ARA Announces 2018 Volunteer Awards

The American Rental Association (ARA) announced its recipients of the 2018 volunteer recognition awards, honoring individuals for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry.

The awards will be presented during the ARA Show in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 17-20, 2019.

The volunteer award winners are: 

  • Distinguished Service Award: Frederick Dupy, president of American Party Rental in Austin, Texas.
  • Meritorious Service Award: Leon Kothmann, Leon Kothmann Insurance Agency in Arlington, Texas.
  • Special Service Award: Rick Long, president of Power Equipment Plus, Sand Lake, Mich.
  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Sam Castillo, sales manager at Tates Rents in Boise, Idaho.

Regional Persons of the Year Awards

These awards honor members who have made outstanding contributions to the association and the rental industry on the regional, state, provincial, or local levels.

Region One: Elizabeth Davis, CERP, PTG Event Services, Bethpage, N.Y.
Region Two: Courtney Tamuzza, United Rentals, Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Region Three: John Scott, First Source Rentals, Burlington, N.C.
Region Four: Cindy Barson, CERP, Eventfully Yours, Parties * Rentals * Gifts, Springdale, Ark.
Region Five: Dean Miller, CERP, Miller’s Party Rental Center, Akron, Ohio
Region Six: Roger Vajgrt, Home Rental Center & Sales Co., Marshalltown, Iowa
Region Seven: Sharon Olsen, Y-Knot Party Corporation, Mesa, Ariz.
Region Eight: Frank Orrell, All Rents Tool and Equipment, Seaside, Ore.
Region Nine: Nancy Fregoso, CERP, All Star Rents, Chico, Calif.
Region 10 – Nancy Crosby, Classic Rentals, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

President’s Image Awards

This is a business facility or store award celebrating a commitment to improving the rental industry image through a remodeling, rebuilding or renovation project.

Region One: Taylor True Value Rental, Rollinsford, N.H.
Region One: Michael’s Party Rentals, Palmer, Mass.
Region Two: Slaymaker Rental, Washington Boro, Pa.
Region Two: Stoney Creek Rentals, Blandon, Pa.
Region Three: CE Rental, Raleigh, N.C.
Region Three: Total Rental Center d/b/a True Value Rental, Crystal River, Fla.
Region Four: Premiere Events, Austin, Texas
Region Four: V-Bar Equipment Company, Abilene, Texas
Region Four: Only 1 Rentals, Navasota, Texas
Region Four: Great Plains Equipment Rental, Lubbock, Texas
Region Five: Burns Rent-Alls, Mishawaka, Ind.
Region Five: House of Rental, Skokie, Ill.
Region Six: U-Turn Rentals, Wichita, Kan.
Region Seven: Apache Equipment Corp., Phoenix, Ariz.
Region Eight: Hardware Sales, Bellingham, Wash.

The Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, Special Service and Outstanding Leadership Awards will be presented during the ARA Industry Awards Lunch on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The Regional Persons of the Year and President’s Image Awards will be presented during the Regional Receptions on Monday, Feb. 18.

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