International Leadership Program

By: Global Rental Alliance  05-Apr-2012

October 22, 2010

The travel just hasn't stopped! One day back from Chicago and Jim (BC President and CRA host) has me packed again for a BC Local & Trade Show meeting in Vancouver.

The BC Local meeting was held at a local supplier Mancorp. I was impressed that Mancorp gave up some of their office space to facilitate the meeting and then provided a steak dinner as host of the BC Local meeting. It was great to see approx 27 members in attendance and the CRA working in partnership with its suppliers. I was also impressed with the planning, sense of pride and the level of anticipation that surrounded the up and coming BC Trade Show to be held in March.

I leave for home (Brisbane, Australia) tomorrow evening and in true Jim (Nor-Val Rentals) style we are working right up until about 3 hours before my flight leaves setting up and taking down tents, tables and stages at two local community events. I wouldn't expect anything less and will do it gladly as I have developed a great respect for Jim and his wife Shelli (Nor-Val Event Rentals).

Five weeks away from my work and more so my wife and two children, took some serious consideration. Would it really be worth it? Without hesitation I can say that it has been worth it. Jim and I have been able to share our experiences and information about rental on a level that I have not been able to achieve with any other person at home. The environment to facilitate this was 100% created by the exchange program which allowed me to gain a fly on the wall perspective of all aspects of a professionally operated rental store.

Finally big thanks to the ARA Foundation for facilitating this program, for the foresight and funding of the Global Rental Alliance to see the benefit in such a program and to Jim and Shelli Clipperton of Nor-Val Rentals and Nor-Val Event Rentals for opening their businesses, their home and their pantry to me.

I highly recommend this program to anybody in an owner/manager position who wants to gain insight to their own business.

October 22, 2010

The travel just hasn't stopped! One day back from Chicago and Jim (BC President and CRA host) has me packed again for a BC Local & Trade Show meeting in Vancouver.

The BC Local meeting was held at a local supplier Mancorp. I was impressed that Mancorp gave up some of their office space to facilitate the meeting and then provided a steak dinner as host of the BC Local meeting. It was great to see approx 27 members in attendance and the CRA working in partnership with its suppliers. I was also impressed with the planning, sense of pride and the level of anticipation that surrounded the up and coming BC Trade Show to be held in March.

I leave for home (Brisbane, Australia) tomorrow evening and in true Jim (Nor-Val Rentals) style we are working right up until about 3 hours before my flight leaves setting up and taking down tents, tables and stages at two local community events. I wouldn't expect anything less and will do it gladly as I have developed a great respect for Jim and his wife Shelli (Nor-Val Event Rentals).

Five weeks away from my work and more so my wife and two children, took some serious consideration. Would it really be worth it? Without hesitation I can say that it has been worth it. Jim and I have been able to share our experiences and information about rental on a level that I have not been able to achieve with any other person at home. The environment to facilitate this was 100% created by the exchange program which allowed me to gain a fly on the wall perspective of all aspects of a professionally operated rental store.

Finally big thanks to the ARA Foundation for facilitating this program, for the foresight and funding of the Global Rental Alliance to see the benefit in such a program and to Jim and Shelli Clipperton of Nor-Val Rentals and Nor-Val Event Rentals for opening their businesses, their home and their pantry to me.

I highly recommend this program to anybody in an owner/manager position who wants to gain insight to their own business.


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Gordon also will attend the American Rental Association Leadership Conference in Chicago in mid-October to meet local, state and provincial leaders involved with ARA and the Canadian Rental Association, plus ARA’s board of directors.