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September 2013           


MATRA Conference Edition 2013 

In This Issue

President's Message

George Szondy
Abbey Tent & Party Rental


Welcome to the Fall season!  I trust everyone survived the spring rains and the summer's hot and steamy weather.  Hopefully you all had successful sales, rentals and events! We are just two months away from MATRA's Annual Conference and Tradeshow at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, Delaware.  The MATRA Board and their committees have been working hard creating yet another memorable Conference so I hope you are planning to attend.

Join me and other MATRA members November 4-7 by attending our "In It To Win It" Conference.  We will be... read the full article


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MATRA 2013 Annual Conference and Trade Show


"The Show for the Tent Professional" for 2013 is coming back to Dover, Delaware. November 4th to 7th, 2013. Hosted by the Dover Downs Hotel / Casino, this venue has been a continuous hit with all our attendees. Rooms start at $139 plus Resort Fee and Tax. Deadline for room reservations is Thursday, October 3rd. Call 866-473-7378, press 1, and use the code for our Conference, GMAT13 or just tell them, MATRA. You can also use our Direct Quick Link to reserve your room.  Use Group Code:  TRA 

Join us for great education sessions, tent installations, networking opportunities, the Dodge Ball Tournament and the MATRA Games.
Once again, Exhibitors will be featured under three large trade show tents.  Look for our weekly updates via email and Twitter. Early Registration Pricing ends on Monday, September 30th, so register now to avoid an increase in fees. Go to or to register online today! Click here to see educational sessions and timeline.

Registration continues to include:

  • Monday - Viewing of selected tent installs
  • Monday - Annual Meeting and Elections at 7:00pm
  • Monday Night Football (Food provided with a Cash Bar)
  • Tuesday - Viewing of select tent installs/Various Seminars
  • Continental Breakfast on Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Wednesday - Seminars, Grilled Luncheon, MATRA Games
  • Wednesday - Trade Show opens at 4:00 pm (Food/Beverage served)
  • Thursday - Trade Show opens at 8:30 am (Coffee service)
  • Thursday - Brunch at 10:00 am - Give-A-Ways
  • Thursday - 1:00  - NEW - Inaugural Auction - Open to All

Additional Conference Events:

  • Tuesday - Welcome Reception (ticket required; must be 21 years of age to attend)
  • Tuesday - MATRA Poker Tournament sponsored by American Turf & Carpet. Contact Shawn McKee at ATC to participate,
  • Wednesday - Awards Dinner featuring MATRA Games' Winners and the coveted Golden Sledgehammer Winner as well as the Volunteer of the Year Award and presentation of the 2013 Hall of Honor Award to Michael Tharpe, TopTec Products, LLC (ticket required)
  • Dodge Ball Tournament supporting the MATRA Scholarship - (entry fee required)

IFAI Presents "TRD Bootcamp"

We are again utilizing Monday afternoon for our popular IFAI Afternoon Seminar. These Training for the Tent Professional Sessions will include:  Challenges of a Crew Chief; Conflict Management-Code Officials; How to React to Emergency Situations; Site Survey; and Ten Ways to get Hurt. This 4 hour session will be on Monday from 1:30-5:30 and an additional fee is required. Presenters include Biff Gentsch, Anchor Industries, Inc.,; Jim Reyen, Eureka!, The Tent Co., Division of Johnson Outdoors, and Brian Richardson, L & A Tent Rentals, Inc.

Criminal Analyst, Dale Yeager:  Hiring with Forensic Technology

You might wonder how a criminal behavior analyst can help you, through forensic business skills, eliminate common management issues. Mr. Yeager, who has an extensive background as a criminal behavior analyst as well as a forensic profiler, has combined his expert knowledge and experience creating a session that will deliver:

  • Three interview questions that will legally provide a psychological profile on prospective employees
  • Three simple ways to protect a company from internal theft
  • How theft, absenteeism and aggression are related

This is one session you do not want to miss. Dale's session is Wednesday, November 6th from 9:00am -10:45am.



Dodge Ball Tournament at Conference to support the MATRA Scholarship Program


Gather your best group of six players and compete in our Dodge Ball Tournament! Or, you can create a team when you arrive at the Conference!  Proceeds will benefit the MATRA Scholarship Fund which has already awarded two outstanding students with scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Entry fee is $120 per Team of 6.  The elimination Tournament will take place on Wednesday, November 6 from 1:00 -4:00 pm. The FINAL FOUR teams will compete for winning title of "MATRA Dodge Ball Champions 2013" in the Entertainment Tent after the Awards Dinner.  A trophy will be awarded to the winning team. You can pre-register your team on line with your Conference Registration or register on site. Get "In It to Win It"!

If you can't participate in the Tournament but would still like to make a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, you can do that on the MATRA website. Last year, the Committee raised over $21,000.00 through the generous contributions from our membership. This year, the Committee has a goal of $15,000.00 which would create the ability to increase scholarship awards. Any contribution will help the Committee achieve their goal. MATRA appreciates your generosity!

MATRA Inaugural Auction

The MATRA Board of Directors has created a new member benefit, the Inaugural Auction, that will take place at the conclusion of the MATRA Conference on Thursday, November 7th at 1:00 p.m.  All items, which have been submitted by members, will be presented during this live auction.  Items include, but are not limited to:  folding chairs, tents, sidewalls, tent liners, inflatables, generators, chandeliers and stake pullers. All  items must go! Don't miss this great opportunity to add to your present inventory. Get "In It To Win It"!


Mid-Atlantic Tent Renters Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 9826
Wilmington, DE 19809
302-765-3945 ext 2   

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P.O. Box 9826
Wilmington, DE 19809
Phone:302.765.3945 Ext 2
Fax: 302-241-2177

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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.