A Gogo Event Rentals
What is your background?
In 1999 I started working for another local party rental company while attending the University of Cincinnati. That’s how I first gained exposure into the wedding rental business. I moved on to a few other jobs through the years, always thinking about buying a few tents, just to get started and see how it goes. My most recent job, before starting A Gogo, was with a local uniform rental company, where I spent 9 ½ years working in the Supply Chain and Sales. Although a valuable experience, I felt it was time to move on and create a small business focused on providing quality products and exceptional customer service. I’m thankful for my corporate experience because much of what I learned I’ve been able to apply in my business today.
When did you first realize you wanted to work with weddings?
When my wife and I were planning our wedding we wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception but everything seemed to be very inflexible. I mentioned in my background that I always wanted to “just buy a few tents to get started” – I always thought about it in July when the peak season was half over. This time it was February, I thought it was now or never. My wife thought I was crazy, (we were getting married in 3 months, who could blame her), but she was supportive. So, we started A Gogo Event Rentals and weddings were one of the markets we wanted to target, grow and support.
How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
Technically we have been in business 3 years in March. I say technically because the first year I worked full time at my corporate job during the day then in the evening would load the truck up and make deliveries. It was extremely difficult to do both, so before our second season I decided to jump in and support A Gogo full time.
Currently we are located on the Westside of Cincinnati but are searching for more warehouse space and we will be making a move in the next few months. We know the area we would like to move to, but the location is still TBD.
Why did you start your business?
That’s a great question. It was a combination of things but mostly because I enjoy it!
I mentioned earlier, for years I thought about starting a rental business because it was an industry I was passionate about. I figured that if after years and years of thinking about it and plotting it out in my head that it was time to start building it. We (companies in this industry) are in a very unique situation because 98% of the customers we have are celebrating something – a wedding, graduation party, customer or employee appreciation day. It’s great! Our customers are happy, excited and ready to have fun when we meet with them. Don’t get me wrong, the planning process for our customers can be stressful but that’s why we make it our goal to reduce that stress level where we can. Our business is fun! We enjoy working with our customers and the companies we partner with.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part of a wedding is seeing my customers happy. Whether it’s the first meeting where they’re excited about their upcoming wedding or it’s transforming their vision of their wedding into reality – we take pride in knowing that our customers are happy!
What are your favorite upcoming trends?
I’m not sure if this is an “ upcoming trend” but it seems brides are looking for a more unique wedding day instead of the traditional venue route. We personally love that because that’s what my wife and I wanted for our wedding day. It’s part of our culture at A Gogo. In our experience we have found brides are looking for uniqueness in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s a photo booth, a mobile ice cream shop, having wood fired pizza as the main dish, or an outdoor ceremony/reception location. It could be any number of things but we work with our customers to understand what type of unique items/experiences they’re looking for then we network with other vendors in the industry to help bring their vision to life. We are constantly looking for unique ideas, venues and partnering with suppliers to pass along to our customers.
Do you have any new favorite rental pieces you can’t wait to use?
I don’t know that I have one new rental piece. We are constantly updating our inventory as we grow. In addition to our tents, tables, chairs and party supplies, we now offer a wide variety of linens (colors and styles), new padded garden chairs, pipe and drape, fans that attach right to the tent poles so they take up less space, a wireless speaker system with an iPod docking station (the speakers are hung on the tent poles so it’s a clean look), HD projector, 85” projector screen, and even an Xbox Kinect.
I can’t wait to use all of them and the rest of the inventory we have or will invest in, in the near future. J We also have some other product offerings coming down the pipeline that we can’t discuss in detail yet, but we are excited about them and we will update you as soon as we have them ready to launch.
Anything else you want to share with us?
We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your blog and talk more about A Gogo Event Rentals. We look forward to working on a few wedding projects this year together.