Employees

Andrew Ward, Full Time Manager
Andy is actively involved in every aspect of Ward’s Rental Center. He aims to provide excellent service and quality products for every customer, solving problems with fairness and efficiency. Andy loves learning from others and considers himself a student of life. Andy’s career in the rental industry began in 2002 when he took over his family’s equipment rental business, and five years later, he ventured into tent and party rentals. Since that time, Andy has dedicated himself to building Ward’s Rental Center into the area’s premier rental provider; more than that, Ward’s is a local business that supports the community and helps other individuals and businesses to pursue their goals. In his free time, Andy enjoys playing poker, being a businessman, humanitarian, and most of all, a dad.
  Matt Visel, Full Time Operations Manager
Matt is a Ward’s Rental success story. Matt was hired in the spring of 2014 but it seems we’ve worked together our whole lives. He came into the rental at a unique time when we were focusing hard on business development, and like a natural he seamlessly caught on to what direction we were headed, while also putting his own unique twist on improving business functionality. Although he performs a wide array of functions, his prime focus is productivity at the rental counter, recirculating retired equipment, and properly programming our high end point of sale software.
   Jason Howeson, Full Time Manager
For equipment, tent and party, and U-Haul rentals, Jason is always ready to tackle any task. He has been a part of our company since 2011. His extensive background and real world experience allowed him to adapt quickly to management requirements. He attended 4 years in school for residential, commercial, and industrial electrical, and worked 3 years as an industrial electrician. He later spent 2 years in general construction, including roofing, siding, replacement windows, and decks. Jason built a company from the ground up that provided services such as commercial cleaning and general maintenance on commercial properties. We are happy to have him and know our operation would not be what it is today without his help and dedication.
Collette Podschlne, Full Time Counter Staff
Collette comes to us with four years of experience working in the local hardware business. Collette is a real people person and problem solver who blended with the Ward’s team right away after after joining us in late 2016. This is in part due to the fact that she joins us from our sister company and former neighbor, Ward’s Hardware. She works full time with us at Ward’s while also pursuing a degree at Washtenaw Community College.
   James Thesier, Full Time Delivery Driver
Jim joined our team in early 2015, and he quickly became a very important part of our daily operations. His primary responsibility at Ward’s Rental is to deliver earth moving and lawn and garden equipment. Jim was the proud owner of Thesier’s John Deere Dealership in South Lyon, Michigan, for over 40 years. After retiring from his business, he became available to support our team for the spring, summer, and fall seasons. This keeps him involved in the equipment industry that he loves so much. Jim has proven to be reliable, honest, hard-working, and dedicated to every aspect of what he does here.
Nick Kumke, Full Time Yard Associate
Nick is our head yard attendant. Nick joined our team early Spring of 2016. What amazed us most about him was how little training he needed. When he joined our team it was as if he had worked here his entire life. We look forward to many more fantastic years with him renting equipment.  Currently, Nick is enrolled at Washtenaw Community College, where he is pursuing a degree in welding and fabrication.

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