August Rental Update: Rental Hall of Fame, Heavy Equipment Rentals, new site for RSC, and more

August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8

United Rentals also is in focus with the announcement of four winners of its “Consider It Won” Sweepstakes.

Leslie Rue Mandeville of James O. Rue Construction, Palm Desert, CA.; Dawn Bikin of Citywide Contracting; Phoenix, AZ; Carlos Silveira of Tiercon, Stoney Creek, ON, Canada; and Kevin Nesbit of E.S. Boulos Co., Topsham, ME, won all-expense-paid trips for two to a championship event for Indy car racing, baseball, football and hockey, respectively.

The “Consider It Won” Sweepstakes was launched in March and drew thousands of entrants through the closing date of April 30, 2009. The sweepstakes was open to all qualifying individuals, including contractors, subcontractors, remodelers and facility managers. Winners were selected by random drawing in May.

ARA Foundation awards scholarships
The ARA Foundation Scholarship Committee selected 24 recipients for its scholarships. In addition, 13 recipients were chosen for the Foundation’s four affiliate program scholarships.

The Foundation board of trustees and Scholarship Committee awarded several additional undergraduate and graduate scholarships this year, since the quality of applicants was high and additional funds were available from the 2008 and 2009 auctions benefiting the Foundation held during its convention, The Rental Show.

The 2009-2010 scholarship recipients are:
ARA Insurance Services Scholarship - $3,000
Ryan Ponikvar, Sun Rental Center, Mentor, OH. Ponikvar also is receiving an ARA of Ohio scholarship.

ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships - $2,000
Kendra Aker, Creative Tent International, Weed, CA; Shawn Blaisdell, Bunce Rental, Tacoma, WA; Stefanie Blaisdell, Bunce Rental/American Party Place, Tacoma, WA; Nicholas Dagenais, Taylor Rental Center, Wallingford, CT; Leroy Dixon III, Party Plus, Baltimore; Brittany Fike, Lets Entertain, Warrensville Heights, OH; Charles Jones, Rent All Center, Alexandria, VA; Trevor Matthew, Taylor Rental Center, Petoskey, MI; Shannon Penfound, Par-Tee Rentals, Petrolia, ON, Canada; Jennifer Thomas, Magic Special Events, Richmond, VA; and Shane Valliere, Taylor Rental Center, Petoskey, MI.

ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships - $1,500
Steven Lantz, Double D Rentals, Norco, CA and Brandt Yount, A-1 Equipment Rental, Morristown, TN.

ARA Foundation Graduate Scholarships - $2,000

Christopher Burson, Rental World of St. Cloud, St. Cloud, FL; Chris Sater, A&A Tent Productions, Shreveport, LA; and Jay Spencer, RSC Equipment Rental, Houston.