APRO on the Hill
Nearly 100 APRO members met February 8-9 in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 Dave Egan Legislative Conference. RTO representatives headed to capitol hill to meet with members of Congress about their businesses, the nature of the rent-to-own transaction and most importantly building constituent relationships that have been nurtured over the years at the industry’s most important political event of the year.
The two-day event kicked off with a briefing and breakfast sponsored by TRIB Group at The National Republican Club of Capitol Hill. Members swarmed in, gathered their APRO 2017 Dave Egan Legislative Conference pins and packets and commiserated before a hot buffet breakfast. APRO’s Executive Director Bill Keese and APRO’s President Mark Connelly gave a warm welcome before an informational briefing provided by APRO’s Deputy Executive Director Richard May, APRO’s Legal Counsel Ed Winn and APRO Board Member Matt Grynwald. Members were given tips and outlines for their congressional meetings before heading out for the day. Over 100 meetings were scheduled in efforts to forge relationships, ensure that rental stores remain open and that satisfied customers continue to embrace the rent-to-own transaction.
After a long day of meetings members gathered for a reception and dinner at the immaculate Mansion on O Street sponsored by RentDirect Nationwide. The unique evening began with a self-guided tour of this amazing home and museum, followed by dinner. APRO’s President Mark Connelly and APRO Board Member Sandi Frye handed out special Dave Egan Legislative Conference pins to State Association Presidents in attendance. APRO’s Immediate Past President Gary Ferriman and APRO Board Member Jamie Slatton gave a special toast to APRO’s Executive Director Bill Keese honoring his dedication to the RTO industry over the years.
Members spent the last day of the conference meeting with members of congress before heading back home. APRO’s 2017 Dave Egan Legislative Conference was truly a memorable time. Stay tuned for more coverage on the congressional meetings.
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