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    Posted: Jan/15/2010 at 9:49am

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals Opens New Orleans Branch

SmartSource opens New Orleans office, raising total number of U.S. branches to 23 locations. Natural fit for company's national client base in a leading conference & trade show destination.

(PRWEB) January 15, 2010 --SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals (Hauppauge, NY), one of the nation’s leading providers of computer, audio visual (AV) and trade show technology rentals and services, announced the opening of a new branch in New Orleans. The new branch brings the total number of U.S. branches for SmartSource, a portfolio company of Kirtland Capital Partners (Cleveland, OH), to 23 locations.

SmartSource President & CEO Michael McClernon noted that “The opening of a branch in New Orleans, one of the nation’s premier sites for trade shows and conventions, was a direct response to the needs of our national client base. Being able to service this leading conference destination was a natural extension of our presence in other major convention cities nationwide and further advances our strategy to become an ever more capable supplier to the trade show industry. SmartSource is pleased to have the manager and customers of Dixie Business Equipment join our company and help us expand into this region.”

SmartSource has a longstanding track record serving the trade show and convention market. Just last year, the company received the trade show and meeting industry’s “2009 Top Industry Supplier Award;” an award presented by

Echoing McClernon’s thoughts was SmartSource Vice President Chad Frank who stated, “In addition to a vibrant tourism and convention business, New Orleans is home to many financial firms, an already strong segment of our client base. It is our hope that our new location will also help us become a greater resource for area oil and gas companies.”

Frank added, “We brought on a strong, 20-year technology rental veteran, Trey Casteix, to serve as Branch Sales Manager for our New Orleans office. Trey has a solid business and technical background having led his own technology rental firm, Dixie Business Equipment, and he and Dixie Business have an outstanding reputation in the region.”

For Casteix, whose career also includes serving with Rentsys, a company which SmartSource acquired this past October 2009, joining SmartSource provides a new level of opportunity.

“I am very excited to be joining SmartSource, a national organization with an extensive portfolio of products and services,” said Casteix. “It gives me the opportunity to offer the highest level of quality service and customer satisfaction to organizations based in the region and those conducting various events or activities in New Orleans.”

About SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals

Founded in 1984 and formerly known as Rent-a-PC, Inc., SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals serves broad-based corporate IT, association, professional AV and trade show technology rental needs. The company is widely recognized for its outstanding customer service, technical expertise, geographic reach, breadth of product, and end-to-end solution. Its extensive line features brand name products from Apple, Dell, HP/Compaq, IBM, NEC, Eiki, Meyer, Stumpfl, and others. Among its products are computers, servers, copiers, professional AV equipment, LCD and plasma monitors, kiosks, digital signage and video walls. SmartSource employs over 250 including over 100 field technicians. Its 21 strategic locations are in: Anaheim, CA; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Eugene, OR; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Long Island, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Queens, NY; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. For more information, visit:

About Kirtland Capital Partners

Kirtland Capital Partners is a relationship-oriented private equity firm focused on accelerating the growth of middle-market companies by leveraging its internal operating, financial and strategic resources. For more than 30 years, Kirtland has executed a disciplined investment strategy that has created long-term value in its portfolio companies and delivered superior returns to its investors and management teams. Kirtland invests in niche manufacturing, distribution and business service companies with potential for growth organically and/or through strategic acquisition. The firm has $293 million of capital under management from institutional and individual investors. Kirtland is known for the strong partnerships it builds with its operating management teams and the experience of its professionals. For more information, visit:


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I look forward to working with the New Orleans location!
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Great to see an expansion of SmartSource rather than downsizing and eliminating. Signs of positive things yet to come. Congratulations on your success!
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