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A message from your regional director

By Brian Richardson

January 10, 2023

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson

Happy New Year, American Rental Association (ARA) Region Two members.

We had an extremely busy fall season with many great events having been held throughout our region. Each of our ARA state chapters continue to host some terrific in-person events, and I encourage you and your staff to attend, network and support the officers who work diligently to present outstanding content.

At ARA’s Leadership Conference held in Chicago in November, I had the pleasure of presenting the 2021 Leadership Impact Award to Danny Showalter, president of CVR Rentals in Waynesboro, Va., and immediate past president of the ARA of Virginia. Danny steered the Virginia state association through the many challenges created by the pandemic, and I want to thank him for his efforts.

I am also excited to announce that at The ARA Show™ next month in Orlando, I will be presenting the 2022 Leadership Impact Award to Reggie Eda, general manager of Oxon Hill Rentals in Fort Washington, Md. Reggie’s enthusiasm for our association and our industry is infectious. He makes all the in-person ARA of Maryland events special and distinctive.

If you should bump into either Danny or Reggie, please congratulate them both.

The ARA staff are working tirelessly making final preparations for The ARA Show in Orlando. I hope you can join us Feb. 11-15. Check out everything show-related — and get registered, if you haven’t already done so — at I hope to see you on the show floor or in our Region Two area at the Welcome Reception on Monday, Feb. 13.

I would also like to remind everyone that the ARA Foundation has nearly $134,000 in scholarships available for 2023-2024 academic year. Applications are due by March 7, and students can get more information and apply here.

As you may have noticed, this newsletter is being offered to you in a new format — a more user-friendly version that leads you to the new-and-improved Rental Management website for industry news. To help you stay connected with your rental colleagues and events happening in your state and region, these newsletters will be arriving in your inbox every month, with a rotation of special guests providing the welcome message. Enjoy it as you stay in the know.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for your continued support of ARA and our region, and wish you a prosperous 2023.

Brian Richardson, ARA Region Two director
L & A Tent Rentals
Trenton, N.J.