Point-of-Rental System users streamed into Dallas this week for the rental management software company’s inaugural International Conference. While the company has hosted its annual user meeting in conjunction with The Rental Show for nearly 30 years, this International Conference is the first of its scale at its Dallas headquarters.
The three-day event kicked off with a humorous introduction and brief history by company president and CEO Wayne Harris. Attendees were given a sneak peek at Point-of-Rental’s new .NET software currently in Beta testing. A full day of training and roundtable events followed, covering topics that included inventory management, rate management, data analysis aligning with ARA’s Rental Market Metrics, and utilizing data for marketing purposes. The day wound up with a MLB game to see the Texas Rangers play the Oakland As. Thursday’s schedule included networking, accounting, security measures and PCI compliance, more roundtable discussions, and mingling with Point-of-Rental employees, while Friday’s half-day agenda covered the many uses and versatility of Crystal Reports.
Conference attendee Dan Farrell, of George’s Tool Rental in the Philadelphia area, came simply to learn more about Point-of-Rental software, intending to take training tips back to his employees. He was pleasantly surprised by the extra touches the event offered. “The whole thing was very well done,” he said. “When I got off the plane and came to my hotel, I found a nice little gift bag from Point-of-Rental waiting for me — with a handwritten note. Very classy.”
Todd Leiker, general manager of High Reach Equipment in Wichita, said he enjoyed the .NET preview and seeing how the software continues to improve. To Leiker, networking is a nice bonus for attending the event, but he admits the training itself is relevant and motivating. “I’ve been around Point-of-Rental since the mid 80s,” Leiker said. “I thought I knew it all — Now I do!”