InTents April/May 2022 - 6

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Tent industry back together at Tent Expo
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Hundreds of tent professionals turned
out for education, product displays and
networking at the 2022 Tent Expo.
ore than 550 tent and rental professionals
gathered in Daytona Beach,
Fla., January 18-20 for the IFAI Tent Expo.
Members of the Tent Rental Division
and other industry professionals took the
opportunity to meet in person for the irst
time in two years, driving near-record attendance
at this year's event.
Tent Expo offers a chance to connect inperson
that can't be replicated by virtual
events, said Josh Kohn, CEO and co-founder,
SOHO Event Rentals, Fairhope, Ala.
" It's so good, the relationships, the networking,
getting to meet face to face with
people, it really builds those relationships, "
he said. " To be here on the loor
with the tents and manufacturers, to be
able to ask questions ... really speeds up
the conversation versus just looking at a
PDF or online at something. "
More than 50 exhibitors were on hand
Whether you're looking to
enhance your post-Expo
experience or are seeing these
companies for the first time,
use the information on page 7
from Tent Expo exhibitors to
learn more about the products
and services they provide.
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to share the latest innovations in tents,
equipment, looring, furniture, accessories
and more.
" I've learned so much from all the
manufacturers, " said Steven Eisenstein,
president of Classic Tents & Events,
Norcross, Ga. " I've learned the right tents
to buy. I got the TentOx from coming to
this event many years ago. Coming to Tent
Expo helps us learn how we can be more
eficient with our labor, do more and save
money. It's coming to these events that
you learn about all the different pieces of
equipment and what they can do. "
The three-day Tent Expo kicked off with
the annual golf tournament and a tour of
the Daytona International Speedway,
followed by two days of education,
networking and product demos. Indy
Car racer James Hinchcliffe delivered the
keynote address, telling the story of his
struggles to become a professional driver,
and his comeback from a life-threatening
injury he suffered while practicing for the
2015 Indianapolis 500.
Two tent industry leaders were also
honored with the Bruce W. Wodetzki
Award. The award is named for the
irst chairman of IFAI's Tent Rental
Division and recognizes professionals
who continue his legacy of impacting
the growth, direction and success of the
industry. This year's honorees were Jim
Reyen, business director at Eureka! Tents,
and George Smith, president and CEO of
Mahaffey Fabric Structures.
Education topics at this year's Tent
Expo included advice on diversifying
your business and hiring, as well as tips
on ballasting, an update on codes and
standards and more.
The 2023 Tent Conference will be
January 11-13 in Savannah, Ga.

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