Hello, American Rental Association (ARA) Region Eight members. I hope it’s been a great spring rental season for you so far. I’m Drew Dancer, general manager of JAG Tool & Equipment Rental in Nampa, Idaho, and president of the ARA of Idaho, and I’m pleased to be able to share a few thoughts with you.
Most, if not all, of us in our industry struggle with finding and retaining good workers. There are no easy, one-size-fits-all remedies to the issue, but there are some resources out there that can help.
One tool that can help you find employees is the newly upgraded ARARentalWorks.com. This is ARA’s website that aims to connect job seekers with rental career opportunities. It includes several tools you can use to help attract the likes of students, parents, educators and veterans who are seeking information on careers in an industry full of opportunity.
And a resource on the onboarding and retention side that I encourage you to look into is the Employee Training Assistance Program through the ARA Foundation. This program can pay for 50 percent — up to $2,500 — of the types of training that will build your employees’ skills and keep your operation competitive. Trainings do not need to be ARA-branded programs but must support a career in the equipment or event rental industry. Learn more about this program by clicking here.
Finally, I would like to take a moment here to recognize a few all-stars who generously volunteer their time to help run their respective ARA state chapters. The following chapters recently concluded their annual board of directors elections; please join me in congratulating those serving:
ARA of Idaho
President: Drew Dancer, JAG Tool & Equipment Rental, Nampa
Treasurer: Sam Castillo, Tates Rents, Boise
Secretary: Brianne Crist, TL Crist Rental, Wendell
Mason Gillins, Mountain West Rentals & Sales, Idaho Falls
Alex Wetherell, Double Edge Equipment, Idaho Falls
Gary Hastriter, Direct Sales, Blackfoot
ARA of Oregon
President: Nathan Manning, Portland Rent All, Portland
Vice president: Shannon Botten, Botten’s Equipment Rental, McMinnville
Treasurer: Jeff Sherman, Sherman Rental, Tangent
Dennis Cabatic, Philomath Rental, Philomath
Cynthia Costa, Pacific Rental Equipment, Florence
Victor Lewis, Lewis Bros. Rentals Co. d/b/a Lewis Rents, Portland
Kyle Tegner, CERP, Special Occasions, Corvallis
Billie Carlyle, Essex Silver Line West, Ridgefield, Wash.
Have a safe and profitable spring and summer.
Drew Dancer, ARA of Idaho president
JAG Tool & Equipment Rental