Tom Fouts began working in rental in 1970 and has been dedicated to promoting the equipment and event rental industry and ARA on local, state and national levels throughout his career in the industry. He was an officer on the ARA board for five years, including president in 2003 and board chair in 2004 and 2005, and has served on more than 20 local and national committees and boards.
During his tenure on the Education Committee, he helped develop education, safety and management training systems and the “Making It Work” video training series. These paved the way for Rental U courses in the areas of rental store management and day-to-day operations. He also helped develop the RenTech educational programs as chair of the General Tool Shared Interest Group (SIG).
In 2002, Fouts presented “Operation ID,” which he structured to create “Intentional Development” of leadership for local and state associations. This program recognized strengths and weaknesses, identified individuals with leadership potential and developed processes to support stronger associations.
Fouts also served on the Rental Management Advisory Board and co-chaired the ARA Insurance Services Captive board. He has attended ARA’s National Legislative Caucus more than 20 times and on a local level, worked to eliminate personal property tax on rental equipment and was successful obtaining stronger theft of services legislation.