Hello, American Rental Association (ARA) Region One members. Where has the year gone? Here we are in mid-October and while cold weather knocks on the door, most rental operations are still bustling with activity. That’s wonderful to see, but don’t get too busy to neglect some important items coming up soon that can impact your business.
Registration for The ARA Show™ 2023 in Orlando opens Tuesday, Oct. 18. It seems like forever, with everything that has happened in the world since the last “pre-COVID” show was hosted in Orlando in February 2020, doesn’t it? Orlando is a hugely popular destination for the show, and I know everyone is excited about going back there and focusing on the future of our businesses and the industry. Check out everything show-related — and get registered — at ARAshow.org.
Maybe you’re like me and don’t get very caught up in politics, but I think you’ll agree that the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8, are a big deal. All 435 U.S. House of Representative seats and 35 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats are on the line. In fact, every race in the election — at the local, state or federal level — is important and can impact jobs, communities and daily life. That is why you should vote and encourage others in your business to do the same.
One handy resource to help navigate the uncertainties around voting is ARAvotes.com, ARA’s Voter Resource Center. Just type in your address and you will find personalized voting information like important election dates, information on how to register to vote, polling locations and details on the various ways to cast a ballot. The ARA Voter Resource Center also offers information on top issues, elected officials and the latest political news. Check it out and share it with your staff.
ARA recently finalized the voting process for its national board positions, and soon you will have a new representative for Region One: Sarah Wilper, director, Mazzotta Equipment Rentals, Middletown, Conn.
Sarah has been in the equipment and event rental industry for 15 years and has a wealth of experience in both family-owned and corporate operations. Plus, she is no stranger to association involvement. She has been a key member of the ARA of Connecticut board of directors since 2014 and has served at the national level of ARA in quite a few capacities. Sarah has even been named Region One Person of the Year (2016) and received the ARA Exemplary Service Award (2020) for her efforts. She will assume her new duties at the end of The ARA Show in Orlando this February. I know you will welcome her as your ARA regional director as you so graciously did me when I began my term in this role in 2020.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Stefani Donabedian, marketing director at Mobile Air & Power Rentals, Worcester Mass., who also serves as ARA of Massachusetts president, and Samantha Ruttura, president of Our Rental Pumps, Farmingdale, N.Y. They both were selected from our region as two of the young rental professionals profiled in the “12 to watch under 40” section in the September issue of Rental Management. Read more about Stefani and Samantha in this issue.
Have a wonderful fall season.
Julie Creedon-Linton, CERP, ARA Region One director
Creedon & Co.