Nov. 15, 2020
Keith Klarin, 83, of Palm City, Fla., died on Nov. 11, 2020. Klarin, who was the former owner of Perfect Party Consulting Services in Palm City and former president of All Purpose Rentals, Shrewsbury, N.J., served as the 26th president of the American Rental Association (ARA) in 1987.
Klarin was instrumental in encouraging rental companies to add party rentals during the deep recession in the early 1980s. His leadership helped some small rental companies survive the downturn and some larger companies to grow significantly.
He authored the Party Perfect column in Rental Management from 1980-2005. He also served as Rental Management business committee chair and wrote numerous articles for the magazine.
Klarin’s service to ARA and the industry is lengthy. In addition to his term as ARA president, he was a member of the ARA board of directors from 1980-1988 and then again in 2000-2001, was a member of the ARA Party Council from 1976-1980 and then chair from 1980-1984, conducted Parties-R-Us traveling party workshop series from 1982-1984, and was a member of the Executive Search Committee in 2000.
For his service to the industry, Klarin received the ARA Distinguished Service Award in 1983, was named Region Two Person of the Year in 1986 and was honored with the President’s Image Building Award in 1987. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rental Hall of Fame — the most prestigious honor offered by the ARA to those who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to the industry.
In addition, Klarin served on seminar panels and was a seminar moderator, was a member of the ARA of New Jersey board and then served as its president from 1970-1975.
Klarin wrote articles for many party and event publications as well as the column for Rental Management and served his community through the Jaycees and on the board and as president of United Cerebral Palsy.
At this time, a private funeral is planned with a memorial service to be held at a later date. Those with questions about services or memorial contributions may contact Ron Klarin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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