TRD Tent Expo
January 29-31, 2015
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Showcasing an unprecedented collection of tented structures in North America, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division 2015 Tent Expo was an outstanding success! Over 550 tent rental professionals gathered in Orlando amidst an impressive display of the industry’s latest products and services to network and exchange vital industry knowledge.
The show consisted of 58 booth exhibitors and 21 tent displays. Tent structures covered over 75,000 square feet of an outdoor lot at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. A two-story tent proved an exciting and innovative feature. Attendance was at a high this year at 565 attendees and 255 of those were full registrations. The golf tournament also enjoyed high attendance with 53 players and the TRD Boot Camp: Training for the Tent Professional drew over 100 participants. These were impressive numbers for the pre-conference day.
Sponsorships were in high demand this year and TRD very much appreciated sponsor support and partnership. TRD again thanks the following in their respective categories:
- Anchor Industries
- Aztec Tents
- Fiesta Tents
- Olympic Tent
Proud Partner Of
- Block & Roll
- Sur-Loc Flooring
- Infield Systems
- Event Tex
- Signature Systems Group
Education kicked off on Friday, January 30th and was dedicated to code advocacy. The Awards Luncheon took place Friday afternoon. Many people were honored. Both Tom Markel and Brian Richardson were given Outstanding Volunteer Awards for their amazing work on the Steering Committee as well as their dedication to the Tent Rental Division as a whole. TRD Award of Excellence winners were also announced during the luncheon. Friday wrapped up with the Opening Reception hosted by Anchor Industries.
Prior to the Opening Reception, the TRD Steering Committee invited all new members of Tent Rental Division to join them for a private New Member Reception. The reception allowed the Steering Committee personal time with new members to learn about their businesses and welcome them into the TRD community.
Saturday began with “Breakfast with the Vendors” and the “Tour of the Tents,” giving each company the opportunity to speak about their featured products. The day continued with exhibit hours, another education session and a demonstration hour. The show’s big finale is always the Party on the Pad, which this year was hosted by Eureka! It was an all-out football party spectacular with cheerleaders, inflatable football games, foosball--and the final showstopper: dueling pianos! The party had everyone playing, singing and enjoying a job well done at this year’s Tent Expo.
What is Tent Expo?
Trusted by the international community of tent rental professionals, IFAI’s Tent Expo is an engaging, reliable forum where forward-thinking professionals convene biannually. The Tent Expo provides networking opportunities, a comprehensive conference program, and exhibits of end products, equipment, components and services.
What Our Members Say
"...I was able to talk with every exhibitor and evaluate options for our team. As a result, we made some substantial purchases and important new connections..."
— Grand Prize Winner Fredricka Schaeffer, Glawe Tent and Awning
"The Tent Expo is the only venue in North America that brings manufacturers and tent renters together from such a wide international group … It is always a highlight of our year. As a manufacturer we are able to try new ideas, display new concepts and listen to the needs of the industry."
— Alex Kouzmanoff, Aztec Tents
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