The Tent Show 2020
November 9 - 12, 2020
10:00 am
Tent Installation of Registration Tent
Tent Installation of (3) Exhibitor Tents
PLEASE NOTE: All other tents will be installed on Monday. No installs will take place on Tuesday.

8:00am  to 3:00 p.m. The remaining various tents will be installed.

Registration Opens in Registration Tent  (Fred's)
10:00 - 5:00pm
Forklift Certification
OSHA Compliant.  Pre-registration is required.  This course is a separate fee.
Obtain your Class 4 and Class 7 forklift certifications during this classroom and hands-on training seminar.  Learn various aspects of safety practices, hazard elimination or avoidance, stability, inspection, and much more. Presenter:  Tim Day, Sunbelt
7:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting  (Inside Hotel - )
7:45 pm
MATRA Monday Night (no ticket required;  More info to follow, sponsored Losberger DeBoer)
Registration Opens  (Fred's)  Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Silver Sponsors
The 2019 Tent Show Educational Seminars are all about you!  Our attendees are the perfect mix of installers, owners and managers.  With a maximum of two concurrent sessions, our education program is sculpted to give everyone a chance to perfect their craft or check out another side of our industry.
9:30am - 10:30 am
All About Anchoring:   Speaker Panel of Industry Professionals
A conversation on real world solutions to anchoring issues, from industry standards to unique installs and what your building & fire code officials expect.  Learn how the placement and connection to your tent impact the capacity of your anchor.   Moderator: Dan Hooks, Party Reflections (Eureka! Tent)
Round Table Talks:  4 Sessions during the Hour
the round table talks are back!  Visit this session for an express review on common topics of conversation at The Tent Show.  Small group discussions include vinyl repair, safety essentials, site survey tips and calculating electrical needs.  Learn, ask questions and make connections with peers and industry experts.
          Repairs - Mike Tharpe, Rainier
          Safety Package Essentials - Kevin Vasquez, Made in the Shade
          Site Survey Case Study/811 - Michael Fitzwater, Special Events Virginia
          Calculating Electrical Needs - Daryl Benz, Aggreko
(Aztec Tent)
10:45am - 11:45am
Getting it Done:  Case Study
Join us for a peer discussion on a sample project.  Sean McCarthy presents a project scope from a recent installation along with methods he used for improving efficiency and managing challenges along the way.  Presenter:  Sean McCarthy, McCarthy Tents & Events (Rainier Tent)
Bridging the Communication Gap Between Sales and Operations: Part I 
Your business relies on effective communication for a happy staff and customer.  The sales team and the operations team serve an equally important role in achieving this success.  In this session, industry panelists  discuss processes and methods they use to implement efficient inter department communication.   Panelists:  Samantha Dale, A to Z Party Rental; Steve Arendt, Teeco; Michael Viramontes, Expo Party Rentals.   Moderator:  Saroj Baines   (Eureka! Tent)
1:30pm - 2:30 pm
The Customer Experience:  Part II
Make them come back for more!  The customer and their experience has a direct connection to the success of a business.  Learn how to encourage an elevated customer experience focused culture in your rental operation.  Kyle McLaughlin addresses techniques for all departments that help improve, maintain and audit your service.  Speaker:  Kyle McLaughlin  (Eureka! Tent)
Problem Prevention
Stop fighting fires and start preventing them by developing systemic processes and key performance indicators.  Learn to properly design and implement processes that are repeatable, trackable and offer accountability.   Speaker:  Steve Haven  (Rainier Tent)
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Safety & Risk Management for Outdoor Events
The tent rental industry is faced with safety and risk management within our operation as well as in the live event environment.  In this session, Kyle McLaughlin reviews risk, planning, educating and insurance for the event industry.  Speaker:  Kyle McLaughlin (Eureka! Tent)
Website Wisdom 
Join us for a conversation on how to maintain a professional online presence by maximizing the efficacy of your company's most important asset:  your website.  Explore using SEO and social media presence to increase traffic and visibility.  Leah Sadowski of LMS Agency outlines an easy-to-follow strategy for tackling your business' website cost efficiently and effectively.    Speaker:  Leah Sadowski, LMS Agency (Rainier Tent)
4:00-5:00 pm
What's The Big Idea:  Beer & Business 
Close out your day with an idea exchange session and a beer!  Attendees can grab a beer and join guided discussions on issues facing the industry and your business. (TopTec)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vendor/Welcome Reception. Located at Rally Point Sport Grill. It's right up the hill from the Embassy Suites Hotel.Welcome Reception Ticket Required  MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE TO ATTEND
Registration Opens  (Fred's)   Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Silver Sponsors
8:00am - 10:00am
Exhibitor Set Up  (Losberger, Shelter, Anchor)
8:00am - 10:00am

Tour of the Tents (2 Groups)
11:45 am
Lunch - sponsored by Gold Sponsors
12:00pm- 2:00 pm
Exhibitor Set Up (Losberger, Shelter, Anchor)
MATRA Games (sign up at Registration - Fred's)
All Games take place simultaneously and will end promptly at 2:30pm, so don't wait to participate.  All participants must show their MATRA registration badge when signing up for a game.  NO Exceptions!!
(1st, 2nd & 3rd Places.  1st Place over 40 Overall.  1st Place Women's Overall. Men's Overall:  1st - Golden Sledgehammer, 2nd & 3rd Places)
1 person stake toss - sponsored by Eureka! Tents
1 person stake driving - sponsored by Pioneer Tool & Forge
1 person side pole toss - sponsored by TopTec Products, LLC
1 person tent lacing - sponsored by Cornerstone Event Products
2 person stake driving - sponsored by Aztec Tents
2 person tent folding - sponsored by Fred's Tents
1 person tent toss - sponsored by Anchor Industries
1 person table/chair - sponsored by Granite Industries
1 person sledgehammer throw - sponsored by PHP
2:30pm - 6:30pm
Exhibits Open  Food & Beverage from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.  (Losberger, Shelter, Anchor)
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Awards Dinner  (Ballroom Inside the Hotel)  Dinner Ticket Required
8:30am - 10:00am
Exhibits Open (Losberger, Shelter, Anchor)  Coffee service in all Exhibit tents.
10:00am - 11:00am
MATRA Breakfast with Prizes - Open to all attendees. (TopTec)
Striking of Displays & Tents.  Volunteers are needed to help take down the tents and secure the area.  Please help if you can.