Mr. Miller has over 25 years of experience in the equipment rental industry, including five years at Mobile Mini, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, five years at Mobile Storage Group, Inc. as Senior Vice President and fifteen years at RSC Holdings, Inc. where he held many positions including Regional Vice President for seven years. Mr. Miller is a 1990 graduate of Central Missouri State University.