Christine Wehrman, executive vice president and CEO of the Moline, Ill.-based American Rental Association (ARA), has announced her retirement to the ARA Board of Directors after 15 years of service to the organization. Wehrman will continue in the position until her successor is named later this year.
Terry Turner, CERP, the owner of All Occasions Party Rentals in Knoxville, Tenn., and current ARA president, extended thanks to Wehrman on behalf of the ARA board for her dedicated service to the membership.
“Chris has effectively led our association to excellence. The board is very proud of the vast achievements provided to members and the industry during her service. Chris led ARA through the years of business consolidation, the 9/11 attacks, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the economic recession along with many critical industry and association issues,” Turner said.
“Her astute association management and leadership skill, along with her ability to work so well with volunteer leaders and staff members have really made a difference for members and the industry. As a result, ARA is well positioned for the future,” Turner said.
“It has truly been a privilege to serve ARA’s general and associate membership in this position and work with such capable volunteer leaders and staff members throughout the association and industry,” Wehrman said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am proud of what has been achieved by ARA during these dynamic years as a result of all of us working together. I foresee a great future for the association, membership and industry in years to come.”
Turner and Wehrman stated that ARA’s first priority remains preparing for The Rental Show 2016 and ARA’s 60th anniversary celebration in Atlanta, Feb. 21–24. Turner concluded: “Once we have completed The Rental Show, ARA will undertake our work to replace Chris as CEO. I know she will enjoy seeing everyone in Atlanta.”