Leadership

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Howard L. Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Howard Brown is CEO of Rentacrate and is responsible for the overall direction and health of the company. In this role he provides guidance and strategic direction for top financial bank and investor relationships and handles major accounts across the healthcare, financial and legal industries. With over 34 years experience in the commercial office products industry, his background includes sales, distribution, financial, forecasting and planning, mergers and acquisitions and quality assurance. 

In the 1980’s, Mr. Brown successfully pursued a roll-up strategy to form Summit Office Supply, a commercial office products business in the New York metropolitan area with roughly $50 million in sales prior to its sale to BT in 1987.  Mr. Brown subsequently served as President for the Northeast Region at BT until 1996 and grew the division’s revenues to approximately $375 million.

In January 1998, he formed a new company which purchased Allied Office Products, along with 9 other companies which created a $120,000,000 foundation. These 10 companies squarely put Mr. Brown in the “one solution” office products business by offering complete services in office products, printing, promotional products, coffee and beverage, furniture and print management.

In May of 2006, Allied’s run rate was $360,000,000 with a strong bottom line and an enviable customer base, which attracted Office Depot to purchase Allied.

Mr. Brown is an advisor to several companies, sits on several Boards and is very involved in philanthropy.

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Michael Brown

President & Chief Operating Officer

Michael Brown is President and COO of Rentacrate. In this role, he oversees all Rentacrate operations and sales, including its ShredX and E-Scrap services. He is also responsible for the strategic direction of marketing, product line assessment and human resources. In addition, Michael works closely with Rentacrate’s senior staff to develop and implement strategic initiatives to further enhance and build upon the Rentacrate, ShredX and E-Scrap brands. 

Prior to joining Rentacrate, Michael spent eight years at family-owned and operated Allied Office Products where he was involved in integrating and building a state-of-the-art infrastructure to support its rapid growth. At Allied, Michael's career spanned various roles from contracts and bids to marketing and analytics. Michael was named President and COO of Allied and held the position until its sale in May of 2006.

Before joining Allied, Michael worked at BT where he held multiple senior level executive positions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Studies from Syracuse University.

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Michael J. Palmer

Executive Vice President

Michael Palmer is the Executive Vice President of Operations, Logistics and Information Technology at Rentacrate. In this role Michael oversees operational responsibility, customer service and information technology. 

Prior to joining Rentacrate, Michael was CIO and Executive Vice President for the Allied Office Products. Michael joined Allied in 1998 and started as head of technology, and subsequently took on the responsibility to oversee the logistics functions in 2001 and the purchasing and customer service areas of the company in 2003.  

He was a founding member of the CIO Executive Council and is an IT Fellow at Temple University FOX School of Management’s MIS Department. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for Xpert Universe, a NYC based software development firm and on the board of Unit Dose Solutions, Inc., a North Carolina producer of prescription packaged drugs for healthcare providers.

Michael has an MBA in Taxation and Management from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Villanova University. He is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of Council of Logistics Management and frequently speaks on such topics as sourcing vs. outsourcing, SOX and IT/Business alignment. Michael was the recipient of CIO magazine’s “2003 CIO 100 Award."

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Joseph A. Aiello

Executive Vice President of Sales

Joe Aiello is the Executive Vice President of Sales at Rentacrate. In this role, he oversees a national sales team of 35 members operating in 16 U.S. markets and develops new strategies to drive new business sales for Rentacrate and its ShredX on-site shredding service. 

Before joining Rentacrate, Joe was an Executive Vice President at Allied Office Products. While at Allied, he successfully managed a team of over 200 sales professionals in 20 markets across the U. S. During the nine years at Allied, the company enjoyed an average of 20 percent annual growth, enabling it to become one of the largest independent office products company in the U.S. with revenues in excess of $350M.

Prior to Allied, Joe was the Regional VP of Finance and Operations at BT Office Products, a multi-billion dollar global distribution company.

Joe received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Duquesne University and served as a member of the Duquesne Accounting Advisory Board. Joe is a Co-Chair of Western Pennsylvania Hospital’s TLC Charitable Foundation in Pittsburgh. Joe resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his family where he coaches a local basketball team.

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