ARA creates new event rental advocacy workgroup

Apr. 04, 2021

The American Rental Association (ARA) has created a new group to help advocate for the party and event rental industry, as it continues to struggle through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ARA Event Rental Advocacy Workgroup held its first meeting on April 1, 2021.

The purpose of the group is to join members of the industry together and work towards getting additional support from Washington, D.C. The group will advise ARA’s government affairs team on issues to address, lobby strategies and work with other coalitions and groups to build a stronger voice.

Members of the ARA Event Rental Advocacy Workgroup include:

  • Dan Hooks, CERP, Party Reflections, Charlotte, N.C., and ARA president
  • Brady Castro, PRO EM National Event Services, Phoenix
  • John Bibbo, CERP, Event Source, Cleveland
  • Jeff Crotto, CERP, All About Events – Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla., and ARA Region Three director
  • Brian Richardson, L & A Tent Rentals, Trenton, N.J., and ARA Government Affairs Committee chair
  • Michael Fitzwater, Special Events Entertainment, Portsmouth, Va., and ARA Region Two director
  • Sara Blood, Blood’s Catering & Party Rentals, White River Junction, Vt.
  • Delores Crum, CERP, Premiere Events, Austin, Texas, and ARA Party & Event Shared Interest Group (SIG) chair
  • Jared Medaris, CERP, Expo Party Rentals, Fresno, Calif.
  • Bryan Bolt, TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., and ARA Associate director
  • John Tabeling, Arena Americas, Oak Creek, Wis.
  • Lenny McClain, Event Rents, Englewood, Colo.
  • Dave Markey, Pedersen’s Rentals, Seattle

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