InTents August/September 2022 - 30

Brandon Sayre
President/CEO
Age: 30
ACC Party Rental Inc.,
Columbus, Ohio
Number of years
in the industry:21
What is your earliest memory
of working in the industry?
Joey Jewell: We used to work summers
as kids, and I remember being out on
the driveway every summer cleaning
side curtains and not having any
sunglasses and the agony of staring at
those bright white curtains for hours.
Briar Sayre
Vice president/CFO
Age: 26
ACC Party Rental Inc.,
Columbus, Ohio
Number of years
in the industry: 17
Did you have anyone you
considered to be a mentor?
Brandon Sayre: My grandpa Raymond
Sayre started the business renting tables
and chairs in 1997, and he was kind of
always our mentor. He gave us so much
freedom to do whatever we wanted, even
though we were kids. I remember being
in middle school and we didn't have a
website at the time. I asked if I could build
one and he said sure! It didn't matter if
whatever it was would make us money,
he was willing to let us try and have the
freedom to experiment and learn and even
fail. Most people don't get that opportunity,
but I think it's really important.
Joey Jewell
COO
Age: 27
ACC Party Rental Inc.,
Columbus, Ohio
Number of years
in the industry:19
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What do you enjoy most
about this industry?
Joey: First and foremost is being part of
someone's once-in-a-lifetime event-
weddings, graduations, whatever it
is. I didn't always have this point of
view, but two years ago I showed up
to a site and the tent would not it in
their yard. I tried everything and was
out there till 7 or 8 at night trying to
igure it out with them, thinking of
everything I could of until I inally found
a solution. I was the only person who
could make their event happen and
make it how they wanted. Now I take
that attitude to every event I work on.
I also feel like there's no ceiling on
where this industry can go. You can start
with tables and chairs and get into lighting
and staging and linens. It covers all the
basics of running a business-you buy,
load, clean, rent-the whole supply chain.
What do things look like for your
company now versus in 2019?
Briar Sayre: All the big festivals are
coming back inally. Things are going
back to normal. You still get some
sprinkles of COVID work and extended
rentals, but it's mainly back to what
it was. Now the problem of course is
inding that labor to get everything
inished. We've increased our pay
rate, which has helped, and added
beneits like health insurance and
401(k) matching. We're also trying
to make everything more eficient
and buying more tools like a stake
puller or Tent OX™. We're buying
more tools instead of hiring staff.
What do you see as the next big
challenge for the industry?
Brandon: I feel like the industry is
in a transition period. There's a lot
of companies growing and a lot of
owners that are retiring. Lots are
selling. It's a weird transition period.
It's creating tons of opportunities for
those who can take advantage of them.
Any words of wisdom that you were
given and found helpful or advice
to offer the next generation just
getting started in this industry?
Briar: One that sticks with me
is " There's never problems, only
solutions " from Brian Stumph with
Fred's Tents. I say that one to myself
all the time. I don't know where he
got it from, but that's where I got it.
Joey: Don't be afraid to take chances.
Everything we have done has required
taking a chance. Whether it succeeds
or not, you'll learn something. Don't be
afraid to change and try new things.
Brandon: Let your employees take
chances. Be willing to give them
new opportunities to grow in your
company and for themselves.

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