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image L-R: Family members, back, L-R: Carol Nedd, Rick Sorsby, Gary Sorsby and Eric Nedd; front, Wanda Sorsby.

HOUSTON – For more than 50 years, Aztec Rental has served the Houston area as a one-stop shop for equipment rental and equipment sales.

    “Our comprehensive range of industry leading equipment and tireless dedication to our customers makes Aztec Rental the best choice to get your job done right,” says Gary Sorsby, whose owns and operates the company, along with family members.
    In fact, Sorsby’s grandmother, Wanda Sorsby, still works at the Houston location six days a week.
    “She and our grandfather, Lester Sorsby, (who passed away in 1990) started this business in 1966 as the first A to Z franchise in Houston. In 1969 after the franchise disbanded, Lester and Wanda changed the name to Aztec Rental Center Inc. and then changed to Aztec Corp.
    “She is now 87 years young and still works more hours than anyone in the company. She sets the bar high for the rest of us.”  
    That hard work ethic and customer service are the foundations for the third generation run business, Sorsby says. Currently, there are ten family members in the business, including Sorsby’s two cousins, Brian and Eric Nedd. Other family members include Sorsby’s aunt and Brian and Eric’s mother and father, Carol and Allen Nedd, as well as Sorsby’s father, Rick Sorsby.
    In 2001, the family branched out into a separate party rental business, Any Occasion Tents and Events, located next door to the Houston location, which includes family members such as Sorsby’s sister, Lynne Brace and her husband
Jason Brace, also Brian and Eric’s sister, Kelley Walters, and Gary’s uncle, Lester Sorsby Jr.
    Sorsby says the key to the company’s success and longevity is customer service.
    “That’s what my grandfather strived for from early on and he implemented that into everybody else,” he says. “We always put the customer first. It’s the backbone of our business.”
    Sorsby says when family members are not working, they keep busy with several things.
    “We are big outdoorsmen, including hunting and fishing,” he says. “All of us have children now and they keep us busy, with among other things, Little League sports.”
    Aztec Rental Center, in both Houston and Sugar Land, provides equipment rentals, tool rentals and equipment sales for homeowners and contractors since 1966. –cw/dh


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