The Sunstate Equipment Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable foundation, was recently formed as a way for Sunstate Equipment and its employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work.
Much of the charitable giving done by Sunstate has historically been Phoenix based. As we have grown, we believe a multi-market view is more appropriate, and that Sunstate employees should play a larger role in directing our charitable giving across the communities in which they live and work. We also recognized that many of our Sunstate team members would like to have greater opportunities to make a personal difference in their communities. Thus, the Sunstate Equipment Foundation was born.
The Foundation will receive half of its funding through voluntary employee contributions; with Sunstate matching those employee contributions, dollar for dollar. Sunstate employees that choose to volunteer their service on regional advisory boards will review preliminary grant applications, giving the employees of Sunstate a voice in how charitable dollars are spent. Employees can also “sponsor” grant requests from their local communities, and funds donated or raised by Sunstate employees in their respective regions will stay in their region. This is designed to give Sunstate employees a greater impact on local charities with which they may be involved.
Charitable organizations that wish to apply for a grant will need to create a basic online profile, then fill out a grant application form and upload some necessary documentation.
Once an application has been submitted, it will be verified for completeness, then reviewed by a regional advisory group comprised of Sunstate employees. These regional advisory groups meet regularly to discuss grant applications, then forward their comments and recommendations to the Board of Directors, who meet quarterly to review all information, then vote on each grant application.
Approved grant recipients will be required to submit follow up documentation regarding their use of received funds.
Grant application cutoff dates are: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15.
When reviewing grant applications, preference will be given to charitable organizations that operate in or near a region or metropolitan area in which Sunstate Equipment has a presence. As of April 2016, there are 60 locations spread throughout the following states:
The Sunstate Equipment Foundation was formed for the purpose of making a meaningful impact in our communities, focusing on:
Chris was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, his MBA from Willamette University in Salem, OR.
He started his career at Dames & Moore as an environmental planner, conducting environmental impact studies and Phase 1 and 2 property assessments. In 1996, he joined the family business as an environmental manager, and today he is the President and CEO of Sunstate Equipment Co., the company started by his father in 1977. The 9th largest construction rental company in the United States, Sunstate is now majority owned by the Sumitomo Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan.
Chris’ community service began with his involvement in the Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, where he served as a Big Brother for 2 years. In 2007, he received an invitation to join the Scottsdale Charros, an all-volunteer, nonprofit group of business and civic leaders that help build the community by supporting youth sports, education and charitable causes. During his time with the Charros, he has been elected to several leadership positions, including President of the Charros, and his current position, President of the Charros Foundation.
In 2015, Chris accepted a position on the Board of the STARS Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Also in 2015, he oversaw the formation of the Sunstate Equipment Foundation, a nonprofit charitable foundation of which he is the President of the Board of Directors.
When not volunteering his time, or working in the family business, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his 4 kids.
Secretary / Treasurer
A graduate of Wichita State University, Larry served a tour of duty in the US Navy in 1968 before joining Copper State Equipment, a full line equipment sales and rental company based in Phoenix, AZ. Larry held several management positions with the company before ultimately becoming President and Co-Owner of Copper State Equipment in 1981.
Ten years later, the company was sold and Larry relocated to Las Vegas, NV and took a position with Briggs Equipment and Rentals as General Manager. A few years later, the Saguaro cactus was calling, he returned to Phoenix, AZ and joined Sunstate Equipment Co., where he remains today as the Vice President of Culture.
In addition to his involvement with the Sunstate Equipment Foundation, Larry also supports and works with the American Cancer Society, Military Family Relief Foundation, YMCA, and the Arizona Humane Society. He was a board member for the American Rental Association, Arizona Chapter, for three years, and was recently named the ARA Man of the Year for Region 7.
In Larry’s free time, he enjoys spoiling his grandchildren, cooking and gardening.
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Garth earned his B.S. in Accounting from Northern Arizona University before earning his CPA designation. After seven years with Deloitte & Touche, where he served as an Audit Manager, he joined Sunstate Equipment Co. in 1990 first as the Controller, then Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since 1996.
As a member of Sunstate’s Executive Management Team, Garth provides leadership and strategic planning support and manages the capital structure requirements for the company. Additionally, he provides oversight for many of the company’s administrative functions, including accounting, credit, human resources, risk and environmental, and legal matters.
Aside from his Sunstate responsibilities, Garth has participated in many community and non-profit organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels, an organization focused on bettering the life of children afflicted with cancer, and is also a member of the American Heart Associations’ Executive Leadership Team.