Missouri Rental Dealers Association Wrap 14th Annual Trade Show in Lake Ozark
The Missouri Rental Dealers Association wrapped its three-day annual regional trade show and seminar on Thursday, June 14. More than 140 rental dealers and 15 vendor companies from five states in the Midwest gathered in Lake of the Ozarks for networking, educational product seminars, golf and bass fishing tournaments, an awards banquet and a trade show offering MRDA exclusive specials.
At the awards banquet, MRDA President John Cleek, Jr., welcomed attendees and introduced the state associations board members: Aaron Windsor, Vice President; Scott Mitchell, Secretary/Treasurer; Cindy Boyers, “Tiger” John Cleek, Dan Cole, Mark Connelly, Kevin Hollaway, Macy Mitchell, Tom Moore, Jerry Pinkley, Gary Romine, Joe Laney, Tim Mayer, Kevin Walker and Mark Windsor. Cleek made a special recognition honoring former board member Chuck Kuluva for his dedication to the association and the industry. Kuluva announced retirement early this year and has sold his company, Rental City Inc., to industry veteran Rick Rineberg.
Also at the banquet, Show Me RTO Owner, MRDA Past President, APRO Past President Senator (District 3) Gary Romine provided a Missouri state of the industry update and discussed the importance of government relations on a local level. MRDA keynote speaker, APRO Executive Director Jill McClure shared details about the inaugural RTO World 2018: The National Rent-To-Own Convention and Trade Show August 21-23 in St. Louis along with an update on APRO’s legislative monitoring, strategic planning and the APRO Education Scholarship Fund.
Cleek closed with a special announcement notifying attendees that Ken Steiner has decided not to retire at this time, and will continue to serve the state association in his role as MRDA Executive Director. “This guy right here—does a lot of work to make this event everything that it is,” says Cleek. “Without him, this event would not be possible. Thank you, Ken, for everything you do.”
Golf Tournament Winners
1st Place: Thomas Cleek, James Evans, Langley Johnson and Gary Romine
Closest to Pin: Mark Windsor
Women’s Longest Drive: Kathy Windsor
Men’s Longest Drive: Thomas Cleek
Longest Putt: Thomas Cleek
Closest to Pin: Paul Gibbons
Bass Fishing Tournament Winners
1st Place: Dan Cole and Steve Braning
4 keepers; 7.18 lb total weight
2nd Place: Ron Reyering and Vic Lombardo
4 keepers; 4.35 lb total weight
3rd Place: Tiger Cleek and John Cleek, Jr.
2 keepers; 2.84 lb total weight
4th Place: Bruce Manning and Shawn Oligschlaeger
2 keepers; 2.69 lb total weight