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The day's education sessions wrapped
up with a presentation by Josh Kohn, CEO
of SOHO Event Rentals, and Darren Randle,
owner and president of Houston Tents &
Events. The two shared their insights and
answered audience questions about what
apps and technologies they had found to
be effective for their companies, either
to save money and time or to increase
workplace safety and reduce liability.
Then it was time for the annual teambuilding
activity. In this year's event, the
attendees were divided into several teams
and sent off on a scavenger hunt around the
Savannah historic district. The competition
was fierce, the trash talking was tremendous
and a great time was had by all. Awards for
the best (and worst) teams were presented
that evening at the reception and dinner,
along with a special gift presentation to
outgoing TRD chair Michael Tharpe, in
recognition of his many years of service to
the TRD and to commemorate his retirement
from the industry.
Afterward, attendees were split into two
groups-the " NextGens " and the " OGs, "
for the division's first NextGen event (see
pg. 8 for more details). Each group began
at a different nearby bar, where they could
mingle and network within their respective
peer groups for an hour. Then the OGs
were reunited with the NextGens, giving
the two groups the opportunity to build
relationships and share their experiences
and advice as they enjoyed a final night of
revelry and fun in beautiful Savannah.
" I think this first NextGen social event
was a great success, " says Belliveau.
" TRD recognizes the importance of the
next generation to the future of the tent
industry, and events like these really help
facilitate the passing of the torch from the
old guard to the new. "
The final morning began with a panel
discussion on " Critical Industry Topics "
moderated by Brian Stumph of Fred's
Tents. Panelists for this session were
David Darby, special event and tent
specialist for Rent-E-Quip Inc.; Warren
Darby, founder and owner of Rent-EQuip;
Alex Kouzmanoff, CERP, president
and CEO of Aztec Tents; and Tarryn
Prosper, vice president of sales-tent
division for Peak Event Services. Panelists
responded to a range of questions from
the moderator and the audience on
everything from labor challenges to social
media usage by employees.
The last education session at the 2023
Tent Conference was " Prepare Your
Business: Company Transitions & Exit
Strategies " with a panel of speakers. Kevin
Zwierzchowski, owner/consultant for Z
Rental Consulting, began with an overview
of what a typical company transition process
looks like, from the time the owner decides
to sell all the way through the review of
the financials and company assets, to the
final closing of the sale. He offered several
helpful tips to business owners on common
pitfalls to avoid as well as insight into what
banks and investors are looking for when
considering a purchase. His presentation
was followed by personal accounts from Alex
Renaud, international sales manager and
part owner of Fiesta Tents; George Smith,
vice president of operations for Sunbelt
Rentals Inc.; and Mike Holland, president
and owner of Chattanooga Tent and Event
Solutions. All three of these speakers had
either bought or sold a tent rental company
in the last few years, and each shared their
experiences as well as candid advice on what
they would do differently, given the chance.
" Tent Conference 2023 was a huge
success, " says Michael Tharpe, immediate
past chair of TRD. " From the opening
session to the networking, a good mix
of OGs and Next Gens were all working
together and having fun! Those that
attended left with something that they
could incorporate into their daily business
activities as well as ideas on how to grow
this industry in the future. "
Be sure to stay tuned in the coming
months for details on the 2024 Tent Expo,
scheduled for January 16-18 in Daytona
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