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W

alberto Vasquez began his career
in the tent and event rental
industry in 2012 when he took a job
with what was then Karl's Event Rental
Inc. (now Arena Americas) in Houston,
Texas. "I was training [soccer] with
the Houston Dynamo Academy and
wasn't invited to preseason camp-so
I realized it was time to let go of soccer
in terms of making it my profession,"
says Vasquez, co-owner/co-founder,
The Tent Co., Houston. "My dad, Jorge,
was working as a crew leader at Karl's,
and they hired me on as inventory
logistics manager. Tenting was a whole
new world to me. Before that I couldn't
even tell you what a pole tent was."
Unbeknownst to Vasquez at the
time, Karl's Houston location would
close three months later, leaving a big
tent rental gap in the region. "My dad
could have transferred to Orlando or
Milwaukee, but it wasn't even a thought
for him. Both sides of our family are
here in Houston," Vasquez says. "And my
dad didn't want to continue putting out
his labor without being able to show all
he can do. So one morning I woke up
and said, 'Let's start our own company.'"
Later that year, Vasquez and his father
opened WV's Event Services, a small
rental company offering tables, chairs
and a couple of frame tents his father

had built over the years. "I only had
three months of experience, but my
dad knew everything you could think
of when it comes to tenting," Vasquez
says. "He had been a part of many
major events all over the country."
Over time, Vasquez and his father
transitioned into tent design and
manufacturing, tapping into their
expertise at innovative problem
solving and design. In 2016, they
changed the company's name to
The Tent Co. The business is now
a premier provider of engineered
fabric products and tent rentals.
"Our niche in Texas has been
established, so now we're known
as the tent manufacturers who can
do the complicated, crazier and
more meticulous work," he says.
Vasquez hopes to build on the
strong foundation that he, his
father, and their crew have built,
to the point where The Tent Co. is
nationally known. And true to form,
he's embracing the strength that
his family brings to the company.
Vasquez has put his brother Brian
in charge of operations as he
concentrates on the next steps for the
company. "I'm happy to see InTents
showcasing young professionals,"
he says. "Youth is important."

[Q&A]
(Q) What can we do to
improve the industry?
(A) I don't feel like we have a
big enough market presence.
The industry has been late
to come to social media and
even now, many people still
don't understand what we
can do. They think of tenting
as only a labor-type job-and
it's so much more than that.

Walberto Vasquez,
co-owner and co-founder
The Tent Co.
Houston, Texas
www.tentcohouston.com
Employs: 10 full-time and
15 to 20 seasonally

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