American Rental Association names volunteer recognition award winners
The American Rental Association (ARA) annually recognizes outstanding volunteers for their service to the association. The following are the recipients of this year’s volunteer recognition awards, which will be presented during The Rental Show in New Orleans.
The Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, Special Service and Outstanding Leadership Awards will be presented during Lunch With ARA on Feb. 5, while the Regional Persons of the Year and President’s Image Awards are presented during the regional receptions on Feb. 6.
Distinguished Service Award
Next to the Rental Hall of Fame, this is the most prestigious award ARA presents. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership with long-term service to the association at the national, state and local levels.
Jeffery Wearing, president Ready Rent-All in Decatur, Ga., receives this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Wearing has been a mentor to many in the rental industry since he joined the American Rental Association in 1978. He’s been actively involved at the state and national levels.
He served on the ARA board of directors from 2000-2003 as Construction/Industrial Services Special Interest Group chairman and was very involved with Construction U workshops at The Rental Show. During his board service, Wearing was on the executive committee in 2002 and a member of the ARA Strategic Planning Committee. He also served on the ARA Foundation board in 2000 and as a member of the General Tool Special Interest Group in 1994-1995.
For many years Wearing served as ARA of Georgia president and on its board. His dedication kept the state association members involved through many years. He attended ARA Leadership Conferences and was a frequent participant at the National Legislative Caucus each year, plus he donates to and supports both ARAPAC and the ARA Foundation.
During the economic recession beginning in 2008, Wearing created a presentation called “How to Manage Through Tough Times” for an ARA of Georgia meeting. This provided valuable information to members and, subsequently, he was asked to present on this topic at state meetings for ARA of Alabama, ARA of Florida and ARA of Tennessee. He’s also been a speaker for several state association meetings and RenTechs.
Wearing continually reaches out to members to build business relationships and support, and is always available to help members when asked.
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