John Campanelli, longtime event rental leader, plans to retire Jan. 1, 2022

Nov. 21, 2021 - By Connie Lannan - Special Projects Editor

John Campanelli, CEO of Chicago’s InProduction, a leader in providing temporary seating, staging, modular structures, tents and scenic production, plans to retire Jan. 1, 2022. Jason Tedrow, company president and chief operating officer, will assume the CEO role.

John Campanelli

Campanelli has been a leader in the event rental industry since 2004, when he left R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., where he built a $1 billion logistics business within the printing giant, to become CEO of Classic Party Rentals. Under Campanelli’s leadership, Classic became the largest event rental company in the United States. He led the sales growth of Classic to $250 million, expanding the company from operating in two states to more than 35 outlets in California, the Southwest, Southeast, Florida, New York and Washington. He left Classic in 2009.

Starting in 2015, he reunited with investors Dubin Clark to commence work on InProduction. Campanelli brought together “the best seating and staging companies — starting with SGA Production Services, adding and integrating T&B Equipment, CommuniLux Productions, Nussli U.S. and Seating Solutions — into a one-stop shop for most of what is necessary to serve the end markets we serve — corporate, entertainment, golf and all other sports,” he said in a September 2021 Rental Management article. “We rebranded our legacy companies — several of which go back 40 years — into InProduction in 2017.”

That led to the company’s latest offering — the creation of modular stadiums. “For years we have been putting up seating, staging, scenic and other structures. In particular, one of the pieces of business that we have built every year and kept getting bigger was the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Eventually we built a coliseum around the par-3 16th hole. It held up to 20,000 fans. As we started building a lot of structures on a temporary basis for golf, we looked at it and decided in 2016 that we could start building modular stadiums that are faster, quicker to install, were more flexible and cost-effective for sports teams and other entities. We started down that path pre-pandemic. The first location we did that for was in conjunction with the United Soccer League (USL),” Campanelli said.

Campanelli’s retirement, with Tedrow succeeding him, is a transition that has been in the works for some time.

Jason Tedrow and John Campanelli

“Jason joined InProduction in 2018 with the plan that he would succeed me at the appropriate time,” Campanelli said. “Having worked together to successfully guide InProduction through the dramatic downturn in events as a result of the pandemic, we are now heading into a year of record sales. I have decided that no better time exists to transition out and let Jason lead our sales and operations teams to drive InProduction to new levels of success. The team knows and respects Jason, and we are fortunate to have this seamless transition as we continue to innovate and gain traction in the industry.”

Tedrow has 25 years of operations, logistics and supply chain leadership experience across multiple industries. As InProduction president and chief operating officer, he has overseen all aspects of the company’s operations, ensuring that all projects are executed safely and efficiently.

“Over the past three years, John has mentored me to take over this role,” Tedrow said. “I’m confident that we will continue the tradition of excellence that is associated with our company. There is no doubt in my mind that our team will deliver record-breaking growth in 2022 and continued success for years to come.”

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