Tim Sperry, President
Tim’s father, sailmaker Steve Sperry, designed the first-ever Sperry Tent. It was only natural that, after graduating from the University of Rochester and then sailing around the world as part of a crew of five, which also included his brother, Matt, Tim helped turn Sperry Tents into an autonomous rental company from the ground up. Under his leadership as president, the company has grown from its original coastal MA rental office into a network of over 19 licensed rental providers across the country and abroad. Tim lives in Dartmouth, MA, with his wife Nikki and their three children, and the family sails and skis as often as possible.
Brian Conlon, Director of Operations
Brian has been director of operations since March 2009, and takes pride in working for an event industry leader. His job involves fostering a sense of teamwork among the numerous crew members, and, for him, the best reward is doing a great job for customers in honor of their most important life moments and celebrations. A Rhode Island native, he currently lives in New Hampshire and spends time with family and friends and skis in the well-earned off-season.
Rob Cowell, Director of Sales + Boston/South Shore Regional Sales Manager
Having worked summers for Sperry off and on since 2001, Rob joined the company full time in 2011 and is now sales director and also regional manager for Greater Boston, South Shore MA, and Central/Western MA. His favorite part about the always hectic summer season is how the staff comes together to produce exceptional installs amid sometimes challenging circumstances. In his off-hours, he prefers any nature-related activity: landscaping, hiking, swimming, and exploring. Originally from Marion, MA, he now lives in Raynham, MA, with his wife and two young children.
Jen Sperry, Director of Marketing
Back in the ’90s, Jen used to work summers for her family’s company, sewing and repairing tents on the loft floor. Now, as marketing director, she directs its websites, social media, advertising, and publicity and provides marketing support to new providers. Previously, she worked as an editor in publishing and still likes reading magazines and books, particularly mysteries. Her other off-duty activities are anything wine related, fixing up her house, and spending time with her two daughters.
Lauren Keirstead, Office Manager
A native of New Bedford, MA, Lauren currently lives in South Dartmouth, just a quick walk from Padanaram Harbor. She’s been on staff since 2006 and, as an office manager and event coordinator, helps create amazing weddings for customers from the first planning call through to the big day’s setup. When she’s not working, she is typically either working out or reading with a glass of wine.
Mike Keirstead, Cape, Southcoast + Eastern RI Regional Sales Manager
As a regional sales manager with 13 years’ experience working for Sperry Tents, Mike spends most of his time helping brides and grooms have the best weddings possible through creativity, imaginative thinking, and hard work. A resident of Middleboro, MA, he likes all things music, including going to shows and discovering new bands and singer/songwriters. He also carves out time for wine tastings, vacations, and reading and writing poetry.
Kevin Peterson, Eastern CT + Western RI Regional Sales Manager
Kevin joined the Sperry Tents team as a regional sales manager in 2018 and has enjoyed being a customer rep for one of the world’s leading tent rental companies since day one. With over 16 years of experience in the event industry, he takes pride in planning and executing tented events effectively and comprehensively. Kevin enjoys spending time traveling and hiking with his two dogs during the winter months and off-hours. Originally from Higganum, CT, Kevin currently lives in Mystic and loves contributing to the scenic landscapes of the region.
Jeremy Hathaway, Warehouse Manager
Since 2012, Jeremy has worked as a crew member for Sperry and was recently promoted to warehouse manager. He believes that tenting is all about teamwork and spends any spare time away from the warehouse relaxing with family.
Tobey Cann, Senior Crew Leader
An experienced crew chief and field manager, Tobey started with Sperry in 2002 and likes working outdoors at so many different scenic locations. Creating beautiful setups that help make customers’ events truly memorable is his specialty. Originally from Marion, MA, he currently lives in W. Bridgewater, MA, with his wife and three daughters. His spare time is fleeting but he likes to read, travel, and be outdoors.
CJ Sweeney, Senior Crew Leader
CJ lives on the Cape and is now celebrating his nine-year anniversary with Sperry. A reliable and dedicated crew chief, he likes being part of the company’s team atmosphere and plays hockey and golf when his schedule allows.
Eric Gauthier, Senior Crew Leader
Eric has been an integral team member of Sperry Tents off and on since 2005. Working at Sperry allows him to spend time doing two things that he loves: being outside and working with his hands. In addition to tenting, he’s also highly skilled at sewing and welding. When not working, he enjoys relaxing at home with family, spending time outside (the hammock is a favorite destination), being out on the water (paddleboarding), and playing guitar. He’s been making music and playing instruments for over 20 years.