A Gogo Event Rentals was established on March 10, 2010… but this isn’t my first rodeo. While attending the University of Cincinnati, I worked for a local Cincinnati Tri-State area party and tent rental company. After graduation I decided to stay in the rental industry; working 2 years for a car rental company and then 9 ½ years with a large uniform rental supplier. Eight years after I left the party rental company, I found myself constantly talking about launching my very own tent and party rental company.
Typically the conversations were on a bar stool in late July. But If I had scratched my entrepreneurial itch then, I wouldn’t have had time to get the business started. With winter right around the corner, I had again missed my chance to prepare for the upcoming tent rental season. So my reigning cry became, “Next year! Next year I will take the leap !” but I never did.
Life went on and my then-fiancee and I found ourselves planning our very own outdoor wedding…It was then that I decided it was time to stop talking about it and make the move. In the middle of planning a wedding, a honeymoon, and working a full-time job, I took the leap…needless to say my wife thought I was a little crazy…and still does!
The company started out small, just my wife and I. On Thursday and Friday nights, we would change out of our corporate clothes, load the truck and set up tents after work. On Sundays, we would take them down before going back to our corporate jobs on Monday. This was our life for a little over a year. During that time we were fortunate to gain some great traction and sales in the industry…date nights however suffered drastically.
Finally, on June 3, 2011, I boxed up my suits and ties and resigned from my cushy Fortune 500 corporate gig. I was now going to get outside, smell the fresh air, and focus on building our company, A Gogo Event Rentals.
Our first year started in a rented garage, by year two it was 3 garages, in February of 2014 we were finally able to move into our first official warehouse and in March of 2014 we were able to move into our current location which consists of a larger warehouse, office space, and a front room.
Over the past 4 years, we have been very fortunate to employ a great team, obtain great customers and work with some excellent industry partners and companies, all of whom we greatly appreciate it.
What’s in a name?
A lot of our customers ask me how we came up with our company name A Gogo Event Rentals.
To be honest we struggled to come up with a name; we wanted it to be fun, unique, and different and we refused to settle for some of the “stock” names that were in our industry.
Eventually, we were down to our last 24 hours, our attorney needed a name so she could file the paperwork for our company. After staying up late I was at my desk searching to find something, anything, that would be unique and different. Then after yet another desperate search on dictionary.com, in the top left-hand corner on my computer, I saw the name “A Gogo”. A Gogo…This reminded me of when I was living in LA, there was a venue in Hollywood called Whiskey A – Gogo. I always thought to myself that would be a fun place to go to just because of its name. It was just the name we were looking for!
A Gogo is not only our name… it’s how we refer to our work.
Instead of “I’m at work” it’s “I’m out A Gogoing” – Hey, it works for us, we hope you like it.