Rent-to-own professionals will experience a world of difference at next year’s industry-wide RTO summer convention. APRO and TRIB Group are joining forces to present RTO World 2018: The National Rent-to-Own Convention and Trade Show, August 21–23 in St. Louis, Missouri. The two organizations are collaborating on a single event that will be unlike any other in the history of the RTO industry, combining the unique assets that each group brings to the table. “RTO World combines the strengths of both organizations,” says APRO Executive Director Jill McClure. “It will be a larger show, bringing in each organization’s members and vendors, some of whom belong to both APRO and TRIB Group, and will also include new vendors and a larger base of RTO professionals. It’s the right timing for something new and innovative that will re-energize the industry.” “We are very pleased to host, along with APRO, RTO World 2018,” TRIB Group Executive Director Dennis Shields says. “Its launch is the culmination of many months of discussions and meetings.” APRO members, TRIB Group members and RTO-industry vendors have repeatedly mentioned the increased number of industry events as a concern that drains time and resources. A single summer event hosted by both groups has been an ongoing discussion among industry leaders for several years, and over the past year, representatives from both APRO and TRIB Group ironed out details to make RTO World a reality. The APRO/TRIB Group committee comprises both organizations’ executive directors and board chairpersons, as well as additional members from both boards: APRO Executive Director Jill McClure, TRIB Group Executive Director Dennis Shields, APRO President Louis Garcia and TRIB Group President Shannon Strunk, along with Larry Carrico, Dan Fisher, David Harrison, Ernie Lewallen and Mike Tissot. A new name to brand an exciting collaboration of this magnitude was in order. “RTO World conveys that this is the preeminent rent-to-own industry event of the year—one that is inclusive, broader in scope and focuses on ensuring the rent-to-own industry’s health and vitality for years to come,” McClure says. Mark your calendars now—August 21–23, 2018—and prepare yourself for a whole new world of rent-to-own.