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Premier Event Tent Rentals
provided more than 100
tents, 2,000-plus linear feet
of railing and fencing, and
more than 100,000 square
feet of flooring for the RBC
Canadian Open. Pictured
is the 18th hole. Photo
courtesy of Golf Canada.

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Holland, president of Chattanooga Tent
& Event Solutions, Chattanooga, Tenn. "It
is equally important to be selective of the
work that may be adding the additional
hours. Sometimes the revenue is not
worth the added stress."
Van Gorp aims for a close-knit
workforce. "We try to have fun on the job
and work together like a family on and
off the job," he says. This includes things
like free meals or social hour.
The approach pays off. "We have called
on former employees who will take time
off their current jobs to fill in," Van Gorp
says. "We've even called on family to help
with tasks like washing dishes."
When it comes to time-off requests,
most tent rental companies have a
similar policy during the busy season.
"Planned vacations are rarely taken,"
Ritchey says. "Time off during the season
is generally only for good reason, and we
look at requests on a case-by-case basis."

BUMPS IN THE ROAD
When Marianne's Rentals landed the
contract for home football games at
the University of Oklahoma, providing
rentals for the alumni department,
football department, booster club and
the head coach at his home, the rental
company planned extremely detailed
logistics and held weekly production
meetings leading up to the season.
"There is a huge amount of activities
that happen on game day, and the
school wants everything in and out
quickly," Rodriguez says. "Although
we faced a few bumps along the way,
this job went well, and we are better
prepared for another season with
the university."
Even tent rental companies that are
well prepared for their busiest weeks
will encounter a few bumps in the
road. "Often in the rush of having a lot
of things to do, it can become tempting



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