New International Rental Exchanges Continue to Foster Leadership Development

Fri October 08, 2010 - National Edition

The latest participant in the international rental exchange program has traveled from Australia to Canada, beginning his time abroad learning and developing his leadership skills.

Matt Gordon of Centenary Hire, Darra, Queensland, Australia, will be learning more about Nor-Val Rentals in Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada, throughout the next month, as well as sharing business practices that he has learned. Gordon also will attend the American Rental Association (ARA) Leadership Conference in Chicago in mid-October to meet local, state and provincial leaders involved with ARA and the Canadian Rental Association (CRA), plus ARA’s board of directors.

The international exchange program is administered by the ARA Foundation for the Global Rental Alliance and provides young rental professionals the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. The participants are able to experience how the rental equipment business functions in countries and operations other than their own. Overall, the program encourages international travel and cultural and business sharing of information.

In mid-October, Brittany Haas of Crown Rental Co., Rosemount, Minn., will travel to Camden, New South Wales, Australia, to visit Camden Hire. Haas’s exchange will run through mid-November.

Both Gordon and Haas will provide blog updates on their experiences at

New international rental exchanges continue to foster leadership development

Since the international rental exchange program began in November 2008, three successful exchanges have been completed.

Associations involved in the Global Rental Alliance are: ARA, CRA, DLR (France), European Rental Association, Hire Association Europe, Hire Industry Association of New Zealand and Hire and Rental Industry Association (Australia).