Leadership Team

 

Peter V. Handal – President & CEO

Peter Handal is President and CEO. He is an accomplished executive with a history of strong and innovative leadership.

Prior to being named SmartSource President and CEO, Peter served as Chairman and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, the oldest training company in the world. Previously he was President of COWI International Group, a management-consulting firm working with companies in the United States and Eastern Europe as well as CEO of Just 4 Kids, a children’s wearing apparel and accessories company, which manufactured its products in 22 countries. Peter also worked at Exxon Corporation in the Treasurer’s and New Investments Departments.

Peter has served on several Boards of publicly-owned and privately-owned companies both in the United States and Europe. He is also a member of the U.S. Government’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Distribution Services, appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. Peter is also involved in various not-for-profit activities.

Peter has a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Mark Adam – Vice President, National Field Operations

Mark Adam is Vice President, National Field Operations with responsibility for the company’s national Operations team. He brings almost two decades of experience in the computer and audio visual industry. Known as a consummate professional, Mark focuses on addressing the needs of his customers, from the Fortune 500 to middle market, closely-held and professional firms. He lends in-depth technical and hands-on operations experience to his role within the trade show, corporate event, and production management arenas.

Prior to assuming his current position at SmartSource, Mark served as Senior Vice President of All Service Computer Rentals, prior to its acquisition by SmartSource in 2003. His past positions also include: National Account Representative, Greater New York City area at Ceridian (New York, NY), Senior Account Representative, Greater New York City area at Wang Labs (New York, NY), and Sales Manager at Page America (New York, NY).

Mark graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Sanjay Kapur – Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Finance

Prior to joining SmartSource Rentals in 2016, Kapur spent almost 20 years with Arrow Electronics, Inc., serving most recently as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of Finance for A.E. Petsche. In addition to his role as CFO for Petsche, Sanjay has held multiple executive operating roles at Arrow in areas of finance, sales management, marketing and procurement. Prior to Arrow, Sanjay spent five years with McKinsey & Company and two years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Sanjay holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muskingum University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of New York.

Sue Aulenbacher – Vice President, Human Resources

Sue Aulenbacher is Vice President, Human Resources. She has a proven track record of delivering improvement to business growth, profitability, operations efficiency, and staff performance. Sue brings to her role extensive expertise in all areas of human resources and organizational development. Among her specializations are: talent management, employee relations, benefits, mergers and acquisitions, organizational development, performance management, and aligning human resources with business strategy.

Prior to joining SmartSource, Sue served as Senior Director, Human Resources with Veeco Instruments Inc. (Plainview, NY). Her other past positions also include: Director, Human Resources at CVC Inc. (Rochester, NY), and Human Resources Manager at Harris Corporation (Rochester, NY).

Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.

Stephen Rupolo, CPA – Vice President, Product Strategy

Stephen Rupolo joined SmartSource in 1987 as the Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President in 1996. In 2004, he was promoted to Senior Vice President & CFO. He now assumes a new role in the company, Vice President of Product Strategy, which focuses on assuring we have the right products available for our clients. Rupolo directs a team focused on the needs of our customers spanning a diverse group of channels and segments, from meeting and event planners to IT professionals in a broad range of industries. Steve began his accounting career at Delloite & Touche, where he earned his CPA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University-Utica College.

Lauri A. Christiansen – Director, Marketing

Lauri Christiansen, Director of Marketing for SmartSource®, is a professional with comprehensive experience in strategic marketing and brand management in the B2B technology, security and industrial markets, crossing in all functional areas of the organization. As Director, she is the marketing leader responsible for building and executing corporate marketing strategies in support of business growth.

Prior to joining SmartSource, Lauri was the Owner & Principal of B2B Marketing Strategies, Inc. a consulting firm; Brand Leader/GM for U.S. Lock, a division of Interline Brands, Inc.  (now Home Depot); Manager of Product Information Services, Brand Marketing, at ADI Global Distribution, a division of Honeywell Security; Program Manager, Value Added Services, Sales Division at MSC Industrial Supply, Inc.; and Marketing Manager at Roux Associates Environmental Consulting, Inc.  She has served on several boards and continues to be an active member of various professional organizations, including PMI and DMI.

Lauri holds an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University and a B.S. in Marketing and English from Penn State University. She is also a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional).