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How did you get involved
with this industry?
Carol Lee Cundey: " My first job out
of college was as an event coordinator
with a small nonprofit, and I quickly
realized how unique and special
the industry was and moved into
larger scale event production,
working hand-in-hand with tent
and event rental companies. "
Jane Case Frost: " While working
for a catering company in New
York, I was doing events under
tents, and I really liked it. The
challenges are endless, and every
event is completely different. "
Jane Case Frost
Stamford Tent
& Event Services
36 years in the industry
Stamford, Conn.
Steve Frost
Stamford Tent
& Event Services
56 years in the industry
Stamford, Conn.
Brian Kordek: " Van Tents Inc. in
Philadelphia, Pa., installed a 100-by200-foot
canvas, orange and white,
pole tent in front of the Student Center
at the Philadelphia College of Textiles
and Sciences (now Philadelphia
University) the last day of exams
before summer break. When I came
out after my last exam, I couldn't
believe what I saw. I was amazed that
this group of about 10 guys put this
tent there in five and a half hours.
After watching one of the guys who
was tying a rope to the side poles, I
got the nerve to ask him what they
were doing. He said, 'Putting up the
graduation tent.' I said, 'Really, you do
this for a living?' and without missing
a beat he said, 'Yeah, want a job?' "
Kathy Schaefer, IFM: " My earliest
memories are of being allowed to work
the lift gate to load and unload tents for
the crew. As I got older, I went to work
with my dad in the summer and helped
lay out stakes and lace the pieces
together. The tents were blue and khaki
canvas and I thought 'Khaki' was my
name until I got older. I am the fourth
generation running the business. "
What has kept you working in
the industry for so many years?
Carol Lee Cundey: " The people.
Anyone you meet in the event
rental industry-a rental company,
manufacturer, wedding planner,
other vendors-the one thing that
resonates is a work hard, play hard
mentality. Everyone is passionate
about what they do. I have yet to find
anyone in this industry who isn't. "
Jane Frost: " What initially started
out as a five-year plan, turned into
a 36-year plan. I just really enjoy
planning and strategizing to make
an event special and different. It
kind of gets into your blood. "
Steve Frost: " I enjoy it. I enjoy the
challenges of running a business
and being able to use my creative
problem-solving skills to work with
customers. I'm a people person. I
love working with our customers. "
Mike Holland: " There are a lot of
good things in this industry that will
keep you going, like relationships. I
would say the number one thing has
been the feeling you get when you
see the event come together and the
joy it brings to our customers. "
Brian Kordek: " It was the hard work
and band of brothers and sisters I've
had the privilege to work with through
the years that is the glue that kept me
here. This, along with the challenges
we face, which are very different from
other industries ... Ultimately, I think it
is the passion I share with my friends
and colleagues who understand that
failure is not an option. That adrenaline
rush is what keeps me going! "
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