The American Rental Association (ARA) will induct two industry veterans into the Rental Hall of Fame in February 2014. The late T. Charles McCourt and John (Jack) Greenfield will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show in Orlando on Feb. 10.
McCourt was a former rental store owner and the founder and owner of McCourt Manufacturing in Fort Smith, Ark. In 1964, McCourt purchased a general equipment rental store in Lancaster, Pa., which was the first of six rental stores located in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia that he accrued over the next 10 years. McCourt sold each to its respective manager.
He then moved to the supplier end of the rental industry, with a goal to improve products and customer service. McCourt was one of the founders of Rental Service Supply, which later was named RSS Distributors, and founded McCourt Manufacturing in 1983. He was active in ARA’s Region Two, was an at-large director of ARA and received the association’s Special Service Award in 1997. He served as a trustee of the ARA Foundation when it was reactivated in 2000.
McCourt died on Dec. 28, 2012.
Greenfield has contributed to the rental industry at local, state, regional and national levels while serving as president of Bunce Rental in Tacoma, Wash. He was actively involved in the formation of the South Sound Rental Association, served on numerous ARA committees, served as ARA Region Eight Director from 1985-1987 and was president of the American Rental Association in 1994.
Greenfield also contributed in the area of insurance, as he knew the importance of having available, industry-specific insurance for equipment rental. He served as chairman of the board for ARDI, which later became ARA Insurance Services and is now known as ARA Insurance. He was integral in the transition of ARDI and the ARDI Exchange to ARA Insurance Services and the creation of ARA Insurance Limited, a captive insurance company. His leadership, vision and passion for this industry are directly responsible for the continued availability and success of ARA Insurance, which benefits not only members but also the entire rental industry through their risk management focus.
The Rental Hall of Fame was created in 2000 to foster an appreciation of the historical development of the rental industry and its leaders.