A Message from your Board
Hello ARA of Florida members! My name is Brandon Ahlgren, and I own Elite Events & Rentals, LLC in Safety Harbor, Fla. I started my business 5 1/2 years ago. After a few years of working in the rental business, I was interested in learning more about the industry and how to grow my business. I decided to join the American Rental Association in November of 2011 and soon after had the opportunity to join the ARA of Florida board in the summer of 2012.
I can’t tell you all how much I have enjoyed being a part of the ARA of Florida. I serve on the board as the education chair. My responsibility is to plan and organize the educational classes at the spring and fall events for all the ARA of Florida members.
In early May, we hosted our spring ARA of Florida training at the Ring Power Corp. headquarters in St. Augustine. The full-service construction equipment distributor is one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the Southeastern United States and the exceptional facility was the ideal location for our event. I want to thank Kevin Robbins and the Ring Power staff for hosting this event and providing breakfast and lunch to all the attendees.
We offered two classes at this event. One was an aerial work platform (AWP) training and certification class. There were 15 attendees who became certified. This is an OSHA requirement for all stores with AWP equipment. Each store saved more than $500 by attending the class through the ARA of Florida. On the other side of the property, we hosted a tent installation training taught by the highly respected rental store owner Pete McVey from McVey Tent and Expo in Greenville, Wis. McVey shared his knowledge from many years of experience with the more than 30 attendees who learned how to install tents properly and safely. We all gathered together after the classes for a wonderful lunch provided by Ring Power, followed by a tour of the company’s facilities.
We have already started planning for the fall meeting. Save the date for Sept. 20-22, 2013! We are heading south this time and will be hosting our event at the oceanfront Delray Beach Marriott. We have excellent education and fun family activities planned, so make sure to mark it on your calendar. We hope to see you there. We are always looking for help or other ARA of Florida members to join our education committee. If you are interested in learning how you can get involved or want more information about the fall meeting, please contact me.
Remember, getting involved will help grow your business! Here’s to a successful summer!
— Brandon Ahlgren,
ARA of Florida education committee chair