Profiles
They come from all walks of life and all levels of education – young men and women who found themselves in the rental industry one way or another. Many were raised in it, but many others discovered something special when they joined a store, often not knowing anything about the business they were getting into.
Getting ‘em up and down, that’s what we do here,” says Victor Moffat, general manager of AGF Access’ central division. It’s a simple proposition, but the challenge of providing engineered access solutions is complex enough that AGF Access Group has grown across the country with its wide variety of solutions and deep well of expertise.
It’s been less than a year since Matt Brun left a career in the insulation business to open Shediac Rentals and Sales, but he already knows it was a good choice. “I just love my job,” he says. “I’ve been in attics doing insulation, and it can be the worst.
The growth of United Rentals’ specialty rental network in North America has been a prominent industry topic for more than a decade.
J im McCann Jr. proudly states his company’s motto: “Now You’re Torquing!” As he likes to tell it, torque has proven itself to be almost unmatched in one big nuts-and-bolts respect – as a practical means of achieving clamp load in a fastener.
Since 1956, A&B Party and Event Rentals in Vancouver has always been a family business. For the Sebal family, it started when Tom Sebal was a vice-president of Woodward’s stores in the 1980s.
With 40-plus years of rental service under his belt, Peter Lavigne can speak at length about longevity in business. “You have to enjoy helping people everyday, solving their problems, giving them the right tools,” says the 61-year-old co-owner.
If you have not yet met Hank McInnis, now’s your opportunity to get to know him.  Starting in February, McInnis will become the next president of the Canadian Rental Association, and take over a one-year term to represent your organization’s best interests.
Peter Darbishire, editor of Canadian Rental Service between 1984 and 2007, shared his memories of the early days of the magazine, the rental industry and the Canadian Rental Mart.
“We welcome all inquiries whether they have anything to do with us directly, or not,” explains Ken Malott, vice president of Kensal Rental Service Ltd. “If you help someone out, they remember you and that’s good for future business.”
“Call us, we’ve likely got it” is the motto of Atlantic Rentals Ltd. “And if we haven’t got it, we’ll get it,” says Sandy MacBeath, the Moncton store manager of three years.
There’s a common perception that trying to bring a new generation of entrepreneurs in the rental business is a tough gig. But the young president of the Quebec rental association, the ALQ, is setting out to do something about it.
What’s in a name? If you’re Hamilton Equipment Rental Centre, it means everything. Considered one of southwestern Ontario’s leading rental service centres, HERC Equipment Rentals (as it is legally known in this bustling “Steeltown” burg), is finding itself embroiled in a titanic clash against Hertz.
It’s hard-nosed military training and mission-focused tactics that John Abraham brings to his start-up rental operation. As a former platoon commander, he’s using his lead-from-the-front, the buck-stops-here mindset to establish a beachhead in Toronto’s fiercely competitive construction market.
On the NJS website, owner Nancy Snell describes her business as “a speciality linen and decor rental company where relationships, listening to, and fulfilling the needs and wants of the customer go hand-in-hand with quality fabrics, fashionable concepts and imaginative vision.”
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