Our Team

Meet the folks who create the magic.


Chad G.


In college, way back in 99’  a friend recruited me to work for an event rental company over the summer. That’s where I met Ed—and got the itch to pursue a career in the rental industry. Following my work at Academy, I worked for a car rental company and for 9 ½ years, a large uniform rental supplier. I also began to dream about running my own tent and party rental company.

Finally, while planning my own outdoor wedding in 2010, I decided to take the entrepreneurial leap. Two months before my wedding, I launched AGoGo Events Rental, LLC. It’s been exactly what I’d hoped, and I’m constantly humbled by the support of our customers, industry partners and team.

After reconnecting with Ed—who was, by then, owner of Academy Rentals—and unofficially partnering with him (see above for our story), we decided to join forces as Academy Rental Group.

Ed L.


I started putting up tents for Academy Rentals in 1994. Slowly, I worked my way to crew lead supervisor, then ops manager, then general manager. In 2009, Academy split into two businesses, indoor and outdoor. I took over the outdoor business.

One day, the then-owner asked me to run a job with him. He offered to sell me the entire business at the most opportune moment: while setting up a tent.

While running Academy Rentals, Chad became an ally even though we were often competing for the same business. We’d run into each other setting up events in close proximity or at the same conferences. Sometimes, we’d even carpool.

Soon, we realized what we could offer our customers if we did business together in the same way. That’s when we started Academy Rental Group.

Our team

OUR TEam Members

Carol M.

Linen Room Manager

After 11 years as a stay at home mom, I needed a job that had flexible hours and days. I was also hoping to work for a small business because I didn’t want to be just a number. Academy fit the bill. My coworkers are like family and I love working with them. I take pride in my work and I hope it’s reflected in the appearance of the linens.

Megan P.

Event Consultant

I’ve spent the last 9 years in customer service and am the company expert in festivals and corporate events—I’m making that official by working on my Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) designation. Let me help you take your event to the next level!

Ian T.

I’ve fulfilled multiple roles since starting as a tent installer while earning my Masters of Applied Economics from University of Cincinnati. Now, I lead the Sales and Human Resources teams with a focus on business development. No two events are the same and you get to work with a variety of great customers, it’s challenging and rewarding helping people plan their events!  

Jason F.

Field Operations

I have worked for Academy Rentals for the better half of 20 years. I enjoy helping people make their events a huge success! I also enjoy the family atmosphere around here and the friendships I have made.

Ryan W.

Field Operations

I started with Academy Rental Group in 2017 and quickly developed a love for the wedding business. I enjoy turning an empty field into the wedding of your dreams. My hobbies include metal detecting and anything with wheels. 

Tony M.

Field Operations

I’ve always had a passion for large events. I started in the event industry seventeen years ago and fondly remember Tall Stacks. I’m a huge Cincinnati Reds and Bengals Fan; I haven’t missed a home Bengals game in 50 years.

Are you interested in joining our tight-knit, fun-loving team?

We are always looking for new talent to fill the right positions.