The Oklahoma Rental Dealers Association (ORDA)’s third annual Route 66 Meeting & Tradeshow was held October 7-8 in Tulsa. The event featured RTO industry updates and insights from rent-to-own heavy-hitters, including “the Reverend of Rent-to-Own,” APRO Hall of Honor member Larry Sutton, as well as a poker tournament, welcome reception, trade show, education and training, roundtable sessions and board of director elections. This year’s Route 66 attendees included representatives from 16 vendors and 13 ORDA member companies, with rental dealers traveling from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The trade show was also impressive, totaling more than $500,000 in sales. Sutton pumped up participants with a typically motivational presentation, chocked full of valuable industry insights. “Everyone walked away knowing Sutton’s motto, ‘Changed lives change lives,’” says ORDA president Clifford ‘Chip’ Guy. “It was great to hear such a positive outlook on our customers and employees.” The meeting closed with an Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit briefing. Thus far Oklahoma has a meritorious record with only five complaints filed in the past three years, all of which have been resolved. The ODCC commended the association for doing a great job and were proud of how the association adhere to their guidelines. Bill Hobbs with Rent 1st won the poker tournament, receiving a trophy and $250. James Selby and Zack Beckham with C&L Supply won ORDA Vendor of the Year, receiving a trophy. ORDA’s re-elected board of directors are: Clifford ‘Chip’ Guy, president; Dave Miller, vice president; Todd Homberger, secretary; and JD Eply, treasurer.