The newest inductee for the Rental Hall of Fame is the late Herschel “Hotch” Manning. He will be formally inducted on Feb. 28 at The Rental Show in Las Vegas.
Manning was chosen for his commitment throughout his life and rental career to exemplary character and dynamic leadership, heartfelt belief in the value of people being the key to success in the rental business and devotion to making the rental industry better.
Manning served as ARA president from 1995-1996, and was actively involved with the association throughout his rental career at the state and national level. His accomplishments on behalf of the association were many, and Manning was serving as an ARA Foundation Rental Executive Advisory Program (REAP) at the time of his death. He also served on the board of ARA Insurance throughout his leadership service.
Manning was involved in the rental industry for more than 18 years. He was a self-made rental success who built A-1 Rental Centers into a multi-million dollar operation in and around Las Cruces, NM. Before entering the rental business, Manning served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 1979 with the rank of sergeant-major, the highest non-commissioned rank. He purchased his first rental store in 1979, borrowing against his military life insurance policy. He was a successful businessman, a respected community leader, a pilot and rancher.
ARA created the Rental Hall of Fame in 2000 to foster an appreciation of the historical development of the rental industry and the leaders who have made the industry what it is today. Each year, nominations are accepted to recognize individuals who have made a substantial impact on the industry at the national or international level. The induction ceremony is held during the keynote session at The Rental Show.