National Trench Safety Welcomes Pinera as New CEO

National Trench Safety (NTS), the nation’s largest pure play trench safety solutions provider, announced the appointment of Fernando Pinera as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2024. Pinera is committed to helping National Trench Safety build the best trench safety solutions company in the industry.

Pinera has a deep background in rental and brings over 20 years of rental, operational, sales and financial leadership to the company. Most recently, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer for SmartEquip, a leader in equipment lifecycle management, service, and procurement support for the global construction industry. He spent 13 years with SmartEquip, holding Senior Vice President Client Operations and Chief Operating Officer roles before assuming the CEO role in 2020 and leading a successful sale to Ritchie Bros. in 2021. Prior to those roles, Pinera spent 10 years with NationsRent Companies Inc., where he advanced from Vice President of Operations to Vice President of Fleet and Asset Management.

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“I have known Fern for many years, and I am thrilled that he is joining the NTS team. I can confidently say that he is the perfect person to help lead the company through its next phase of growth,” said Bruce Dressel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NTS and a Tailwind Capital Operating Executive. “He has a long and proven track record of building successful rental companies, and his skills and experience perfectly complement the leadership team at NTS. He is customer-obsessed and leads from the front, and we look forward to working closely together to further scaling NTS.”

“National Trench Safety has a terrific market reputation as a leading trench safety solutions company that is well-positioned for tremendous, profitable growth and value creation,” Pinera said. “I am extremely excited to join such a wonderful team and am looking forward to contributing to the company’s next phase of growth while delivering on our commitments to all of our stakeholders.”

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