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  • Rental and Staging Network Elects New President and Board

    POSTED January 20, 2014

The Rental and Staging Network (RSN), a network of rental and staging companies located across North America, has recently announced that Bob Daniels, of BlueWater Technologies of Southfield, Mich., has been elected as president of RSN for 2014.

In line with RSN’s commitment to building a network of the industry’s best audio-visual rental and staging companies, Daniels stated, "There are several goals I’d like to see RSN achieve in 2014, and while these goals are still evolving, the core remains the same- we want to build our network through member education, as well as promote greater awareness about RSN to our potential clients and customers."

Daniels is also committed to growing and maintaining RSN’s partnership program with leading vendors in the industry who are committed to RSN’s overall goals of raising the bar of professionalism within the rental and staging industry. "We want to provide training initiatives for techs, project managers and sales professionals, as well as expand network benefits into each of the companies, involving a broader base of staff members," he said.

Daniels says a vital goal for the coming year is to reach out to greater numbers of event producers and meeting planners, and continue to educate and inform these key leaders about the added value, benefits and unique offerings that independent AV companies can bring to their events. 

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