Christine Wehrman is to retire as chief executive of the American Rental Association (ARA), after 15 years of service, although she will continue to carry out her duties until a successor is named later in the year.
The first priority is the upcoming Rental Show in Atlanta and then the team will set about recruiting a suitable replacement.
ARA president Terry Turner said: “Chris has effectively led our association to excellence. The board is very proud of the vast achievements provided to members and the industry during her service. Chris led ARA through the years of business consolidation, the 9/11 attacks, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the economic recession along with many critical industry and association issues”.
"Her astute association management and leadership skill, along with her ability to work so well with volunteer leaders and staff members have really made a difference for members and the industry. As a result, ARA is well positioned for the future, with membership at record levels”.
Wehrman said: “It has truly been a privilege to serve ARA’s general and associate membership in this position and work with such capable volunteer leaders and staff members throughout the association and industry. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am proud of what has been achieved by ARA during these dynamic years as a result of all of us working together. I foresee a great future for the association, membership and industry in years to come.”