Meet Our Team
Chris Wright - Owner
Chris has worked at every position in the company. He enjoys unique tenting projects and getting his hands dirty with the crew. He is always planning on how we can bring House of Rental to the next level.
Patrick Baalke - GM
Patrick has been a rental guy since 1973. On his day off he celebrates Christmas. LOL. He enjoys keeping everything going as smoothly as possible and still enjoys the challenge.
Liz Byron - Marketing
Liz has been working at House of Rental for over 20 years. She is a second generation rental agent and helps everyone with special projects.
Courtney Carter - Event Specialist
Courtney came to House of Rental in early 2017 bringing over 13 years of customer service to the sales department. She has a Bachelors in Communication and has recently finished her CERP designation through the ARA. Courtney also works behind the scenes on our social media pages. Her favorite part of any event is the way the end result creates the mood for your guests to relax and enjoy your event.
Samantha - Event Specialist
Samantha has been with House of Rental since 2017. She has been working in the event industry since 2016 and in customer service for over 10 years. She discovered her passion and excitement for events when she would help couples plan and customize their wedding cakes and gained even more invaluable experience as a coordinator at an event venue. Samantha enjoys every step of the event planning process and wants everyone to have a great experience, no matter what they are renting!
Laurie Julcher - Tent Specialist
Laurie has been assisting her clients create successful tented events for over 20 years. She finds event rentals exciting because no two events are ever alike. Laurie enjoys using her experience to assist clients in the planning of events from weddings and corporate events to baby showers, graduation parties, bar and bat mitzvahs or a casual outdoor dinner party. Creating and maintaining client relationships motivate her to give every event 110%.
Sue Rietveld - Office Manager
As Office Manager at House of Rental, Sue draws from all areas of her life experience — teacher, bookkeeper, business owner, office administrator — to assist in smooth day to day operations. She enjoys working as a member of the House of Rental team. Our team’s goal is to provide our customers top notch rental service whether their need is contractor tools and equipment, or equipment for parties and tented events.
Dave Kehl - Wheeling Manager
Dave is our Wheeling manager and Tool & Safety expert. Dave also tinkers with equipment repairs. He has a vast knowledge of tools, and how to diagnose equipment problems. Dave has been working at House of Rental since 1986!
Joe Brunner - Glenview Manager
Joe has been with House of Rental since 2006, working many different jobs. His passion is working on equipment. Joe loves to fish; he always catches the big ones!
Shay Borman - Glenview Rental Agent
Shay works at our Glenview location, and likes helping our customers choose the right equipment for their jobs. She has been in customer service for over five years, and has a solid background in automotive technology with practical, hands-on experience. In her spare time, you will find Shay tinkering with her car, or off on outdoor adventures with her dog.
Martin Sanchez - Skokie Rental Agent
Martin has worked in a fast-paced retail and customer service environment since 2015, and that’s why he mans the front counter at our Skokie location. His prior construction experience and knowledge of equipment adds value to our team. Martin’s outside interests include video editing and working out at the gym.
Mike Krause - Master Mechanic
Mike is our Master Mechanic and enjoys repairing a variety of equipment. He is happy when the right parts come in quick and a repair is a job well done. Mike takes pride in his work and has one of the best tool boxes I have ever seen.