Christine Wehrman, CEO and executive vice president of the American Rental Association (ARA), has announced her retirement after 15 years of service to the organisation. Ms Wehrman will continue in the position until her successor is named later in the year.

ARA president Terry Turner, who also owns All Occasions Party Rentals, said, “Chris has effectively led our association to excellence. The board is very proud of the vast achievements provided to members and the industry during her service.

“Chris led ARA through the years of business consolidation, the 9/11 attacks, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the economic recession along with many critical industry and association issues.

"Her astute association management and leadership skill, along with her ability to work so well with volunteer leaders and staff members have really made a difference for members and the industry. As a result, ARA is well positioned for the future.”

Mr Turner continues, “We appreciate all that Chris has accomplished as CEO. The accomplishments are many. She implemented an annual strategic planning process directed by the board of directors that continues to create opportunities and notable results for ARA members.

“ARA membership is now at a record high. ARA developed an entire industry research program with the ARA Rental Market Monitor and industry performance standards with ARA Rental Market Metrics, complimented with the ARA Rental Penetration Index.”

And Ms Wehrman added, “It has truly been a privilege to serve ARA’s general and associate membership in this position and work with such capable volunteer leaders and staff members throughout the association and industry.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am proud of what has been achieved by ARA during these dynamic years as a result of all of us working together. I foresee a great future for the association, membership and industry in years to come.

Mr Turner and Ms Wehrman added that ARA’s first priority remains preparing for The Rental Show 2016 and ARA’s 60th Anniversary celebration in Atlanta, February 21 to 24.

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