Kodi Newberry – Employee of the Month, August 2023

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At Tates Rents, we take immense pride in our employee-owned business model. It’s the foundation of our success and a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team members. Each month, we have the honor of recognizing an exceptional individual who embodies the spirit of our employee ownership – and this August, we’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on Kodi Newberry from our Idaho Street location.

Kodi’s Journey: A Testament to Tates Rents’ Unique Dynamic

Kodi’s journey with Tates Rents spans six years, marked by a few brief hiatuses to pursue other ventures. His experiences, which included operating a wrecker and managing a shop for a startup company, granted him a unique perspective on the industry. Yet, there was something about Tates Rents, the way our employees mesh, and our commitment to excellence that drew Kodi back.

The Team Dynamic at Idaho Street

Kodi emphasizes the fantastic team dynamic at our Idaho Street location. He describes it as a cohesive unit, a well-oiled machine where every member plays a vital role. This sense of unity and mutual respect is at the core of our success. It’s what allows us to provide exceptional service to our customers and set us apart in the industry.

The Power of ESOP: Accountability and Excellence

As an employee-owned company, we have a unique advantage. Kodi attests to how the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) shapes the way we operate. It drives us to think critically, to consider the impact of our actions not just on our individual roles, but on the entire team and the company as a whole. This sense of collective ownership fosters a culture of accountability and excellence that permeates every aspect of our work.

What Being an Employee Owner Means to Kodi

For Kodi, being an employee owner means a commitment to striving for the best. He understands that his actions directly influence the success of his team and the company. It’s a responsibility he takes to heart, a driving force behind his dedication and hard work.

A Recommendation to Friends and Family

Kodi wholeheartedly recommends working for an employee-owned company to friends and family. He highlights the potential for growth and the unique rewards that come with being an early contributor to a thriving business. He emphasizes the importance of hard work, believing that the fruits of one’s labor are reaped sooner than expected.

Looking Ahead: Kodi’s Future at Tates Rents

When asked about his aspirations for the next five to ten years, Kodi’s response reflects his open-minded and ambitious spirit. While he currently enjoys his position, he’s not one to shy away from new opportunities. Having been involved in various roles across different stores, Kodi envisions the possibility of managing a store one day.


Kodi Newberry’s journey at Tates Rents exemplifies the spirit of employee ownership and the dedication it fosters. His story is a testament to the exceptional individuals who drive our success and make us proud to be an employee-owned company. We congratulate Kodi on being named our August Employee of the Month and look forward to many more years of shared success!


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