California Rental Association Bestows Awards on Members at its Annual Rental Rally Tradeshow

The California Rental Association presented the W.E. “Bud” Loeber Friendship Award and the James Gartland Memorial Award at its Rental Rally Tradeshow, held Jan. 13-15 in Pomona, CA.

The W.E. “Bud” Loeber Friendship Award was presented to Allen Buck, West-Regional Manager of Virginia Abrasives, while Robert Pedersen of A Tool Shed in Campbell, CA, who was presented with the James Gartland Memorial Award.

The Loeber award honors the memory of Bud Loeber, a former assistant executive director of the California Rental Association (CRA). Bud was known for his helpful attitude, humor and kind personality. The award perpetuates the memory of his positive attitude and his friendly approach to life and is presented to CRA members who demonstrate a sincere interest in the rental industry and the people in it.

Allen Buck currently serves on CRA’s Associate Member Liaison Committee and has been president of CRA’s Tri-County Territory for several years. He is a familiar face at CRA events and is a frequent participant in the association’s RV Campouts. John Grill, CRA board member and owner of Aaction Rents in Windsor, CA, presented the Loeber award to Allen at the awards ceremony held during the tradeshow’s annual banquet.

Past recipients of the Bud Loeber Award are:
1995 - Bill Grasse 2002 - Jim Woodward
1996 - Walt Henderson 2003 - Joe Novak
1997 - Marion Beal 2004 - Doug Strom
1998 - Dave Copeland 2005 - Joel Neven
1999 - Dick Whittington 2007 - Les Chayo
2000 - Ed Hill 2010 - Mike Anderson
2001 - Phil Maxwell 2012 - Linda Bradley

Robert Pedersen of A Tool Shed in Campbell, California, was presented with the James Gartland Memorial Award, named for the founder of RER Magazine who was a long-time friend of the California Rental Association (CRA). The award is given annually to a rental person or service provider in recognition of their contribution to the rental industry. James Gartland helped recognize many “Rentalmen of the Year” and CRA continues that tradition by acknowledging men and women who embody the qualities Jim himself demonstrated—respect, vision, and leadership.

The Gartland award was presented to Robert Pedersen by Michael Roth, editor of RER, during the tradeshow’s annual banquet. Robert Pedersen is president of A Tool Shed Inc., in Campbell, California, a multiple-location rental center. He has been in the rental industry for 30 years and served on the CRA board of directors from 2003 to 2012, serving as chairman from 2008-2009, president from 2007-2008, treasurer from 2006-2007, and secretary from 2005-2006. Robert also served on many CRA committees—the Associate Member Liaison, Investment, Education, IT, and Bud Loeber Award Selection Committees. Robert is past president of CRA’s Northern Chapter and currently serves as the American Rental Association’s region nine director.
Congratulations and thanks to Robert Pedersen for his many years of contribution to CRA and to the rental industry.

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