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  Sept 2015          

                 MATRA Fall 2015 - Conference Edition

In This Issue

President's Message

Michael Fitzwater
Special Events Virginia

As Each November, MATRA hosts the largest, annual Tent Conference and Tradeshow in the United States.  That statement is pretty impressive considering that MATRA started out with a handful of guys meeting under a 20' x 20'. This year's Conference is destined to be our best yet!  For the first time, we are offering Fork Lift Training and Certification, on site, Monday afternoon.  We will have seminars about using Drones in your business and proper Staking Methods and more.   MATRA's Conference will continue to showcase the latest in tenting trends and products.

As we proudly proclaim, we are "The Association for the Tenting Professional".  In my opinion, there is no better place where you can come to gain experience and advice, take part in education, and become part of a community dedicated to excellence in tenting. Please make plans to attend this year's Conference - come celebrate Veteran's Week with MATRA!

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

Sharing with others has been taught to us as long as we can remember.  We were always told when growing up to share our toys with others while we play.  It seems now this message is growing in the way we do business.  Just look at the recent ways technology has assisted us in doing just this, sharing.  We now have programs like Uber, Zipcar, Lyft and Airbnb to allow us to share rides, bikes, homes and much more.  Whether this is fair for existing businesses or not isn't what I want to tackle at this point, but the thought that we are seeing more in "sharing" has to be acknowledged.

Of course, rental companies share their products when they rent them to the consumer, at a cost, of course.  Rental companies also share with other rental companies, again at a cost.  This is part of doing... read more

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 2015 Annual Conference at Dover Downs!!

"The Show for the Tent Professional"
2015 will be hosted, once again, by the beautiful Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Contracted room rate is $139, for a standard room, plus Resort Fee and Tax. Deadline for room reservations is Thursday, October 8, 2015.  Click on the link and proceed as follows: 1.  Click "Hotel Reservations" on left side of page; 2. Enter GMAT15 in Special Code Box; 3. Next screen - enter MATRA for password; 4. Proceed with dates and nights required, etc. OR You must call directly to Dover Downs Reservations at 800-711-5882. The group code for the MATRA Conference, when calling, is GMAT15.  Don't delay - rooms are filling up fast!

Registration Continues to include:

  • Sunday - Tent Installation of Registration Tent (Eureka!);
  • Monday - RETURNING for 2015 - All tent installs will take place on Monday.  No Tent installs will take place on Tuesday;
  • Monday - Annual Meeting and Elections at 7:00 p.m.;
  • Monday - Monday Night Football (Food provided with a Cash Bar);
  • Tuesday - RETURNING for 2015 - General Session and Seminars;
  • Continental Breakfast on Tuesday & Wednesday;
  • Wednesday - Seminars, Grilled Luncheon, Peddle Car Races and MATRA Games;
  • Wednesday - Trade Show opens at 3:00 p.m. (Food/Beverage served);
  • Thursday - Trade Show Opens at 8:30 a.m. (Coffee service);
  • Thursday - Brunch at 10:00 a.m. - Give-A-Ways.  Noon Breakdown.

Additional Conference Events:

  • Monday - Best Line Equipment:  Forklift Certification; (additional fee required);
  • Tuesday  - Welcome Reception (ticket required; must be 21 years of age to attend);
  • Wednesday -  Awards Dinner featuring MATRA Games' Winners and the coveted Golden Sledgehammer Winner, the Volunteer of the Year Award and the presentation of the 2015 Hall of Honor Award to Scott Woodruff, TentOx. 

  • Other Wednesday evening highlights include a tribute to our MATRA Member Veterans along with our  "MATRA USO" show during dinner featuring Delaware's own, Sean Reilly, "Seansinatra...Just Like Ol' Blue Eyes", the comedy of Scott Capri and Friends and semi-finalist, Season 7, America's Got Talent, Sand Artist, Joe Castillo.  You will not want to miss this fabulous showcase of talent!!! (ticket required);
  • NEW FOR 2015: Peddle Car Races supporting the MATRA Scholarship Fund (entry fee required);

Join us for great educational sessions, tent installations, networking opportunities, the Peddle Car Races 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 Friday, October 2, 2015 so REGISTER now to avoid an increase in fees.   Click here to see educational sessions and timeline. 


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's opening session will address specific topics including:  Humility, Excellence, Mission, Courage and The Servant Leader Model which address the deliberate pursuit of character as essential for modern day leadership and how specific virtues form the bedrock of character. He will also present a second session on Tuesday afternoon which explains further The Servant Leader Model and how its key components can be made actionable.  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.

 MATRA Scholarship Fundraiser

The MATRA Scholarship Committee has developed a NEW competitive activity for this year's Scholarship Fundraiser!! Peddle Car Races! Races will take place between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11th in conjunction with the MATRA Games.  You must be registered to participate.  Fees are:  $200 per Team/4 to a Team.  There will be double eliminations! Trophies for all team members in First and Second Place.  REGISTRATION IS ON SITE ONLY! Team sign-ups will be held during Registration Tent hours until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 11th only. Teams must be paid in full prior to participation. Look for more, detailed information to follow.  Proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund that provides academic scholarships to qualified MATRA members and their families. Get ready to race.....!


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

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

MATRA - The Association for the Tenting Professional

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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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Mission Statement

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.