Peachtree Chats – ERU Birmingham’s New General Manager, Shane Barnes
Posted on July 31 2017
~ PEACHTREE CHATS ~
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!