It has been nearly two years since Peachtree Tents & Events merged with Tents Unlimited, Music City Tents & Events, Event Rentals Unlimited, and EventWorks Rentals, making us part of the largest event rental company in the Southeast. We now proudly serve the entire Southeastern Region with locations in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Nashville. This merger has allowed us to create more value for our clients, build greater depth in reach and operational experience, provide larger product offerings, and house the resources to undertake larger-than-life events. This step has helped our company move closer to achieving our ultimate goal: never having to say no.
This past May, we held a company-wide meeting in Atlanta to discuss wins from the past year and set goals for the coming year. In reflecting on the past twelve months, we realized just how much we have accomplished in a short amount of time. We have been able to add one-of-a-kind rental pieces to inventories at all of our locations by utilizing resources available at our design/build centers and by taking a standardized approach to purchasing. We have built deeper product lines that we now share across the Southeast Region. We opened a new EventWorks location in Jacksonville and moved our Savannah office to a bigger facility. We also proudly participated in executing high-caliber events, including the NFL Draft, Superbowl LIII, Music Midtown, and Lifetime TV’s Live Wedding Series.
As we look forward to this next year, we hope to move closer to our goal of never turning down an opportunity. Our depth in our two most important resources, professional people and quality of product, allows us to adjust to busy seasons so that we can continue to execute high levels of service. Our clients’ needs are wide-ranging and so are the sizes of their events. We enjoy loading an SUV for a small customer pickup order as much as building a tent with custom level flooring on a hill. We don’t want any event to be too big, too challenging, too large of scale, or impossible for us to take on. These types of events are typically served by multiple companies to fulfill a portion of one job, which can make things complicated. By building strength in our inventory, resources, and operational knowledge and skillsets, we can bring stability and consistency to the process of executing these types of events in each of our markets. Our local communities will ultimately benefit from the success of these large events and we are incredibly passionate about supporting this growth on a local level.
While we have grown to service large festivities, we remain committed to serving any occasion, no matter the size. To maintain this commitment, we have kept all decision making at a local level, allowing us to be flexible with purchasing and meet the needs of each specific market. Our merger has added resources for growth, stability, consistency and enhanced our capabilities, but our philosophy will always be based on a local presence with a regional reach. We created this large organization to build greater value for our clients through selection, depth, and experience. We are excited about the future. We love our communities and loyal clients and will continue building strong relationships at a local level.
We have set the bar high for the upcoming year. We will continue to build trust with our clients and support a better understanding of who we are as a collective group of local companies, by growing our resources and improving our company websites. We are extremely grateful for all of our clients and your support throughout this journey. We look forward to the next year with you and all that we will accomplish together.
The Peachtree Tents & Events, EventWorks, Music City Tents, Tents Unlimited & Event Rentals Unlimited Family
Janet Jones Kendall, Contributing Writer
Published on the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April, 2019
If Peachtree Tents & Events continues along the line of success it is currently seeing, there may one day be as many of the full-service event rental companies in existence as there are streets in Atlanta with Peachtree in the name.
Founded in Atlanta in 2006 by Jeff Terry and Joe Freedman, Peachtree Tents & Events now has locations in Nashville, Birmingham, Charleston, Savannah and Myrtle Beach. The company offers event equipment rentals including tents, tables, chairs and catering equipment.
The company is the No. 1 fastest-growing company in the restaurant/retail/hospitality category and the 2019 Pacesetters Award winner for the 7th overall company with the fastest growth.
All of the Peachtree Tents & Events locations are built on written core values: “have heart” (cultivate meaningful relationships); “give thanks” (express gratitude and demonstrate humility); and “take pride” (pursue excellence in service and self), explained Ginnie Temple, director of client relations.
“We are goal- and results-focused when it comes to employees embracing our core values, both in the workplace, and in their personal lives,” she said. “Company culture is at the center of Peachtree Tents & Events’ growth and success. The relationships we have with our employees are just as important as the relationships we have with our clients.”
The company is “proud to call Atlanta home, and have provided event equipment for some of the most prominent events in the Southeast,” Terry said. “Atlanta is an international hub with a thriving convention and events industry. These factors have allowed us to be at the top of our game, creating great experiences in Atlanta and beyond.”
While branching out to other cities in the Southeast has been a positive for the company, operating multiple locations also has challenges. The main one, Terry said, is ensuring each branch adheres to the company’s philosophies.
“Some of our biggest challenges have come with making sure that each new location is on-boarded and understands the company culture and our core values,” he said, adding that the company holds quarterly meetings at each location and brings its leaders from all the locations together for team bonding. “This is helping key employees build relationships amongst themselves so that carrying the company culture forward is seamless,” he said.
Peachtree Tents & Events is proud to announce the acquisition of EventWorks LLC. Expanding our footprint in the Southeast, EventWorks has offices in Charleston, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah, GA.
“We are pleased to join forces and further expand our reach in the Southeast, now with facilities along the Georgia and Carolina coasts,” Peachtree’s CEO Joe Freedman shares. “Mike Schmidt and Jeff Shavelson have built a great company and they will be a welcomed addition to the Peachtree executive management team.”
Peachtree Tents & Events founders Joe Freedman and Jeff Terry, along with Mark Pasterik of Glenwood Enterprises and Enterprise Bank, joined Gemini Investors and Resolute Capital Partners in completing this purchase. We look forward to the the opportunity of expanding our core values throughout this larger team. Our business and long-lasting client relationships, have been built primarily by our belief in treating everyone we interact with respectfully and kindly. We would not be where we are today without those core values firmly in place. Thank you to all our clients, friends and family for the first 10 years of Creating Great Experiences!
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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!
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We recently brought three new team members on to the Peachtree Tents Atlanta team. To learn and share a little more about them we took the opportunity to connect for a quick chat. We’re looking forward to our clients getting to work with these three impressive event professionals. In the meantime, enjoy learning a little more about them in their interviews below!
We’re thrilled to have MITTIE FOX join our team as an Account Executive. A graduate of Meredith College, Mittie is not only experienced and passionate about events, but we learned in chatting that she was a Biology major in college! Born and raised in Burlington, NC. – Mittie comes from a large family of five siblings. Enjoy getting to know a little more about her!
PT&E: Mittie, have you always been in the events industry?
MITTIE: I have always worked in the hospitality industry. I worked in restaurants in college. After college I attended culinary school and then after graduating I worked in the catering industry.
PT&E: When and how did you know that helping to host parties and events was your calling?
MITTIE: I always enjoyed the catering biz. I enjoy helping people organize celebrations. From weddings, graduations and fundraisers, it is exciting to be a part of orchestrating a successful event.
PT&E: So far, what do you like best about working at PT&E?
MITTIE: The staff at Peachtree are simply the kindest people I have had the pleasure of working with in the event industry. There is a real sense of family among the team. The entire team takes care to provide the best service to our clients.
PT&E: Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
MITTIE: I love to paddle board, cook, hike and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy trips to the Gulf with family and friends – my family and I love to be outdoors. We love traveling to the mountains and experiencing the many wonderful hikes in north GA and the Carolinas!
JESSICA HERON has joined our team as an Account Executive and we couldn’t be more excited! A Clemson University graduate, Jessica holds a BS (Marketing) and BA (Communication Studies). We love Jessica’s enthusiasm for working at PT&E, in her words ‘ I LOVE working at PT&E – going to work is going to work with friends, and that is such a gift!’ Enjoy getting to know a little more about Jessica!
PT&E: Where did you grow up?
JESSICA: I grew up in South Carolina – love the coast and Charleston, love some good Southern Hospitality + fried okra. However, since moving to Atlanta I have loved being immersed in the culture of Atlanta – the arts, all the outdoor activities – especially Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market and out on the Atlanta Beltline.
PT&E: When and how did you know that helping to host parties and events was your calling?
JESSICA: I believe to entertain is to serve others in a deeply personal way. Entertaining makes others feel invited, valued, and worthy of thought, time and attention. Entertaining is such a beautiful art form in the ways it brings people together and creates intentional relationships. In college, I began hosting celebrations for friends, and love inviting people into my home for all occasions, big and small. Being a generous hostess, and welcoming people with love is very important to me.
PT&E: What would you say are some things that people would be surprised to learn about you?
JESSICA: I serve in Passion Kids at Passion City Church and LOVE my lil girlies and their precious hearts! I’ve always loved to paint and draw, and am currently dabbling in some calligraphy. My guilty pleasures are retail therapy + researching fashion trends in magazines and online. I have a flower obsession and love learning about them – I always keep fresh flowers in my house as a pick-me-up and reminder of nature’s unique beauty. I love music and am learning to play the guitar.
PT&E: What do you love doing when you have time off?
JESSICA: I go outside any chance I get! I love being out in the sun, long walks, or posting up at a rooftop restaurant. I also love concerts and social gatherings with friends. I particularly love going to Charleston to visit friends, and being out on the water – you can’t beat fresh seafood!
We’re thrilled to have ASHLEY TUCKER join our team as an Account Executive! A rare native Atlantan, Ashley was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Buckhead, Atlanta. While a die hard University of Georgia fan, she went to Auburn her freshman year, but then became a proud graduate of UGA. Before joining our team Ashley worked with Czarnowski in the tradeshow and exhibits business. Enjoy getting to know a little more about her!
PT&E: When and how did you know that a career in the events industry was what you wanted to do?
ASHLEY: I was involved with TEDxUGA starting my second semester sophomore year of college and until I graduated. That experience without a doubt was the first time I realized I wanted to be involved in events. I grew to be a promotions director with them and loved the group of people I worked with, and the chaos that led up to the big event. Seeing the event come together and knowing the hard work we all put in behind the scenes to make it possible, that’s when I realized the event industry was the one for me!
PT&E: In the short time you’ve been with us, what would you say you like best about working at PT&E?
ASHLEY: Without a doubt, the people and culture. Within my first 3 weeks I have felt more comfortable than I ever have with a company. I feel like I really am one of the team and not just the new girl. They value the people and the quality of life at PT&E and I am so blessed to have a workplace that does and that promotes the same values that I also have.
PT&E: What are some of your favorite places to travel?
ASHLEY: I love Colorado. Summer and winter time and studying abroad there was amazing! London was like a cleaner, more spread-out version of NYC, which I also love. I also love going to my beach house in Seaside, FL.
PT&E: When you have free time, what are the activities you like to do most?
ASHLEY: It it’s a pretty day, I love frolicking around the Atlanta Beltline and exploring Atlanta, Inman Park etc. I also like to workout and spend time with friends and my boyfriend.