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CRA B.C. starts trade show season with a bang

cra_bc_magic_for_webJan. 22, 2010 – The Canadian Rental Association has officially kicked off its trade show season with the successful completion of the first trade show of 2010. The CRA B.C. Trade Show drew together attendees from all corners of British Columbia, with exhibitors coming from as far away as Texas.


January 22, 2010
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Sometimes there's more to see at a booth
than just the latest equipment. Steve
McDonald of Genie Industries entertained
the crowd at his booth with card tricks and
other feats of sleight of hand.
 

Jan. 22, 2010 – The Canadian Rental Association has officially kicked off its trade show season with the successful completion of the first trade show of 2010. The CRA B.C. Trade Show drew together attendees from all corners of British Columbia, with exhibitors coming from as far away as Texas.
 
"We had a great turn out this year," said Mandy Wellnitz, Executive Director of the CRA. "The show has really grown over the last few years, thanks to the efforts of our rental members, our supplier members, and our sponsors."
 
The CRA B.C. Trade Show took place January 15 – 16, 2010 at the  Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition in Surrey. The official association hotel was the Coast Hotel & Convention Centre in Langley.
 

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Felix Pasqua of MS Sales, Mandy Wellnitz,
Executive Director of CRA, and Dan
Garbett of MS Sales.
 

Taking in the sites on the show floor is one of the primary benefits of any trade show, but it's hardly the only one. The chance to reconnect with other rental professionals is vital. The CRA B.C. show provided plenty of opportunity for networking.
 

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Comedian Herb Dixon.
 

One of the best opportunities to meet and greet fellow rental pros was at the official CRA banquet on January 16. The banquet provided a casual and relaxed atmosphere in which participants could discuss the highlights of the last two days.
 
After dinner entertainment was provided by comedian Herb Dixon. Dixon's act went over well with the crowd, especially his ability to produce startlingly realistic sound effects to illustrate his jokes.
 
The after dinner events also included a cheque presentation on behalf of the British Columbia chapter of the CRA. A donation in the amount of $1124 was made to the Dorothy Wellnitz Scholarship Fund.
 

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Angie Venekamp and Andrew Paquette, CRA President, presented a cheque to the Dororthy Wellnitz Scholarship Fund on behalf of the CRA B.C. local chapter.
 

Saturday night was also an opportunity to acknowledge some of those who had gone above and beyond in the last year. Rentquip Canada took home Supplier of the Year, with Shawn Parks and Mike Faulkner accepting the award. The Rental Store of the Year award went to A&B Tool Rental. The award was accepted by Aldo Chies.
 

The recipient for B.C. Regional Person of the Year was chosen by Angie Venekamp, British Columbia Director for CRA. Venekamp presented the award to Jim Clipperton of Nor-Val Rentals in Armstrong, B.C. That wasn't the only award that Clipperton took that night. CRA Executive Director Mandy Wellnitz also selected Jim Clipperton as the National Rental Person of the Year.
 
The CRA would like to thank all the sponsors that helped to make the CRA B.C. show a success in 2010:
 
Platinum Sponsor – $1000.00 plus
 
CRA B.C. Local Chapter
 
Gold Sponsor – $750.00
 
HED Insurance and Risk Services
 
Silver Sponsors – $500.00

 
The Cat Rental Store
Mancorp Industrial Sales
Rental Network
EZE Rent it Center
Weber Machine
Norval Rentals
Rentquip Canada
Rogers Rentals, Tools Tents and Events
WesternOne Rentals and Sales
AE Sales/Haulotte/Biljax
 
Bronze Sponsors – $250.00
 
Pedersens Rentals
Wacker Neuson
Magnum Products
Revelstoke Equipment Rentals
Diamond Products
Cardinal Rentals
Hilti
Star Diamond Tools
Terracut Supply
MS Sales
Trinitec Distributors
Point of Rental Systems

Please visit www.crarental.org/events for more information regarding CRA events in your area.