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Equipment Depot names new president

By Brock Huffstutler

September 3, 2023

Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia

Equipment Depot, Houston, a material handling and rental source company, has named Anthony Garcia as its president, effective Sept. 11, 2023. Garcia succeeds current president and CEO David O. Turner, who will depart after 12 years at the helm of the company.

Garcia joined Equipment Depot in 2022 as the regional vice president of the south region. Prior to joining Equipment Depot, Garcia spent 15 years in managerial and executive roles at Mammoet, a Dutch heavy lifting and transportation service company. Most recently, he served as regional vice president of Mammoet Americas, overseeing its $250 million U.S. and Mexico business. Garcia has a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from DePaul University.

Turner exits after integrating five new companies into the Equipment Depot fold, reaching over 50 nationwide locations and creating many new sub-business units.

“Over the past 12 years, I have been privileged to be a part of the transformational journey and to have seen the extraordinary passion, commitment and drive to be the best service organization from our people,” Turner said. “As our recent performance shows, it is clear we are delivering, and after significant investments, Equipment Depot is well positioned to generate consistent, strong returns.”

“Since joining Equipment Depot in 2022, Anthony has made a positive contribution to the south Texas and Louisiana regions with his strong business instincts, leadership skills and work ethic,” said Ken Barina, president of Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, Equipment Depot’s U.S. parent company. “Anthony has also brought a renewed sense of focus and excitement to these critically important growth regions. We look forward to his leadership as Equipment Depot charts its course into the future.”

Garcia sees technology playing a more significant role in Equipment Depot. “The industry is in a state of unprecedented technological advancement. From how automation, electrification, robotics and AI are playing a role, the potential to reshape the landscape is at our fingertips — and I envision Equipment Depot being on the forefront,” he said. “Investing in our people is critical as well. They are our greatest asset, and advancing their skills is an important part of the equation. We must also preserve the strong culture we have created while living our core values every day.”