ARA names nominees for board election

July 2020

The membership of the American Rental Association (ARA) has become more diverse, and the market and equipment and event rental industry have become even more complex. This requires a board of directors with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience to address the needs and challenges of the association.

As a result, the ARA Board of Directors approved new nomination and selection processes initiated this year to grow the pool of qualified board candidates and to develop a board with balanced skill sets to lead the association.

A single nominating committee was created and tasked with developing a list of viable candidates for each open director position, vetting those candidates and presenting a final slate of nominees to the board of directors for approval.

The board of directors established selection criteria to ensure the process is objective and focused on advancing the strategic plan. The following criteria were identified by the board: a passion to serve, industry involvement, diversity and leadership. 

Click the video below to learn more from John Bibbo, CERP, ARA chair.

The ARA Board of Directors has approved the following slate for the upcoming national election.

The nominees are:


Scott Irwin, president and co-owner, Delux Rental, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Region Six director

Doug Haas, president and CEO, Crown Rental, Burnsville, Minn.

Region Seven director

Andrew Heesacker, president and CEO, Arvada Rent-Alls, Arvada, Colo.

Region Eight director

Steve Ricci, president and owner of Bigfork Rentals, Bigfork, Mont.

Region Ten director

Angie Venekamp, general manager, Rental Network, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Associate Member director

Scott Pevey, director of marketing, Ditch Witch, Perry, Okla.

Ballots will be available electronically to the designated voting representatives of all ARA members beginning Sept. 8 through Sept. 21, 2020.

Voting representatives are scheduled to receive an email from on Aug. 27 with instructions on how to vote followed by an email on Sept. 8 with their personalized voting link. Intelliscan is ARA’s election service provider.

If you would like to update the voting representative for your company, please have your primary contact call ARA at 309-277-4221.

More election information will be forthcoming in Rental Pulse and with the August issue of Rental Management, which includes an election insert detailing the backgrounds of the candidates.

The same information will be available online to help designated voting representatives of ARA members learn more about each candidate before casting their electronic ballots.

ARA general members will vote for the president-elect, directors for their specific regions and associate member director. Associate members will vote for the associate member director. Those elected will begin their terms in February 2021 at the conclusion of The ARA Show™ 2021 in New Orleans.

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