ARA Announces Volunteer Recognition Award Recipients

Each year, the American Rental Association (ARA) honors outstanding volunteers for their service to the association. The Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, Special Service and Outstanding Leadership Awards will be presented during The Rental Show in Las Vegas in February 2013.

Distinguished Service Award

Hal Y. Roe, president of Bradley Rentals in Cleveland, receives this year’s Distinguished Service Award. He’s being honored for his continued service and dedication to ARA since 1992, when his business opened. Next to the Rental Hall of Fame, this is the most prestigious award ARA presents. It recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership with long-term service to the association at the national, state/provincial and local levels.

Roe began his involvement serving on the ARA of Tennessee board and has served on a wide range of its committees as well as the ARA Insurance board, ARA Political Action Committee (ARAPAC) council and ARA Foundation board. He was elected an officer of the ARA board in 2009, serving as president-elect, president and chairman of the board. He continues to serve as an ARA Foundation Rental Executive Advisory Program (REAP) advisor, providing mentoring and guidance to others within the industry.

Meritorious Service Award

Terry Bryant, president of Bryant’s Rent-All of Lexington in Lexington, Ky., will receive the Meritorious Service Award that recognizes and individual for exemplary leadership as a part of an association committee, special project or service activity, for his personal support and dedication concerning public policy and government affairs.

He’s been a member of ARA since 1976. In 1993, Bryant became the legislative chair for ARA of Kentucky and has remained active in the state association since that time. He’s also served on ARA’s Government Affairs Committee numerous times, including as chair. Bryant is personally acquainted with his federal and state legislators and is a strong supporter of member involvement in the political process. 

Special Service Award

Dave Garton, marketing manager for John Deere, Moline, Ill. will be presented the Special Service Award that recognizes an industry supplier who has made an outstanding contribution to the association.

Garton has worked in the rental industry and been involved with ARA since 2006, serving on the Construction and Industrial Services Shared Interest Group and Construction U Task Force. Currently he’s serving a three-year term as ARA Foundation trustee. He’s also worked with John Deere in support of The Rental Show sponsorships and donations for the ARA Foundation charity auction.

Outstanding Leadership Award

Darren Morizet, owner of PartyTime Rentals, Poughquag N.Y. will be presented the recieve the Outstanding Leadership Award that recognizes superlative leadership at the grassroots level--state, local or provincial, for his work in reactivating ARA of New York.

The first meeting to discuss reactivating the state association was at The Rental Show 2011 and during the meeting, Morizet volunteered to serve as president. He’s been an outstanding leader, engaging fellow members of the board of directors to actively represent the membership. ARA of New York now has 178 members and  those companies have 77 branch locations. He will continue to serve as the association’s president in 2013.

Regional Persons of the Year

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 1: George Jones, Solutions by Computer, North Bennington, Vt.
  • Region 2: Carol Frederick, Tel-Power Tool and Equipment Rental, Altoona, Pa.
  • Region 3: Jim Browning, The Browning Agency, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
  • Region 4: Willie Strange, Eagle Rentals, Seguin, Texas
  • Region 5: John Fuchs, Anchor Industries, Evansville, Ind.
  • Region 6: The late Dennis Vis, Attema Marketing, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Region 7: Joseph Muench, ProCon, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Region 8: Mike Blaisdell, Bunce Rental, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Region 9: Ted Cook, Ventura Rental Center, Ventura, Calif.
  • Region 10: Mike Maltby: Ingersoll Rent-All, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

President’s Image Award

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

  • Aspen Rent-All, Aspen Colo. – Beth Hoff Blackmer
  • Aurora Rents, Seattle – Larry Steele
  • George’s Tool Rental, Hatfield, Pa. – Alan Wismer
  • One Stop Party Shop, Webster, Texas – Karen Keesler
  • Rental World, Harlingen, Texas – Bryan Wolf
  • Robinson’s Hardware, Hudson, Mass. – Steve Reitter