Joseph F. Hanna was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company in February 2017 after serving 14 years in positions of progressive responsibility. Mr. Hanna served as the Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to 2017. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations, and he joined the Company in 2003 as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Hanna has been instrumental in developing and driving the strategic product and geographic expansion of the Company’s varied rental businesses throughout his tenure. He is well qualified to serve as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors as a result of his deep institutional knowledge of the Company, its products, services, strategies, and customers. Previously Mr. Hanna held various sales and operational leadership positions at SMC Corporation of America (a subsidiary of SMC Corporation, Tokyo, Japan). His prior experience also includes serving as an officer in the United States Army. Mr. Hanna received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Keith E. Pratt was appointed Executive Vice President of the Company in February 2017. He was appointed Senior Vice President in June 2007 and joined the Company in January 2006 as Vice President and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2006. Prior to joining the Company, he was with Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC), a public telecommunications equipment company in Petaluma, California, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Pratt served as Chief Financial Officer from 1999 until AFC was acquired by Tellabs, Inc. at the end of 2004. He also served as Director of Corporate Development at AFC from 1997 to 1999 prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Mr. Pratt joining AFC, he served as Director, Strategy & Business Development Group at Pacific Telesis Group, Inc. from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Pratt has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University in Production Engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
David M. Whitney joined the Company as its Corporate Controller in 2000 and was elected Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer in March 2006. Previously he was Manager of Regional Accounting for The Permanente Medical Group in Oakland, California. Mr. Whitney holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State University at Hayward and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Gilda Malek joined McGrath in 2023 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In her role, Ms. Malek oversees our legal, safety and real estate functions. Prior to joining McGrath, Ms. Malek served as Deputy General Counsel at Confluent, a SaaS company, for nearly two years. Prior to Confluent, Ms. Malek worked at AECOM, a global infrastructure firm, in various leadership roles in the company’s Legal Department between 2007 and 2020. Responsibilities included subsidiary General Counsel, division Chief Counsel and Corporate Deputy General Counsel. Ms. Malek received her J.D. from University of San Francisco, School of Law, and her B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Irvine.
Tara Wescott joined the Company in 2020 as the Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to joining McGrath, Ms. Wescott held various senior executive leadership roles in Human Resources between 2000—2020 at Macy’s Inc., including leading Human Resources for Macys.com and Macy’s Technology. Ms. Wescott graduated from California State University, East Bay with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
John P. Skenesky was appointed Vice President and Division Manager of TRS-RenTelco in November 2011. He previously served as the division’s Director of Sales and Product Management from June 2007 to November 2011 and Director of Operations and Product Management from June 2004 to June 2007. Mr. Skenesky joined the Company in 1995 and served in branch management and sales roles for the RenTelco division. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Skenesky served in lab and product management roles at Genstar Rentals from 1991 to 1994. He also served in the United States Navy from 1984 to 1990 as an electronics technician on submarines. Mr. Skenesky received an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University in 2007.
Philip B. Hawkins was appointed Senior Vice President and Division Manager, Mobile Modular in January of 2022. In addition to his existing oversight of Enviroplex, Inc. from June 2019, he also oversees Kitchens to Go by Mobile Modular as of April 2021. He previously served as Vice President and Division Manager of Mobile Modular from November 2011 through December 2021 and as Vice President and Division Manager of TRS-RenTelco from June 2007 to November 2011. Mr. Hawkins also held the role of Manager, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis from June 2004 to June 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Hawkins was a Senior Business Analyst for Technology Rentals and Services (TRS), an electronics equipment rental division of CIT Technologies Corporation, from December 2003 until TRS was acquired by the Company in June 2004. He previously served as Director of Portfolio Management and held other leadership roles with Dell Financial Services from April 1999 to December 2003. Mr. Hawkins received B.S. degrees in Accounting, Finance and Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University.
Kristina Van Trease was appointed Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development in February of 2022. She previously served as Vice President and Division Manager of Adler Tank Rentals from August 2016 through January 2022. Prior to that, Ms. Van Trease was responsible for the startup of our Mobile Modular Portable Storage business and served as Vice President and Division Manager of the business from June 2009 to August 2016. From July 2007 through June 2009, she served as our Director of Corporate Development. She joined the Company in 1992 and has served in corporate management roles as well as sales and management positions for the Company’s TRS-RenTelco division. Ms. Van Trease received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from San Jose State University.
John P. Lieffrig joined the Company and was appointed Vice President and Division Manager of Mobile Modular Portable Storage in August 2016. He previously served as Vice President Sales North America for Modular Space Corporation from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Lieffrig has held several executive leadership roles with equipment rental and business-to-business service organizations, including Aramark Corporation from 2002 to 2005 and GE Capital from 1988 to 2002. He also served on the Modular Building Institute Board of Directors for eight years and was elected President in 2013. Mr. Lieffrig received B.A. degrees in Business Administration and Marketing from Carthage College.