Bryan T. Rich
Chairman & CEO / SmartEquip Inc., a Ritchie Bros. Company
Bryan Rich is the current Executive Chairman of SmartEquip Inc., a software company located in Norwalk, Connecticut and a division of Ritchie Bros.
Mr. Rich is a General Partner in Legacy Capital Ventures, a boutique family office investment firm, located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Rich was the former Executive Vice Chairman of Sunbelt Rentals Inc., after Sunbelt's September 2006 acquisition of NationsRent Companies Inc. He served as Co-Chairman and Executive Director of NationsRent, leading the rebirth of the company’s operations from June 2003 until the September 2006 sale, and previously co-led the buyout of the bankrupt company in 2003, which was funded by a Boston-based investment group.
Mr. Rich was the majority stockholder and CEO of Logan Equipment Corp., a full-service construction and industrial equipment rental dealership with 12 locations concentrated in the New England area from 1980 to 1998, prior to selling the company to NationsRent in December 1998.
In 2001 Mr. Rich co-founded Commonwealth National Bank, a commercial bank, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, until it merged with United Bank of Springfield, Massachusetts, in December 2009. He was a member of the board of directors and served on their executive committee for approximately 10 years and co-led the merger negotiations.
Mr. Rich develops and owns commercial real estate primarily in the Northeast and is a managing partner in SSG Development, building urban, multi-story, climate-controlled Class A self-storage facilities throughout the eastern United States. Over the last 30 years he has owned and operated numerous commercial businesses, in a variety of industries, including the medical and electronic security sectors.
Mr. Rich has served on various industry boards and is a 1978 graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in operations management.