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Join us in welcoming Event Rentals Unlimited – Birmingham , a Peachtree Tents & Events Company’s new General Manager SHANE BARNES.
Shane joins our Birmingham team appointed to lead strategic growth and look after day to day operations. With a career spanning 13 years in the tent and event rentals industry, Shane was most recently in a senior accounts role at Tents Unlimited. We’re excited that Shane brings to his new role fresh enthusiasm and an expert vision of how rentals (from chair to tent) fit into the big picture of celebrating. If you haven’t had the opportunity of meeting or working with Shane yet you’re in for a treat!
We took the opportunity recently to connect with Shane for a quick chat. Enjoy learning a few fun facts about him in our Peachtree Chats interview below!
PT&E: Thanks for chatting with us today Shane! Welcome to Birmingham, Alabama (by way of Marietta, Georgia). Has Georgia always been your home?
SHANE: No, I was born in Waco TX. I lived there until I was 16 when I moved to Georgia.
PT&E: We understand you relocated your family to Birmingham for this new role within the company. Tell us a little about your family.
SHANE: We’re a family that loves sports – my son plays baseball, my daughter enjoys cheerleading and gymnastics. We’re just your average American family.
PT&E: Before Tents Unlimited and coming to ERU Birmingham did you have another career?
SHANE: I did. I went to college at LaGrange College in Georgia. Once out of school I did wildlife and animal control for TruTech. In fact, that’s how I got hired at Tents Unlimited. I was doing pest control for Dan Nolan who was a client…he eventually offered me a job. At Tents Unlimited I started in the field installing tents where I worked 3 ½ years before I went into sales. Ten years in sales and now I’m honored to be the General Manager at ERU in Birmingham.
PT&E: When and how did you know that working in the tents and events industry was what you wanted to do?
SHANE: I had no idea what I was getting into. Early on there were many days where I asked myself why I just couldn’t quit. Lucky for me quitting is not in my nature. I had a lot of mentoring and support along the way from Dan Nolan, Arnie Seyden, and Sam Wodetzki to get to where I am today.
PT&E: What would you say you like best so far about your relocation to Birmingham?
SHANE: This is an easy one, the food! Also the people in Birmingham are very nice and the town is full of life.
PT&E: What are a couple things people would be surprised to learn about you?
SHANE: Well this is one I am not proud of. I have a Florida Gator tattoo on my back and I am NOT a Gator fan at ALL. I lost a bet in college, go figure.
PT&E: When not working what are some of your favorite places to travel and to enjoy down time?
SHANE: I love any beach in the summer and any mountain in the winter. My favorite quiet spot is home.
PT&E: When you have time off what do you enjoy doing the most?
SHANE: Coaching baseball, going to the lake, and just spending time with my family.
PT&E: We’ve heard that you have a pig as a pet…tell us about that!
SHANE: Emma Sue is awesome!!! She is the best pet I have ever owned. Truly a part of the family with her own personality. She’s about 45 pounds and thinks she is a lap dog. But I can’t forget my two dogs, big shout out to Huddy and Sassy.
PT&E: Thanks for the quick chat Shane! Again, welcome to the team – we’re super happy to have you on the leadership team creating great experiences for employees and clients alike!
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We recently brought three new team members on to the Peachtree Tents Atlanta team. To learn and share a little more about them we took the opportunity to connect for a quick chat. We’re looking forward to our clients getting to work with these three impressive event professionals. In the meantime, enjoy learning a little more about them in their interviews below!
We’re thrilled to have MITTIE FOX join our team as an Account Executive. A graduate of Meredith College, Mittie is not only experienced and passionate about events, but we learned in chatting that she was a Biology major in college! Born and raised in Burlington, NC. – Mittie comes from a large family of five siblings. Enjoy getting to know a little more about her!
PT&E: Mittie, have you always been in the events industry?
MITTIE: I have always worked in the hospitality industry. I worked in restaurants in college. After college I attended culinary school and then after graduating I worked in the catering industry.
PT&E: When and how did you know that helping to host parties and events was your calling?
MITTIE: I always enjoyed the catering biz. I enjoy helping people organize celebrations. From weddings, graduations and fundraisers, it is exciting to be a part of orchestrating a successful event.
PT&E: So far, what do you like best about working at PT&E?
MITTIE: The staff at Peachtree are simply the kindest people I have had the pleasure of working with in the event industry. There is a real sense of family among the team. The entire team takes care to provide the best service to our clients.
PT&E: Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
MITTIE: I love to paddle board, cook, hike and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy trips to the Gulf with family and friends – my family and I love to be outdoors. We love traveling to the mountains and experiencing the many wonderful hikes in north GA and the Carolinas!
JESSICA HERON has joined our team as an Account Executive and we couldn’t be more excited! A Clemson University graduate, Jessica holds a BS (Marketing) and BA (Communication Studies). We love Jessica’s enthusiasm for working at PT&E, in her words ‘ I LOVE working at PT&E – going to work is going to work with friends, and that is such a gift!’ Enjoy getting to know a little more about Jessica!
PT&E: Where did you grow up?
JESSICA: I grew up in South Carolina – love the coast and Charleston, love some good Southern Hospitality + fried okra. However, since moving to Atlanta I have loved being immersed in the culture of Atlanta – the arts, all the outdoor activities – especially Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market and out on the Atlanta Beltline.
PT&E: When and how did you know that helping to host parties and events was your calling?
JESSICA: I believe to entertain is to serve others in a deeply personal way. Entertaining makes others feel invited, valued, and worthy of thought, time and attention. Entertaining is such a beautiful art form in the ways it brings people together and creates intentional relationships. In college, I began hosting celebrations for friends, and love inviting people into my home for all occasions, big and small. Being a generous hostess, and welcoming people with love is very important to me.
PT&E: What would you say are some things that people would be surprised to learn about you?
JESSICA: I serve in Passion Kids at Passion City Church and LOVE my lil girlies and their precious hearts! I’ve always loved to paint and draw, and am currently dabbling in some calligraphy. My guilty pleasures are retail therapy + researching fashion trends in magazines and online. I have a flower obsession and love learning about them – I always keep fresh flowers in my house as a pick-me-up and reminder of nature’s unique beauty. I love music and am learning to play the guitar.
PT&E: What do you love doing when you have time off?
JESSICA: I go outside any chance I get! I love being out in the sun, long walks, or posting up at a rooftop restaurant. I also love concerts and social gatherings with friends. I particularly love going to Charleston to visit friends, and being out on the water – you can’t beat fresh seafood!
We’re thrilled to have ASHLEY TUCKER join our team as an Account Executive! A rare native Atlantan, Ashley was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Buckhead, Atlanta. While a die hard University of Georgia fan, she went to Auburn her freshman year, but then became a proud graduate of UGA. Before joining our team Ashley worked with Czarnowski in the tradeshow and exhibits business. Enjoy getting to know a little more about her!
PT&E: When and how did you know that a career in the events industry was what you wanted to do?
ASHLEY: I was involved with TEDxUGA starting my second semester sophomore year of college and until I graduated. That experience without a doubt was the first time I realized I wanted to be involved in events. I grew to be a promotions director with them and loved the group of people I worked with, and the chaos that led up to the big event. Seeing the event come together and knowing the hard work we all put in behind the scenes to make it possible, that’s when I realized the event industry was the one for me!
PT&E: In the short time you’ve been with us, what would you say you like best about working at PT&E?
ASHLEY: Without a doubt, the people and culture. Within my first 3 weeks I have felt more comfortable than I ever have with a company. I feel like I really am one of the team and not just the new girl. They value the people and the quality of life at PT&E and I am so blessed to have a workplace that does and that promotes the same values that I also have.
PT&E: What are some of your favorite places to travel?
ASHLEY: I love Colorado. Summer and winter time and studying abroad there was amazing! London was like a cleaner, more spread-out version of NYC, which I also love. I also love going to my beach house in Seaside, FL.
PT&E: When you have free time, what are the activities you like to do most?
ASHLEY: It it’s a pretty day, I love frolicking around the Atlanta Beltline and exploring Atlanta, Inman Park etc. I also like to workout and spend time with friends and my boyfriend.
Peachtree Tents & Events poised to create even more great experiences with the acquisition of Tents Unlimited, Event Flooring Solutions, and Event Rentals Unlimited
I am very excited to announce the acquisition of Event Rentals Unlimited, Tents Unlimited and Event Flooring Solutions by Peachtree Tents and Events, LLC on Friday, February 17, 2017. (See official press release below.) My business partner and our CEO, Joe Freedman, and I both believe that this acquisition and subsequent partnership with Dan Nolan, Sam Wodetzki, Arnie Seyden and their team will allow Peachtree Tents and Events the ability to improve on an already high level of customer service. The blending of the organizations will significantly increase our quantity and broaden our inventory enabling the organization to better serve our clients and their events.
For now it is business as usual. Arnie, Sam and Mike are not going anywhere and their addition to our team will only enhance our ability to execute at a high level for our clients and partners. There will be changes as we move forward but those changes will be thoughtful and intentional and always with the focus being on the customer service that you have come to love and expect from Peachtree Tents and Events and Music City Tents and Events. We will be thoughtful and transparent in communicating strategy in a timely fashion relative to the integration of the two organizations.
We are really looking forward to the opportunity to expand our core values throughout our larger team. Our business and long-lasting client relationships, have been built primarily by our belief in treating everyone we interact with respectfully and kindly. We would not be where we are today without those core values firmly in place. Thank you to all our clients, friends and family for the first 10 years of Creating Great Experiences!
Warmest Regards, Jeff
PEACHTREE TENTS & EVENTS ACQUIRES THREE COMPANIES
TENTS UNLIMITED, EVENT FLOORING SOLUTIONS AND EVENT RENTALS UNLIMITED
Peachtree Tents & Events, LLC, d/b/a (“Peachtree”) in Atlanta and (“Music City”) in Nashville, a leading event rental service company, together with its capital and mezzanine partners, Gemini Investors (“Gemini”) and Resolute Capital Partners (“Resolute”), announced today the acquisition of three companies: Tents Unlimited (“TU”), Event Flooring Solutions (“EFS”), and Event Rentals Unlimited ‐ Atlanta and Birmingham (“ERU”). The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to join forces and expand our brand throughout the Southeast,” said Joe Freedman, CEO of Peachtree. “The institutional knowledge of owners’ Dan Nolan, Sam Wodetzki and Arnie Seyden is a great addition to our executive management team at Peachtree.”
“We share common values and will continue to operate with the same commitment to clients and staff that we have always had,” said Dan Nolan, III. “By joining Peachtree, the partnership will expand our event rental family and give our team members meaningful opportunities for professional and personal growth.”
“This partnership expands our service offerings into Birmingham and gives us a platform to execute large tent and flooring jobs throughout the United States,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Terry. “With more than 1 million square feet of tents and 250,000 square feet of flooring, we can execute any size job.”
Peachtree founders Joe Freedman and Jeff Terry, along with Mark Pasterik of Glenwood Enterprises and Enterprise Bank, joined Gemini Investors and Resolute Capital Partners in completing the investment.
ABOUT PEACHTREE TENTS & EVENTS:
Peachtree is a leading event rental service company and a five‐time recipient on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States. With over 1 million square feet of tents and more than 250,000 square feet of flooring, Peachtree serves clients throughout the Southeast and across the nation.
For more information visit: www.peachtreetents.com, www.musiccitytents.com, www.tentsunlimited.com, www.erultd.com.