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

Rentals in the Hurricane Season 

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

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......

Gut Feel versus Statistics and Metrics

in Rent Talk Apr 01, 2017
Owning a rental business in this competitive landscape is so much more complex than previous generations and that is why metrics and as much......

Massive Technology Leaps at ConExpo 

in Rent Talk Mar 01, 2017
Technology was the primary theme at ConExpo recently and the advances in equipment were a lot to take in and far more than I have space to......

Lessons from the Airline Industry to the Rental Industry 

in Rent Talk Feb 01, 2017
With Mike Watts' departure, a new era begins for Sunstate Equipment....

My New Approach to New Year’s Resolutions 

in Rent Talk Jan 01, 2017
I have a bit of an aversion to New Year's resolutions because my sense of what usually happens is that, in the press of our busy lives, we tend to......

Product Trends in the Here and Now 

in Rent Talk Dec 01, 2016
I could easily go on for a few pages about some of the unique products in this year's edition of the RER Innovative Product Awards, but I want to......

Do You Need a Pump or a Dry Ditch? 

in Rent Talk Nov 01, 2016
If the rental industry is more capable, it’s because the customer has come to expect it, and that has led to a level of professionalism that probably......