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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!
Peachtree Tents & Events poised to create even more great experiences with the acquisition of Tents Unlimited, Event Flooring Solutions, and Event Rentals Unlimited
I am very excited to announce the acquisition of Event Rentals Unlimited, Tents Unlimited and Event Flooring Solutions by Peachtree Tents and Events, LLC on Friday, February 17, 2017. (See official press release below.) My business partner and our CEO, Joe Freedman, and I both believe that this acquisition and subsequent partnership with Dan Nolan, Sam Wodetzki, Arnie Seyden and their team will allow Peachtree Tents and Events the ability to improve on an already high level of customer service. The blending of the organizations will significantly increase our quantity and broaden our inventory enabling the organization to better serve our clients and their events.
For now it is business as usual. Arnie, Sam and Mike are not going anywhere and their addition to our team will only enhance our ability to execute at a high level for our clients and partners. There will be changes as we move forward but those changes will be thoughtful and intentional and always with the focus being on the customer service that you have come to love and expect from Peachtree Tents and Events and Music City Tents and Events. We will be thoughtful and transparent in communicating strategy in a timely fashion relative to the integration of the two organizations.
We are really looking forward to the opportunity to expand our core values throughout our 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!
Warmest Regards, Jeff
PEACHTREE TENTS & EVENTS ACQUIRES THREE COMPANIES
TENTS UNLIMITED, EVENT FLOORING SOLUTIONS AND EVENT RENTALS UNLIMITED
Peachtree Tents & Events, LLC, d/b/a (“Peachtree”) in Atlanta and (“Music City”) in Nashville, a leading event rental service company, together with its capital and mezzanine partners, Gemini Investors (“Gemini”) and Resolute Capital Partners (“Resolute”), announced today the acquisition of three companies: Tents Unlimited (“TU”), Event Flooring Solutions (“EFS”), and Event Rentals Unlimited ‐ Atlanta and Birmingham (“ERU”). The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to join forces and expand our brand throughout the Southeast,” said Joe Freedman, CEO of Peachtree. “The institutional knowledge of owners’ Dan Nolan, Sam Wodetzki and Arnie Seyden is a great addition to our executive management team at Peachtree.”
“We share common values and will continue to operate with the same commitment to clients and staff that we have always had,” said Dan Nolan, III. “By joining Peachtree, the partnership will expand our event rental family and give our team members meaningful opportunities for professional and personal growth.”
“This partnership expands our service offerings into Birmingham and gives us a platform to execute large tent and flooring jobs throughout the United States,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Terry. “With more than 1 million square feet of tents and 250,000 square feet of flooring, we can execute any size job.”
Peachtree 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 the investment.
ABOUT PEACHTREE TENTS & EVENTS:
Peachtree is a leading event rental service company and a five‐time recipient on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States. With over 1 million square feet of tents and more than 250,000 square feet of flooring, Peachtree serves clients throughout the Southeast and across the nation.
For more information visit: www.peachtreetents.com, www.musiccitytents.com, www.tentsunlimited.com, www.erultd.com.