SCHEDULE - all times are listed in EST

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

11 am—5 pm Registration Open
12:30—5 pm

Voted Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play in Georgia” 2020, The Club at Savannah Harbor offers unparalleled views of historic downtown Savannah while it gently winds its way through tidal wetlands. An 18-hole masterpiece created and designed by renowned architect Robert Cupp in conjunction with the legendary “Slammin’ Sammy Snead.

NO SHUTTLE, but Ubers are readily available.

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2—3:30 pm

Come enjoy a comedy show on wheels that roasts nearly 300 years of Savannah history. A witty, outrageous history lesson – this tour around Savannah will give you all the inside gossip on almost every important moment throughout Savannah’s deep, complex and intoxicated past and present. After the tour the group will be dropped off on historic River Street to peruse the shops or grab a drink by the water! River Street is also steps away from the conference hotel.

6—8 pm

Join us across the street from the host hotel at Moon River Brewing for the kick-off Welcome Reception! Food, drinks and spirits included – housed in one of the oldest, most historic and genuinely haunted buildings in Savannah, spirits may come in many forms. 

At the end of the reception, an optional ghost tour will start from the brewery, where we will first hear the haunted tales of the brew house followed by the group(s) visiting up to four additional local (haunted) bars and many other haunted & spooky Savannah sites.

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8—10 pm

A guide will introduce our group(s) to up to 4 local (haunted) bars and many other haunted and spooky Savannah sites amidst Savannah’s lush city squares and lively nightlife scene, all while sipping on a to-go drink, if you wish! The group(s) will hear tales of local spirit activity & dark historical details at a variety of locations while taking in the eerie beauty of Savannah after dark.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

8 am Registration Open
8—9 am Continental Breakfast
9:05—10:20 am

Dr. Melissa Furman, Owner/Consultant, Career Potential, LLC

Organizational leaders have been navigating challenges with recruiting and retaining an engaged, qualified workforce and the challenges continue to build. This interactive session will provide an overview of the workforce landscape and will provide strategies for recruiting, retaining and engaging talent to help your organization become an “employer of choice.”


10:30—11:30 am

Michael Tharpe, National Sales Manager, Rainier Industries
Nick Deninno, Founder, B&R Innovations, LLC
Vincent Y. Blouin, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University

Learn more about the “nuts and bolts” of these industry leading tools that provide ballast calculations for both engineered and non-engineered tents. ATA-TRD in association with Clemson University created these tools in the absence of a reliable solution for establishing the proper requirements for ballasting tents. With presentations by the professor who developed the science behind the tools as well as the industry professionals who helped shape the user friendly tools available to members today. You will learn about the development process as well as how to use the tools during a live demonstration, in this must attend session.

11:30 am—12 pm TRD Business Meeting
12—1:15 pm

Enjoy lunch while mingling, connecting and learning about new products with our conference sponsors! Sponsors can bring collateral to share with current and prospective contacts. 


Josh Kohn, CEO and Co-Founder, SOHO Tents and Events / CEO and Co-Founder, Decal Doodle
Darren Randle, Owner/President, Houston Tents & Events

Technology is creating efficiencies in every industry around the world. Join Darren and Josh as they discuss different technologies available to help your tent operation gain productivity, reduce risk, and improve work- life balance for your team.

2:45—5 pm

Back by popular demand! The TRD Experience will bring together random teams of 68 to venture throughout the historic district of Savannah on a competitive scavenger hunt. Groups will be tasked with challenges throughout, with the goal to be the first group to arrive at the final destination to claim the title “TRD Tent Masters.”

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6—8 pm Dinner
8:30—10 pm

Following the conference dinner on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the host hotel, head out for an evening happy hour with your Next Gen and OG (original gangster) tent friends. Each group will have time to network with their peers at a local bar (within walking distance). After an hour, the OG’s will come join the Next Gen crew at their local spot to intermix with the next generation of tenters!

Friday, January 13, 2023

8:30—9:30 am Breakfast
9:35—10:40 am

Brian Stumph, Sales Rep., Trainer & Installer, Fred’s Tents & Canopies
David Darby, Special Event and Tent Specialist, Rent-E-Quip
Warren Darby, Founder and Owner, Rent-E-Quip
Alex Kouzmanoff, CERP, President and CEO, Aztec Tents
Tarryn Prosper, VP of Sales–Tent Division, Peak Event Services

Tent Experts will reflect on the recent past, current and future critical and relevant industry topics such as:

  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Supply Chain
  • Labor
  • Customer Service
  • Product needs

There will be time during this session for the panelists to respond to your specific questions and comments as well!

10:45 am—12 pm

Alex Renaud, International Sales Manager & Part Owner, Fiesta Tents Ltd.; George Smith, President & CEO, Sunbelt Rentals; Kevin Zwierzchowski, Owner/Consultant, Z Rental Consulting; Mike Holland, President and Owner, Chattanooga Tent Company

Noon Closing Remarks
Noon Grab n Go Snacks