2020 Reader’s Choice Awards: Products and services that go above and beyond

April 1, 2020

Many industry suppliers go more than the extra mile to help tent rental companies thrive—and the voters in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards have stories to tell about the products, services and suppliers that support them day after day, from the warehouse to the installation site.  by Pamela Mills-Senn The annual Reader’s Choice Awards, launched …

The next generation: Assuming leadership of a family tent rental business

Thinking about taking over your family’s tent rental business? Be prepared to learn every job, initiate delicate conversations, ask questions and respect the previous generation’s work. Oh, and don’t expect special treatment.  by Jeff Moravec Young people entering their family’s tent rental business as a career can look forward to a sense of satisfaction and …

How to increase your bottom line with job costing, part 2

Where does all the money go? Let’s examine two job costing methods. by Alexandre Renaud and Barbara Scull In part 1 of this two-part series on job costing, we reviewed accounting basics for tent rental companies, including a basic profit formula, fixed and variable costs, gross profit, contribution margin and break-even point. Understanding these concepts …

Book review: Sustaining a family business

Richard Seaman’s book offers a model for multigenerational success. by Rebecca Post An urgency runs through the pages of Richard Seaman’s book A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business. That urgency stems from Seaman’s understanding that few family businesses survive beyond a third generation. Seaman, the chairman and former CEO of Wooster, Ohio-based …

Stand-out tents for trendy tech

Full Circle Events helps clients make a splash at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.   by Darcy Maulsby  Want to see the future? From high-tech watches that can track your heart health to emotional-support robot puppies guided by artificial intelligence, the future was on display in Las Vegas, Nev., during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show …

Industry team building

There’s never been a Tent Conference like this before.  By Jill C. Lafferty I  have a theory that people drawn to the tent and event rental industry tend to be extroverts who enjoy working on teams that create awesome experiences for their customers. Viewed in that light, the 2020 Tent Conference at Westgate River Ranch …

The impact of 2018 and 2021 tent code revisions

As the 2018 I-codes gain adoption, tent professionals can help advance the code development process. Tent professionals can help shape fire and building codes at the local, state and national levels by building relationships with enforcement officials and professionals who represent related industry groups, according to Paul Armstrong, P.E., C.B.O.  Armstrong, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division …

Strong staging system

The StageTek® staging system is light, strong, easy to handle and fast to set up. With simple plug-in legs that make hundreds of configurations possible, the system offers maximum flexibility and a high load rating. The rounded edges offer a comfortable power grip (75% stronger than a pinch grip) that helps save backs, fingers and …

Superior clear vinyl for windows

Flexible clear vinyl window material PanoramaFR offers dimensional stability and distortion-free clarity from all angles and in all conditions. The fabric combines proprietary manufacturing procedures and specifically formulated materials to set an industry standard for clarity while receiving CSFM Title 19 certification of flame resistance. The pressing process provides a smooth surface that resists the …

Recyclable event carpet

Rewind is a latex-free carpet designed to help the trade show and special events industries go greener. While traditional carpet ends up in an incinerator or landfill because of its latex content, Rewind can be fully recycled and reused as a raw material for the injection molding of new products. The carpet is 100% polyolefin; …