Last week brought some big news from the ARA: 2020’s Rental Hall of Fame inductees were announced, along with volunteer recognition awards.

The honors confirm what we at Point of Rental have long believed: Our customers are passionate industry leaders who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those around them. In fact, both of this year’s Rental Hall of Fame inductees are also members of the Point of Rental family! 

Thomas Fouts of Bledsoe Rentals in Lees Summit, Mo., has been a part of the rental industry since 1970. He was an officer on the ARA board for five years and has served on more than 20 local and national committees and boards. He helped develop the “Making it Work” video training series, has worked for the ARA’s National Legislative Caucus, and presented “Operation ID,” which helps local and state ARA associations identify and develop future industry leaders.

Charles Neffle of All Occasions Rental in Cincinnati started working with the ARA in 1995 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s served on every possible committee within the ARA, even serving as the association president in 2001-2002. During his time on the board, he was a key part of the development of the Certified Event Rental Professional program, assisting in the selection of the ARA’s third CEO, and helped develop a strategic plan for the association. 

Other Point of Rental users will also be honored:

Kyle Tegner of Special Occasions in Corvallis, Ore., was named the ARA’s Rising Star Award winner – in addition to owning a growing business, he’s the president of the ARA of Oregon, along with being a member of the ARA’s Party & Event Shared Interest Group and the Young Professionals Network. 

The Industry Ambassador Award is going to Peggy DeFrancisco, VP at Taylor True Value Rental in Inverness, Fla. She’s served on the ARA of Florida board, including a term as president. She also was ARA Region Three director and has served on the ARAPAC council. 

Finally, February will see 10 people recognized as having earned Leadership Impact Awards – including even more members of the Point of Rental family (asterisked).

Region One: Julie Creedon-Linton, CERP, Creedon & Co., Worcester, Mass.
Region Two: Nathan McCutcheon, McCutcheon Enterprises, Houston, Pa.
Region Three: Bryan Bolt, TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C.
Region Four: Bryce Puckett, Kirby-Smith Machinery, Fort Worth, Texas
Region Five: Alex Bauman, In-A-Pinch? Rent It!, Martinsville, Ind.
Region Six: Ashley Pouche, Platte Rental & Supply, Parkville, Mo.*
Region Seven: Andrew Heesacker, Arvada Rent-Alls, Arvada, Colo.
Region Eight: Kyle Tegner, CERP, Special Occasions, Corvallis, Ore.*
Region Nine: Alberto Pianelli, F & B Rentals, Santa Ana, Calif.*
Region 10: Warren Carriere, Alberta Construction Rentals, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Congratulations again to everyone honored – we look forward to seeing you at the ARA Show in February!