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New Orleans Provides Colorful Backdrop to ARA Show

The American Rental Association's annual convention and trade show continues to be the rental industry's prime meeting point where people come together, exchange ideas, attend educational sessions and become familiar with new equipment. Each year the waiting list of manufacturers eager to participate grows longer, and the 2002 show in New Orleans — the ARA's 46th — is no exception.

The show begins with Events and Tents 2002: Unmask Your Potential Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17. Construction University is Sunday, Feb. 17.

Mark Victor Hansen better known as the “Chicken Soup for the Soul guy” speaks at the opening general session Monday, Feb. 18. He and his business partner, Jack Canfield, created what Time magazine calls “the publishing phenomenon of the decade” with more than 60 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold in North America alone. He will show audience members how to recognize and awaken to the possibility, how to seize the opportunity and then how to specifically and instantly act so that those present aren't just walking away from a really great speech, but are instead exiting with a step-by-step simple plan that will undoubtedly shift one's life. He's been named one of the “Top 10 Greatest Motivational Speakers.”

The annual banquet is Wednesday, Feb. 20 and features entertainment from singer Charmaine Neville.

Seminars

Track One: Achieving New Directions in Management and Leadership

Tuesday, Feb. 19
8 to 9 a.m.

“What Gets Measured Gets Managed-Part I”

8 to 9:45 a.m.
“Understanding Directions in Rental Worldwide”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
“What Gets Measured Gets Managed-Part II”

Wednesday, Feb. 20
8 to 9 a.m.

“Successful Management and Leadership Perspectives”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
“How to Improve Rental Operations Locally While Competing With the Chains”

Track Two: New Directions and All That Jazz: Best Practices in Rental

Tuesday, Feb. 19
8 to 9 a.m.

“How to Determine the Best Location for Your Rental Operation and Purchase Fixed Assets”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
“Store Design and Site Layout for Success”

Wednesday, Feb. 20
8 to 9 a.m.

“Marketing and All That Jazz: Real Success in the Rental Field”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
“Secret Techniques to Your Lowest Premiums: Assessing Your Risk”

Track Three: New Directions for Professional and Career Development

Tuesday, Feb. 19
8 to 9 a.m.

“Investing in Employees, Investing in Company Success”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
“How to Become a Fire-Eating Competition-Squashing World-Class Sales Professional Overnight!”

Wednesday, Feb. 20
8 to 9 a.m.

“Networking Savvy”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
“Professional Training to Make You a Better Employee”

Track Four: New Directions for Success Using Technology in Rental

Tuesday, Feb. 19
8 to 9 a.m.

“Using Technology to Its Fullest Potential in Rental”

Wednesday, Feb. 20
8 to 9:45 a.m.

“Using the Internet for Research and Turning Greater Profits”

ARA Convention Schedule

All events are at the New Orleans Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Feb. 15
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibitor Registration Open

Saturday, Feb. 16
7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Events & Tents Workshops*

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration Open

Sunday, Feb. 17
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Open

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Construction University*

8 a.m.
ARA Insurance Services Golf Tournament
Oak Harbor Golf Club
(departs from Convention Center at 6:30 a.m.)

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plantation Tour*
(Tour leaves from Convention Center)

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Events & Tents Workshops*

4 to 5 p.m.
First-Timers Orientation

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Events & Tents Closing Reception*
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Monday, Feb. 18
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Open

8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Opening General Session

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibits Open

Evening Regional Receptions

5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
RAC/Region 10 Annual General Meeting & Awards Banquet
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Tuesday, Feb. 19
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Open

8 to 9 a.m.
Seminars

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Seminars

9 to 10:30 a.m.
Rental Executive Advisor Program

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Annual Meeting

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibits Open

5 to 8 p.m.
Next Generation Reception*
Location to be determined
(For ARA Next Generation members only)

Wednesday, Feb. 20
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Open

8 to 9 a.m.
Seminars

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Seminars

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibits Open

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cash Bar Reception
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

7:30 p.m. to midnight
Annual Banquet
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Thursday, Feb. 21
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration Open

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Exhibits Open

*advance registration required


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