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Sunstate Equipment announces the appointment of Bob Krause as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

A long-time industry veteran, Krause will now lead General Rental and Trench Division Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Business Excellence for the 45-year-old company. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Sunstate Equipment currently has 93 locations throughout fifteen states, with accelerated growth on the horizon.

“As Sunstate continues our ongoing evolution from a small mom-and-pop rental company in the desert, opened back in 1977, to a leading national equipment rental supplier, internationally recognized for our world-class customer service,” said Chris Watts, Sunstate Equipment President and CEO, “we are pleased to have Bob step into this role. In the two years he’s been with us, his depth and breadth of rental experience have been a tremendous asset and will greatly complement the next phase of our growth.”

Krause joined Sunstate Equipment in 2020 as Vice President of Business Excellence, where he invested his time learning as much as he could about Sunstate’s rich history, core values and culture, all of which were fundamental in Krause’s decision to accept the position.

“It was immediately clear to me that Sunstate was a company where our shared values aligned,” Krause recalled of his first meeting with Watts. “I already knew about the strong reputation that Sunstate had in the marketplace, but I was not aware of how strong and good the culture was until I met Chris.”

Sunstate’s position in the industry has been long-established as one that puts people first, nurturing a culture that empowers employees to provide best-in-class rental solutions to their business partners. Upholding their unique total team approach is paramount to Sunstate’s long-term growth plans as they continue expanding into new markets and specialized industry sectors.

“Bob’s personal and professional values align perfectly with our people-first culture,” said Watts. “This ensures that as we continue to grow and evolve, we will always remain true to the most basic of principles that have brought us the success we have enjoyed for the past 45 years.”

Krause brings thirty-seven years of rental experience to the role, including top positions with Blueline Equipment Rental (Corporate Vice President of Business Excellence), United Rentals (Regional Vice President – western United States, Alaska, western Canada), and HERC, where he first cut his teeth in the industry as an Inside Sales Rep to learn the business from the ground up after earning a degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University.

“I am extremely honored and humbled at the opportunity to become the Chief Operating Officer of Sunstate Equipment,” Krause said. “I look forward to working with the entire Sunstate team as we continue to grow our business, maintain our extraordinary culture, and promote our brand by providing exceptional customer service across the markets that we serve.”


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