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Voting opens this week to approve ARA board nominees

By Erin Jorgensen

August 27, 2023

Voting for approval of the slate of nominees to the American Rental Association (ARA) Board of Directors opens on Monday, Aug. 28. Ballots will be available electronically to the designated voting representatives of all ARA members beginning Aug. 28 through Sept. 11, 2023.

Voting representatives will receive an email from with their personalized voting link. Intelliscan is ARA’s service provider for the approval process.

ARA general members will vote for the president-elect, directors for their specific regions and the associate member director. Associate members will vote for the associate member director. The approved nominees will begin their terms at the conclusion of The ARA Show™ 2024 in February.

The nominees were selected by the Leadership Development Committee comprised exclusively of equipment and event rental industry members. The ARA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of nominees. Approval by the membership is now required.

The nominees are:

ARA president-elect
Robert H. Pedersen,
president and CEO,
A Tool Shed,
Santa Cruz, Calif.
ARA associate member director
Marti Wenzler,
strategic account manager,
Lawson Products,
ARA Region Six director
Steve Houser,
general manager,
U.S. Rents-It,
Jefferson City, Mo.
ARA Region Seven director
Maureen Harkness, CERP, managing director,
Cre8ive Event Rentals,
Tempe, Ariz.
ARA Region Eight director
Sam Castillo,
senior account manager,
Tates Rents,
Boise, Idaho
ARA Region 10 director
Kelly Brincheski,
general manager,
Collective Event Rentals,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Click here to learn more about each nominee. For more information, contact Joann Lay at 800-334-2177, ext. 265, or