Florida Rental Dealers Strengthen Bonds in Tallahassee During Legislative Conference

FRDA members meet with Representative Jackie Toledo (R–Tampa, District 60). Pictured L to R: Sharon Tomaszewski, Chris Kale, Sr., Chris Kale, Jr., Rep. Jackie Toledo, and Jan Arnett.

Members of the Florida Rental Dealers Association [FRDA] assembled in Tallahassee on March 27 for the group’s annual legislative conference. Attendees met with state senators and representatives throughout the day after a morning briefing with FRDA Lobbyist to discuss legislative priorities of the current session and to weigh-in on a few items relative to rent-to-own daily practices.

“It’s always a good trip when we can meet with state representatives and simply tell our story,” says Chris Kale, Jr., FRDA board member.

In addition to attending APRO’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., members of FRDA have been meeting at their state capitol in part of their grassroots efforts to strengthen bonds with Florida elected officials. FRDA finds that the additional one-on-one meetings make a positive impact on the industry at the state level as well as a whole. “I have been in this business for 40 years and taking the time to meet with these folks goes a long way,” shares longtime FRDA member Jan Arnett, Z-Best Rentals. “Each year we see the benefit of these relationships. It’s a great thing.”

FRDA President Sharon Tomaszewski and FRDA board members will also be in attendance at this week’s APRO Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of its state association.