Education & Events Manager
TRD Virtual Summit
January 19 – 21, 2021
Experience the Tent Rental Industry in a new way.
It’s hard to sit in front of your computer all day while trying to run your business. To combat this fatigue and save your valuable time, TRD has planned a multi-day virtual event that offers dynamic education, product demos and networking for a few hours each day!
For your convenience we have broken down education into three main themes:
Day 1 – The Pandemic; How has the last 9 months effected the Tent Industry
Day 2 – Business; How is the Tent Industry adapting
Day 3 – In the Field; How is the Tent Industry preparing installers to get back to work
Based on your schedule, pick and choose what topics or themes relate to your business and your employee’s needs. The themed sessions provide the chance to be intentional with your time and choose which education is the most impactful.
This industry has been built around relationships, along with seeing new products and learning from old friends. We have missed being in-person this year and hope to connect with you all virtually through our networking activities that will close each day – there may even be a prize or two!
Schedule at a Glance - times listed are in EST
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
|11 - 11:10 am||Introduction & Welcome to the TRD Virtual Summit|
|11:10 am - 12:05 pm||
Panel Discussion - 2020: The Good, the Bad and the Future
Moderator: Joe Langehaug, Southeast Regional Sales, Losberger De Boer
Panelists: Nick Deninno, Owner, Block & Roll; Steven Eisenstein, President, Classic Tents & Events; Scott Woodruff, Owner, Tent OX
Join us for a discussion as four industry leaders take us through the business impact of the pandemic and how they adapted. They will share what they have done to stay afloat, lessons learned as well as what the future looks like moving forward.
We want this to be an interactive session, bring your questions for the panelists to share their advice!
|12:10 - 12:40 pm||
Thinking Ahead: Addressing Challenges of Long-Term Rentals
Zach Wilson, President, The Greenwich Tent Company
Over the past year, many rental companies have pivoted towards a greater number of long-term rentals, each of these presenting unique challenges. This session aims to identify some of those challenges and provide specific solutions to implement during the quoting, preparation, installation, and servicing process.
|12:40 - 1:30 pm||BREAK - eat lunch, answer phone calls & emails|
|1:30 - 2:10 pm||
Building Permitting and Enforcement Changes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Paul Armstrong, Principal, Paul Armstrong Code Consulting Services (PACCS)
COVID-19 is still causing changes in the way Building and Safety Departments and others are regulating and permitting awnings, tents and other membrane structures. We will try to address the seemingly ever-changing processes and regulations that impact IFAI members.
|2:15 - 2:45 pm||
Moderated Q&A with Brian Richardson
Brian Richardson, L&A Tent Rentals Inc.
The 2020 pandemic was something no one was expecting. Brian will lead a Q&A discussion about what people would have done differently if this were to happen again and what happens a year from now? What does the future look like.
|2:45 - 4 pm||
TRD 'Virtual' Experience - Team Building Activity
Grab a beverage, turn your camera on and have some fun competing against your tent colleagues during this happy hour event!
Keeping with our new TRD team building tradition, we’ve taken the classic scavenger hunt and tweaked it for a virtual experience! Work together as a team from your office, wherever that may be right now, and get to know your fellow TRD members in a fun and unique way.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
|11 - 11:05 am||Day 2 Welcome|
|11:05 - 11:30 am||
TRD Annual Business Meeting
Come hear what TRD has been up to this past year and what is on the horizon for the next year.
|11:30 am - 12:10 pm||
Are you ridin' or are you drivin'? Developing a Talent Acquisition Strategy in Times of Uncertainty
Rita Revels, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, President & CEO, Employers Network
Developing a strategic talent acquisition plan can position your business to continue to meet your customer needs. This session will give business owners and managers the tools to develop a strategic talent/staffing acquisition plan for the future.
|12:20 - 1:05 pm||
Moving Forward with Finances in 2021 - An Investor’s Perspective
Ben Anderson, Managing Partner, L2 Structures | American Pavilion
2020 was a challenging financial year for many in the tenting industry. Ben Anderson, the Managing General Partner of L2 Structures and American Pavilion, will give you his advice on navigating your company’s finances in 2021. He will review the various transactions and financings available in the industry from bankruptcy to obtaining loans to making acquisitions. He will also outline the 5 key initiatives you should take in 2021 to maximize the long-term value of your company.
|1:05 - 2 pm||BREAK - eat lunch, answer phone calls & emails|
|2 - 4 pm||
Roundtable Discussions & Open Networking
Participate in this engaging two hours, where there will be facilitated roundtable discussions, followed by open networking time where you can grab a virtual table and chat with old friends and make new ones.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
|11 - 11:05 am||Day 3 Welcome|
|11:05 - 11:35 am||
Tented Event Safety
Tommy Wilson, Director of Event Services
Tents are not storm shelters: learn how to have difficult conversations with your client about inclement weather and effective tent evacuation planning.
|11:35 am - 12:20 pm||
Add the WHY to the HOW in Your Training - Important Things Every Installer Should Know
Mike Holland, CERP, President & Owner, Chattanooga Tent Company
On the job training is usually conducted at a fast pace and on a “need to know basis.” For most people, it is better to understand why you do something rather than just how to do it. Discover how taking the time to explain ‘why’ will help develop a better team member and increase their overall development.
|12:20 - 1:15 pm||BREAK - eat lunch, answer phone calls & emails|
|1:15 - 2 pm||
The Right Flooring for You
Perry Armstrong, Owner/President, Rain or Shine Tents and Events
Description coming soon!
|2:10 - 3 pm||
Custom Tenting Solutions
Nick Deninno, Owner, Block & Roll
This presentation will cover tricks of the trade for custom tenting including full custom built tents, DIY customization and creative solutions with your standard inventory.
|3 - 4 pm||
Young Professional/Young at Heart Happy Hour
Come connect with young professionals and those who still feel young! After getting to know each other, find a group, test your tent knowledge and battle others to win a prize!