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April 2018

Spring Training 2018 Recap

For those of you who were unable to attend, this year's "Spring" Training began on Monday evening where the MATRA Board hosted an informal social gathering with attendees at Brewer's Alley in downtown Frederick, MD.  A private space was set aside for our group and we had an opportunity to network, welcome members and non-members, and dine on some great sliders and craft beers.

Losberger De Boer served as our 2018 host and our sessions began at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome from MATRA President, George Smith, despite a heavy morning snowfall! Dan Hooks, Party Reflections and Liz Davis, PTG Events, then presented a session discussing the difference between frame tents and tent manufacturers...

Show us your best and we'll show you off.  Just snap, submit & celebrate - so simple!  Winning Photo will be featured on the front cover of the 2018 MATRA Membership Directory and MATRA Social Media, as well as a live recognition at The Tent Show 2018!

Entries will be accepted through May 15th, 2018.**  Winner revealed, June 2018. Please email to  a high resolutions JPG of a 2017 project with your company name, short description, any applicable photo credits and the subject line should read: "2018 Photo Contest".  Good Luck!!!!

**All MATRA members in good standing are welcome to submit a photo.  Entries must be of a photo of a 2017 project.  Photo approval from event rental company, client, or any recognizable models shown on the submitted media is required. MATRA retains the right to use any submitted media for their marketing purpose.  Winner will be chosen by a selected committee of industry professionals.


All MATRA memberships expired in January 2018.  We are working on our 2018 MATRA Membership Directory and you must be a current member to be included.  You can pay online through the MATRA website.  If you have any changes in your company information, please adjust on your profile page as soon as possible as your directory entry will be printed based on the information from that page!!!!  
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Welcome MATRA's Three New Board Members

Steve Campbell, L & A Tent Rentals, joins the Board with 14 years experience in the tent rental industry.   He began as a general laborer doing, as he states, "much of the grunt work which was mostly beating stakes out of the ground with another stake...".

Starting out on that labor level, Steve believes one of the challenges he currently experiences is finding good, quality laborers.  It is not the same today, he says, "as relying heavily on college friends for labor...

Billy Hill, Rainbow Party & Tent Rental, entered the tent rental industry right out of high school where he began with only one 20 x 20 pole tent.  he has now been in the business 26 years serving a wide area including Long Island, Suffolk, Nassau and Queens Counties, New York.

Billy also agrees that one of the biggest challenges he has faced during his tenure is "finding quality help."  While that also may be true in many...

Ian Sherwood, Tents Unlimited, has been in the industry since 2002, setting up his first tent after high school graduation for Tents Unlimited.  He spent a few years, after college, working with Vermont Tent Company. He then returned to Connecticut and Tents Unlimited which he and his wife now own.

Based on the experience he acquired through Vermont Tent, Ian was able to excel at Tents Unlimited through his ability to spend long, hot days.....


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Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA

November 5th-8th, 2018


The Tent Show 2018 will, once again, be hosted by the beautiful Hershey Lodge. Mark your calendars with these dates!! Join us for another great conference featuring education, networking, MATRA Games and, of course, tents!! More information coming soon.....


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