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2023 Tent Conference takes
next generation to the next level
TENT
CONFERENCE
O
n January 11-13, 120 members of
the event and tent rental industry
gathered in Savannah, Ga., to network,
learn from industry experts and, of
course, engage in a few friendly competitions
for this year's bragging rights.
" This is always such a great way to
Outgoing TRD chair Michael Tharpe
was recognized for his many years
of service to the TRD and presented
with a gift to commemorate his
retirement from the industry.
start the New Year, " says Steve Belliveau,
sales manager at Anchor Industries
Inc. and new chair of Advanced Textiles
Association's Tent Rental Division (TRD).
" Tent Conference continues to provide
an excellent opportunity to spend quality
time with industry friends and at the
same time initiate new friendships. "
The conference kicked off on a
sunny Wednesday morning with a golf
tournament at The Club at Savannah
Harbor, followed by a trolley tour of the
beautiful sights around historic Savannah.
Attendees gathered that evening at
Moon River Brewing Co. for the opening
reception, followed by a ghost tour
through several local bars and breweries.
Thursday saw the start of the education
sessions, which opened with a presentation
by Melissa Furman, Ph.D., on
" Navigating the Future Landscape of
Labor & Talent. " This session was so impactful
that attendees talked about it
throughout the rest of the conference.
" The education sessions at Tent
Conference always provide lots of useful
takeaways, but learning about the
generational differences was a real eyeopener, "
says Julie Couture of Fiesta Tents
Ltd. " Understanding and working to
bridge the gaps between the generations
is so essential to employee retention and
morale, and Melissa's insights into how
to do that were incredibly helpful. "
Up next was an in-depth look at the
new Non-Engineered Ballasting Tool
by Vincent Y. Blouin, Ph.D., associate
professor at the School of Architecture,
Department of Materials Science and
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Engineering at Clemson University. This
tool was developed jointly by the TRD
and American Rental Association (ARA).
Blouin walked attendees through the
science behind the calculations that this
new tool can perform for TRD and ARA
members, allowing them to determine
exactly how much ballast is needed. (For
more details or to use TRD ballasting
tools, visit tent.textiles.org/resources/
trd-ballasting-tools.)
After a quick break, the TRD business
meeting began. Alex Renaud of Fiesta
Tents was presented with a plaque
in recognition for his outstanding
volunteer service to the division. Then
all the outgoing TRD Steering Committee
members were recognized and thanked
for their service, and the incoming
committee members were welcomed.
Outgoing:
* Alex Renaud,
Fiesta Tents
* Sarah Crews,
Economy Tent International
* Tommy Wilson,
All Occasions Event Rental
Incoming:
* Kevin Vasquez,
Made in the Shade Tent Rentals
* Kyle Richardson,
L&A Tent Rentals
* Brian Stumph,
Fred's Tents & Canopies Inc.
* Julie Couture,
Fiesta Tents
Committee Leadership Transition:
* Michael Tharpe, Rainier Industries,
moving to immediate past chair
* Steve Belliveau, Anchor Industries Inc.,
moving from vice chair to chair
* Nick Deninno, B&R Innovations,
current director moving to vice chair
http://tent.textiles.org/resources/

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