Michael Roth

Editor , Penton Media

Michael Roth has covered the equipment rental industry full time for RER since 1989 and has served as the magazine’s editor in chief since 1994. He has nearly 30 years experience as a professional journalist. Roth has visited hundreds of rental centers and industry manufacturers, written hundreds of feature stories for RER and thousands of news stories for the magazine and its electronic newsletter RER Reports. Roth has interviewed leading executives for most of the industry’s largest rental companies and manufacturers as well as hundreds of smaller independent companies. He has visited with and reported on rental companies and manufacturers in Europe, Central America and Asia as well as Mexico, Canada and the United States. Roth was co-founder of RER Reports, the industry’s first weekly newsletter, which began as a fax newsletter in 1996, and later became an online newsletter. Roth has spoken at conventions sponsored by the American Rental Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, California Rental Association and other industry events and has spoken before industry groups in several countries. He lives and works in Los Angeles when he’s not traveling to cover industry events.

Posts by Michael Roth

Playing the Devil's Advocate 

in Rent Talk Feb 07, 2018
Sometimes downturns are predictable; sometimes we don’t know what hit us until it does and all that iron is in the yard with payments due and no......

Business Plans and Problem Solving 

in Rent Talk Jan 01, 2018
Business planning is easier said than done and not all business owners are really good at it....

Setting the Stage for Unique Innovations 

in Rent Talk Dec 01, 2017
I hope you all check out our gallery of this year’s Innovative Product Award, which has very exciting new products....

The Value of Contingency Planning

in Rent Talk Nov 01, 2017
Rental company contingency plans are really a kind of hurricane insurance....

The Next Frontier in Rental Software 

in Rent Talk Oct 22, 2017
In this month’s cover story we tried to give you a feel for how rental industry software is covering virtually every aspect of a rental......

Rentals in the Hurricane Season 

in Rent Talk Sep 15, 2017
Hurricane season has come, and rather dramatically this year....

Why Cooper Works and Here Come the Buyers 

in Rent Talk Aug 16, 2017
I hope you enjoy this month’s story about Cooper Equipment Rentals. I think you’ll find the story of their dramatic growth to be extremely......

It’s All in How You Use It 

in Rent Talk Jul 01, 2017
Software in the rental industry has come a very long way in the past 15, 20 years. For that matter, it’s come a long way in the past five, even the......

Investment in Education and Mid-Sized Rental 

in Rent Talk Jun 15, 2017
It’s not easy to find qualified workers who want to do the kind of physical work that is required in this era when kids tend to grow up sitting in......

Expansion, Growth, Optimism and Weak Rental Rates 

in Rent Talk May 01, 2017
Although this year’s RER 100 was less dramatic than recent years in terms of rental volume growth, there certainly were some strong performances and......