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Meet Cristin Hopkins of Platinum Event Rentals in Kearny Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristin Hopkins.

Cristin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 2007 I was working at a local catering company and was engaged to my now have husband, Jake. Rather than simply paying for the wedding, the family gave me money to spend however I saw fit, and since I worked at a catering company I paid very little for the catering portion of the wedding, and with the money we saved Jake and I purchased tables, chairs, heaters, and a small trailer. We rented out our tables and chairs almost every weekend!

In 2010 the previous owner of Platinum (then called Platinum Party Rents) approached me wanting to sell his small rental company. Jake and I quit our jobs and dove head first into the rental industry, taking over Platinum. At that time we had a 5,000 square foot warehouse, and 5 employees. We now occupy over 25,000 square feet and have over 30 full-time employees.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think running a business is ever a “smooth” road! One of the biggest challenges we have faced is that there are so many other rental companies in San Diego. It has been hard trying to find a way to set ourselves apart from all the other companies that do what we do. It has been a long road, with many trials and tribulations, and We have really had to be laser focused on our goal of being unique in some way. We have really gotten to be known in the industry for our quality of product and customer service, and also for our draping and ceiling treatments.

We have the ability to customize any draping job, and our team of draping professionals have an eye for design and can take a clients vision and make it come to life for using fabrics and colors of their liking. Every piece is custom made, so no two draping jobs look the same. I believe this is what has set us apart from the competition, although we still have every day rentals from the forks and knives, to the tents and lighting.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Platinum Event Rentals – what should we know?
We are a small family-owned company, and our personalized customer service really sets us apart. All of my clients have my personal cell phone number, and we make sure they never feel like they are just another job. Aside from the customer service, our draping is definitely our specialty.

We customize every piece and have the ability to not only transform a space using fabric and draping, but we can also create an entire space using fabric and draping. Our “open frame canopy” has become extremely popular. It created a defined space, and shade, without looking like just another tent.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe my team’s passion for each event is what is so important. We all know the importance of these events, and how personal they are to our clients. We will do everything in our power to make a client happy.

It is easy to get jaded in this industry and look at events as just a business, or just another job, but I always remind myself that most clients have been dreaming of this event for a long time, and they are counting on us to make sure we make their event just as they dreamed. And I instill that in all my team members.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 8112 Engineer road San Diego, CA 92111
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  • Phone: 858-483-7368
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