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  July 2015          

                     MATRA Summer 2015 

In This Issue

President's Message

Michael Fitzwater
Special Events Virginia

As we move towards the 2015 version of "The Tent Show", which falls during Veteran's week, I am reminded of the many people that have served our Country and am happy that we can honor them, as well as our MATRA members who have served, during our Conference this year.  We are pleased to recognize every branch of service and are honored to present our General Session speaker, Donovan Campbell, a former Marine Commander.  It is a session you won't want to miss as he related his full article

Used But Not Abused Resale Section

Check out our members looking to sell products here.

MATRA Logo Usage.

As the main identity of the Mid-Atlantic Tent Renters Association, Inc., we ask that all current/active members use the proper logo on all promotions and collateral materials advertising membership in MATRA. Click here for logo usage rules and regulations.


Executive Corner
Michael Tannen, CSEP,
Executive Director

As Our TentRentalNews eNewsletter comes out three times a year.  For this summer edition, while our members are in high bear booking, renting and selling products and services for the party rental industry, the MATRA office is preparing upcoming events and meetings to benefit our membership and industry.  We continue to look for ideas from our members on what they would like to see (sessions and products) at The Tent Show, what they would like to read about in our eNewsletters and what they would like to stay on top of when we send our email notices.  MATRA is not just about paying yearly membership dues and receiving nothing in return.  We strive to add value to your membership and we listen to your suggestions.

So here is what MATRA has been working on while you are working on your business.  Did you full article 

MATRA is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership with California Rental Association (CRA) for the 2016 CRA West Coast Rental Rally Trade Show scheduled for January 26-28,201 as the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, NV. MATRA will be responsible for presenting several of our highly acclaimed seminars on Tuesday, January 26th located in the Westgate Las Vegas.  We encourage our MATRA members to attend and/or exhibit. Click here for Registration and/or Exhibit information! We hope you take the opportunity to support our endeavor!


All MATRA Memberships expired on January 31st, 2015.
MATRA Membership Directories have been sent out! Some have been returned for incorrect addresses. REMINDER: If you have any changes  in your company information, especially an address change, please adjust that information as soon as possible on your profile page. Also, upload a current photo of yourself, or your logo, on your profile page. That's one way we can visually feature you as a member on the website!!!



MATRA Welcomes Two New Board Members

MATRA welcomes the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors. Keith Eismann, Keder Solutions, Oak Creek, WI and Rob Markert, R.A.Markert & Associates, Binghamton, NY, were elected to the Board at the Annual Meeting in November, 2014.

Keith has been in the industry for 27 years having started as a tent installer for Karl's Event Rental which, over time, then led him to become Vice President of the company.  His current company, Keder Solutions, enabled him to transition from installing tents to manufacturing components for the tenting industry.  Keith says, "Manufacturing requires a different mindset than my role as a Vice President".  Keith believes his new found success is attributable to building relationships, supplying the industry with quality and affordable products and his ability to do so in a short turnaround timeframe.  A significant improvement that Keith has observed over the last 27 years is full article

Rob has been in the industry for about 9 years as a sales representative for R.A. Markert & Associates.  He began his career as a tent installer for about five seasons during and after college graduation.  Joining R.A. Markert in 2006, he became the principal representative in 2010.  Rob believes that the changes in the economy since 2008 have been instrumental in how, when and what dealers are purchasing.  He says, "We feel successful anytime we can help our client make smart investments to grow their businesses and exceed their clients' expectations".  The improved focus on safe installations is a significant change that Rob has observed in the... read full article



MATRA 2015 Conference at Dover Downs!!

The Tent Show is returning to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware from November 9-12, 2015. MATRA has a contracted room rate at $139 plus tax/resort fee. You may call Reservations directly at 800-711-5882 and use Group Code:  GMAT15. Deadline to reserve your room is Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Registration is Open!! The MATRA Board and Committees have worked very hard to create another outstanding conference. Don't delay - Early Registration for both Attendees and Exhibitors ends Friday, October 2, 2015! Look for updated information regarding sessions and other special events on the MATRA website and email blasts.

General Session Speaker Announced!

The Tent Show will be held during Veteran's Week this year and MATRA is pleased to announce that Donovan Campbell, bestselling author, Marine platoon commander and corporate executive will be this year's General Session speaker.  Donovan Campbell is a decorated military officer and a young Fortune 500 executive whose lessons about leadership and teamwork came the hard way, through three combat deployments --two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  Donovan has over a decade of experience leading teams in some of the most demanding environments imaginable, both on and off the battlefield, and he is passionate about bringing focus on building individual character into the workplace. You will not want to miss this session!!


Calling All MATRA Member Veterans

If you have served in any branch of the Military, please send us a photo (up to 3) in uniform and/or on location. Send to the MATRA office:  Please be sure to include:  Your Name, Rank, Branch of Service and Where photo was taken.  We would appreciate receiving all photos on or before Friday, October 16, 2015 as all MATRA Member Veterans will be honored during Veterans Week at The Tent Show 2015. If you have any questions, please contact the MATRA office.


Spring Training 2015 Recap!

For those of you who may have missed our annual Spring Training event, here is a brief recap. Bob Costa and his team very graciously hosted over 60 of our members for a day of networking, education and inspiration on Tuesday, March 24th at their venue, B.C. Tent & Awning, in Avon, MA.

The day began with coffee, bagels and conversation as table top exhibitors set up and attendees arrived.  The first seminar was co-presented by full article


MATRA Scholarship Recipients for 2015-2016
George Szondy, Chair

As Chair of the Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce that MATRA has awarded two scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016 in the amount of $2,500.00 each to Mr. Kyle Richardson and Mr. Harrison Riddell.

The Scholarship Committee will be offering scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year and information will be available after January 1, 2016.  MATRA is dedicated to providing academic financial assistance to qualified members* as an additional benefit - please take advantage of these opportunities and submit applications.  In addition, we welcome any contributions to the Scholarship Fund so that this worthy member benefit can continue to be offered. Information regarding the Scholarship donation process is located on the MATRA website.

Kyle Richardson attends Pennsylvania College of Technology where he is a Horticulture Major with an emphasis on Landscape Design and is scheduled to graduate in May, 2016.  Kyle, in addition to working in the Lawn and Landscape business, is employed at L&A Tent Rentals.  He sees a direct correlation between his design education and his ability to apply those principles to tent decor and surroundings as well as a possible landscaping division within L&A Tent Rentals!  He loves all outdoor activities including baseball and hunting, is a member of the Horticulture Club as well as a volunteer with Toys 4 Tots.

Harrison attends the University of South Florida College of Engineering where he plans on graduating in the Spring of 2017.  His main course of study is Electrical Engineering which he hopes to apply in the area of industrial machinery/equipment that would benefit the tent rental industry.  He looks forward to applying his education to the improvement and efficiency of current industrial machinery such as tent washing machines.  Employed at Special Events of New England, Harrison provides assistance in installing, breaking down and cleaning the tents. He practices martial arts, researches new aspects of electrical engineering and enjoys playing and listening to music.  Harrison is a tutor for Calculus and Physics at USF as well as a member of the X Labs Club.


Thank You to our Advertising Sponsors

 Aggreko  AllState Tent
 American Turf & Carpet
 Anchor Industries
 Aztec Tents
 BeeHoppy, LLC.
 Celina Tent Inc.
 Choice Party Linens
 Construction Accessories, Inc.
 Economy Tent International
 Fiesta Tents Ltd
 Flagro, USA
 Flash Furniture
 Fred's Tents
 Granite Industries
 HeatStar by Enerco
 Herculite Products
 Isolation Systems, Inc.
 Keder Solutions
L.B. Breck Sales Group
 Lightweight Manufacturing/Eurokeder
 Losberger US, LLC
 Mainline Carpets
 Pioneer Tool & Forge Inc.
 R.A. Markert & Assoc.
 Rainier Maximizer Tent Systems
 Rhino Tools
 Signature Systems Group, LLC
 Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.
 Top Tec Products LLC
United Site Services

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P.O. Box 9826
Wilmington, DE 19809
302-765-3945 ext 2   

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The mission of MATRA is to uphold safe practices and promote the professionalism and integrity of the tent rental industry, through education, networking and leadership development.