ARA board members approved
By Brock Huffstutler

ARA board members approved

American Rental Association (ARA) member businesses recently voted to approve the slate of nominees to the ARA board of directors. A new president-elect, Associate Member director and directors for Regions Two, Three and Nine have been confirmed.

Following are the members who will join the ARA board of directors in 2022.

Steve Mau, president and owner, Brainerd General Rental, Baxter, Minn.

Associate Member director:
Mary Crosslin, co-president and chief operating officer, Alert Rental Software, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Region Two director:
Brian Richardson, president and CEO, L & A Tent Rentals, Hamilton, N.J.

Region Three director:
John Scott, owner and managing partner, First Source Equipment Rentals, Burlington, N.C.

Region Nine director:
Alberto Pianelli, general manager, F&B Rentals, Santa Ana, Calif.

Current president-elect Scott Irwin, who will assume the office of president in 2022, has named Robert Pedersen to the board position of Equipment Rental Shared Interest Group (SIG) co-chair to represent that ARA member segment for a three-year term. Pedersen is president/CEO of A Tool Shed in Santa Cruz, Calif., an ARA member since 1963.

Irwin also has appointed two ARA board members to serve for one-year terms on the 2022-2023 Executive Committee. Appointed to serve are Robert Pedersen, Incoming Equipment Rental SIG co-chair, and Angie Venekamp, Region Ten director. Venekamp, who has served on the ARA board of directors since 2020, is general manager of Rental Network, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. Pedersen and Venekamp will join Irwin and Mau on the Executive Committee, along with current president Dan Hooks, CERP, who assumes the board chair position in 2022.

The following officer and directors will complete their terms on the board in the Spring of 2022:

  • Beth Hoff Blackmer, ARA board chair and president, Aspen Rent-All, Basalt, Colo.

  • Bryan Bolt, ARA Associate Member director and technical solutions manager, TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C.

  • Michael Fitzwater, ARA Region Two director and general manager, Special Events Entertainment, Portsmouth, Va. 

  • Jeff Crotto, CERP, ARA Region Three director and president, All About Events – Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Tony Murray, ARA Region Nine director and president, American Rentals, Long Beach, Calif.

  • Tim Allen, ARA Equipment Rental SIG co-chair and managing member, Roseburg Rental, Roseburg, Ore.

Brock Huffstutler

Brock HuffstutlerBrock Huffstutler

Brock Huffstutler is the regional news editor for Rental Management. He writes and edits articles for ARA’s In Your Region quarterly regional newsletters, Rental Management, Rental Pulse and other special projects. Outside of work, he enjoys biking and spending time at the few remaining vintage record stores in the region.

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