Education & Events Manager
SCHEDULE - all times are listed in EST
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
|11 am—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.
Savannah Comedy Trolley Tour
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.
Welcome Reception at Moon River Brewing
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.
Haunted Pub Savannah Walking Tour (Optional)
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
Navigating the Future Landscape of Labor & Talent
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.”
Ballasting Tools—The Industry Standard
Michael Tharpe, National Sales Manager, Rainier Industries
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
Lunch with the Sponsors
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.
Trending Technology in the Tent Industry
Josh Kohn, CEO and Co-Founder, SOHO Tents and Events / CEO and Co-Founder, Decal Doodle
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.
TRD Experience - Team Building Activity!
Back by popular demand! The TRD Experience will bring together random teams of 6—8 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.”
Next Gen / OG Happy Hour(s)
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
Expert Panel Discussion on Critical Industry Topics
Tent Experts will reflect on the recent past, current and future critical and relevant industry topics such as:
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
Prepare Your Business: Company Transitions & Exit Strategies
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
|Grab n Go Snacks