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NOVEMBER 2012 issue of
Rental Management

Regional Digest: ARA of Nebraska and ARA of Florida

ARA of Nebraska hosts employee appreciation event

The ARA of Nebraska’s Employee Appreciation Day and Hot Dog Roast was held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Cala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Neb. Nearly 100 employees and store owners took the opportunity to bring their families out to enjoy the fall fun. The day-long event was designed to include something for everyone, with two hot dog roasts to accommodate participants who arrived early as well as latecomers. In addition, participants spent the day enjoying 44 attractions including a haunted house, corn maze and hay rack rides.

“There was so much going on,” says Pat Honeyman, president of Honeyman Rent All/The Party Place in Omaha, Neb. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the oversized tricycles and giant trampolines. Going to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin was also a highlight. Overall, we just had a great time with each other on a beautiful, fall-like day.”

ARA of Florida board sets CERP goal

The ARA of Florida board is taking an unusual approach to the American Rental Association’s (ARA) Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) program. In order to highlight the importance of the program, which is the only certification program specifically created for those in the party and event rental industry, board members who are involved with the party and event segment have started
the program with the intention of finishing in time for The Rental Show 2014 in Orlando.

“We want to have a parade of CERP-designated members at The Rental Show when Florida hosts the event in 2014,” says Debbie Kozsuch, general manager of Brandon Rental Center in Seffner, Fla. “We’re hoping that by setting an example and offering testing at meetings when we can, we will emphasize the importance of this program and help party and event people see how this designation can add to their business success.”

State, local and provincial associations are driven by American Rental Association (ARA) members who give their time and expertise to provide programs and services that can benefit members close to home, including education and training, government advocacy, industry trends and networking opportunities. Participation at the local level can help you stay up-to-date on industry issues through personal connections, as well as exposure to products and information regarding solutions to common rental industry issues that affect all businesses. For further information or to get involved, contact a member of your state board. Contact information, as well as a current calendar of state and local events, can be found at ARArental.org under “State/Local/Provincial Associations.”




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