What’s your name, company name, job title, and segment your business serves?
My name is Kaila DeSilva and I work at New York Tent in the sales department as an Account Manager.
How long have you or your company been involved with ARA and the YPN?
For the past 2 years I've been involved with ARA and have been focusing primarily on music festivals and other large scale events with similar scopes of work. It was a busy summer this year with 4 music festivals and as stressful as it may get at times I wouldn’t trade it for anything. That adrenaline rush you get when you’re on-site and that final push to get the job done, there is nothing like it. I’m hopeful and excited for what’s next in the years to come.
What resource or event are you most interested in taking advantage of in the future (i.e. Mentoring Program, YPN Conference, YPN Event at The ARA Show, etc.)?
I'm looking forward to getting the chance to attend a YPN Conference in the future!
You recently participated in the New York Community Impact Project at the Queens Botanical Gardens. Tell us about that experience and why you would encourage others to participate in these projects!
I was born and raised in Queens so it will always hold a special place in my heart. That aside, I think we all get wrapped up in our own lives and it’s important to take a minute to step away from the everyday chaos and stress to help others when we can. Being able to spend the day to give back to the community is such a fulfilling experience. I was able to meet some new people as well as re-connect with some old friends which was an added bonus to the experience. Looking forward to spending more time doing volunteer work and giving back to the community!
And now for a non-rental question... Growing up, what was your favorite Disney Channel Original Movie?
I’m more of a scary movie person now, however I was a big fan of Disney Channel growing up. I would say that one of my favorite movies was Halloween Town and since it was a seasonal movie it made it that much more exciting when it was on tv.
Interested in becoming a YPN member? Visit ARArental.org/Young-Professional-Network to get started!
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A Marketing Manager at ARA, Hannah joined the association in the summer of 2020. Her experience as a marketer comes from five years in the field, after earning her degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and Studio Art from the University of Iowa. Prior to ARA, Hannah has worked in traditional and digital marketing/communication, and loves to use her skills for photography and videography projects. Outside of work, Hannah is on the Board of Directors for the Jaycees of the Quad Cities, and serves on the executive committee of a local 5K. She's also passionate about her garden, home improvement projects, and trying new recipes with friends and family.