InTents August/September 2022 - 32

Cory Stoken
Co-owner and COO
Age: 31
FloorEXP Inc. and
Mod-Fence Systems LLC,
Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Number of years
in the industry: 10
How did you get involved with
this industry and at what age?
Around 2012, shortly after graduating
from college I was introduced to Gauro
Coen, who has 20-plus years working and
operating within the tent, event, custom
and portable looring industry. Gauro
hired me at age 21 as his administrative
assistant at American Turf and Carpet,
and after a few weeks I fell in love
with the industry and company.
Within the irst six months of working
there, I saw an opportunity to advance
and streamline the manufacturing of
our custom carpeting and logo-branded
rugs, which would allow us to produce
triple the amount of product for clients
in half the time. Within one year, we
tripled our custom looring business
and continued to grow from there.
Any words of wisdom that you
were given and found helpful?
The best piece of advice I've received
came from Gauro: " It's about progress,
not perfection. " I personally am a bit
of a perfectionist and when it comes
to growing a company, that's not
always the best approach. What I've
learned is to keep trying to build on
progress and get 1% better every day.
How did you get involved with
this industry and at what age?
My friend's family owned Fosters'
Tent Rentals and I was lucky enough
to be hired there for summer work
at age 14 and I am still here at 35!
Kyle Gagnier
General manager
Age: 35
Fosters' Tent Rental Co.,
West Chazy, N.Y.
Number of years
in the industry: 21
Do you have anyone you
consider to be a mentor?
Well, I am lucky enough to have
exceptional parents, so it would be remiss
of me to not count them. Within our
business, Scott Foster, one of the owners
of Fosters' Tent Rentals, has also been
a direct mentor. He showed me what it
takes to be successful in this industry.
What do you enjoy most
about this industry?
I don't know if I can narrow it down
to one thing. I do thoroughly enjoy
working with our team when we are
pushing through the busy season and all
of the problem solving that comes with
meeting our goals and desired outcomes.
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Any advice to offer the next generation
just getting started in this industry?
Yes, I would say that you can certainly
make a career within this industry.
I think a lot of young people come
into our industry and see this as a
temporary job until they get a " real "
job. I also had that mentality while I
was in high school and college, and
then this turned into my career.
Any additional words of
appreciation for anyone?
I am very grateful to all of the business
professionals that I have spent time
with and gotten to know through
this industry. It is illed with gracious
people who are willing to share their
time and wisdom to help one another.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I love what I do. My goals are to
continue to add different products
to service the events industry, to
innovate with new products that will
make our clients' business grow, and
continue advancing to modernize the
old looring and fencing industry. I see
myself staying in the industry and I
just want to keep innovating for it.

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