American Rental Association

ARA Announces Election Results for 2014 Board of Directors

The American Rental Association (ARA) announces members who will join the its board of directors in February 2014, at the conclusion of The Rental Show in Orlando, FL.

Terry Turner, current ARA Party & Event Services Shared Interest Group (SIG) chairman and president of All Occasions Party Rentals, Knoxville, TN.

Associate Member Director:
Tony Sabo, sales and marketing manager, Graco, Minneapolis, MN.

Region One Director:
Brendon Blood, general manager, Blood’s Catering & Party Rentals, White River Junction, VT.

Region Four Director:
Willie Strange, co-owner, Eagle Rentals, Seguin, TX.

Region Five Director:
Kevin Hoffman, president, A to Z RentAll & Sales, Madison, WI.

“ARA is fortunate to have dedicated members who volunteer their time to represent the voice of members on the ARA Board of Directors. We thank all the candidates for their willingness to put forward their name for a board position and thank all ARA members who voted in this election,” said Christine Wehrman, ARA's executive vice president and CEO.

Current president-elect Paul Phelon, who will assume the office of president at The Rental Show in February 2014, has named John Bibbo, Jr., CERP, to the board position of Party & Event Services SIG chairman to represent this ARA member segment for a three-year term beginning in February 2014. Bibbo is president of Event Source in Cleveland, OH, an ARA member since 1983. He has served on the ARA Advertising & Marketing Committee, Events & Tents Task Force, Party & Event Services SIG and The Rental Show Task Force. His company has received the ARA Rental Excellence Award for Party and the ARA President's Image Award.

Phelon also has appointed two current ARA board members to serve on the Executive Committee. The one-year appointments will begin in February 2014, at the conclusion of The Rental Show. Appointed to serve are Paul Kenyon, Region 10 director, and Mark Gilbertson, chairman of the ARA General Tool & Equipment Services SIG. Kenyon, who has served on the ARA board of directors since February 2012, is owner and managing director of Absolute Support Services, located in Toronto. Gilbertson, who has served on the ARA board of directors since February 2013, is president and owner of Fargo Rentall, located in Fargo, ND. Kenyon and Gilbertson will join Phelon and Turner on the 2014 Executive Committee, which also will include current President Mike Blaisdell, who will assume the chairman of the board position at the conclusion of the show.

At The Rental Show, the following officer and directors will complete their terms on the board:

  • Mike Flesher, ARA chairman of the board and president of Taylor Rental Center, Vestal, NY.
  • Pam Meyer, ARA associate member director and equipment sales manager of Subaru Industrial Power Products, Lake Zurich, IL.
  • Russ Dagenais, ARA Region One director and president of Taylor Rental Center, Wallingford, CT.
  • Jimmy Pate, ARA Region Four director and owner of Pate’s Rental, Comanche, TX.
  • Terry Trusgnich, ARA Region Five director and president of Aide Rentals & Sales, Highland, IN.