Hello, American Rental Association (ARA) Region Three members.
Spring has arrived here in the Southeast and as it is the season of new beginnings, I’m pleased to begin my term as your ARA Region Three director.
I would like to first offer my thanks to my predecessor, Jeff Crotto, CERP, of All About Events – Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla., for his outstanding leadership in our region as well as the association. Jeff has worked hard to help steer us through some of the most difficult and trying times our industry has ever faced. I look forward to continuing the efforts that Jeff and all previous Region Three directors have put forth in promoting ARA and the benefits of rental.
Although we were unable to participate in ARA’s National Legislative Caucus in Washington, D.C., again this year due to security protocols at the Capitol, the work of our association continues through ARAPAC, ARA’s political action committee.
As a former member of ARA’s Government Affairs Committee, I have seen up close the great work ARAPAC has and continues to do in supporting pro-business candidates regardless of party affiliation. Our legislators make policy decisions every day that impact our businesses. Supporting ARAPAC is another way you can help further the industry and make ARA the leading voice for rental. ARAPAC is free to join, and I hope you will sign up today. You can get more information and join ARAPAC here.
I am happy to inform you that ARA has announced two exciting new projects:
First, the new ARA Certified programs launched in March. These are a series of certification programs covering essential training for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) on both trainer and operator sides, and sales and service certification programs for people in the equipment rental segment.
Second, a new solution for ARA members’ group health care needs will launch May 1. This is an initiative ARA has been working on for a long time. Now it is coming to fruition.
Find more information about these programs inside this issue of In Your Region.
In closing, I would like to thank you, the members of ARA Region Three, for your support as I start my term on the ARA board of directors. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns or if I can be of any assistance.
Have a safe and profitable spring rental season.
John Scott, ARA Region Three director
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