Elise Rossi, corporate officer, Grand Rental Station, Trenton, Maine, became the newest member of the ARA of Maine board of directors in March when she accepted an offer to fill a vacant board seat.
As a member of the board, Rossi will collaborate with a team of other volunteer leaders from the state’s equipment and event rental community to develop meetings, events and programs that deliver education, training and networking opportunities for American Rental Association (ARA) members in Maine.
Rossi has been involved in the rental industry for 20 years and says that as part owner of a family business, “there is no job that I haven’t been a part of to keep the day-to-day operations running like a well-oiled machine — no pun intended.”
Rossi’s academic and professional pursuits have enabled her to perform at a high level within her organization. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Maine in Orono and holds certifications in food protection, hospitality and leadership.
Within ARA, Rossi is involved in the Young Professional Network (YPN) and the Women in Rental group, reflecting the top benefit she says she gets out of membership: networking.
As an ARA of Maine board member, Rossi hopes to help create opportunities for fellow rental operators to build a peer network where members can comfortably share solutions to common problems. “The busy season is long and can be grueling with lack of workforce and equipment. I want to meet more Maine rental store owners and employees and increase Maine rental stores’ camaraderie,” she says.
Away from the day-to-day of equipment and event rentals, Rossi has served as a volunteer for Challenger Baseball — a division for children with physical and mental disabilities — and in the Community Reading Day while living out of state in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.