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Announcing General Session Keynote Speaker JD Smith

JD Smith, Chief Operations Officer of Aarons, Inc.

RTO World is proud to announce the 2019 RTO World General Session Keynote SpeakerJD Smith, Chief Operations Officer of Aarons, Inc. He will share his own personal story that will motivate and inspire everyone in attendance. With more than 25 years of working in multiple industries and leading teams across 10 functional areas, Smith has experienced tremendous success, learned some lessons from a few setbacks and gained some valuable skills and experiences along the way. He learned a lesson about accelerating performance applicable to any organization or industry – organizations don’t transform BEFORE people do. Therefore, he says leadership matters. His leadership approach is to inspire people both individually and collectively as a team, to empower, and unleash their greatness to achieve extraordinary results. 

Smith joined Aaron’s as Chief Operations Officer, Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership in January 2018. Prior to joining Aaron’s, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Rize Holdings, LLC, a PE-backed restaurant operating company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Temple, University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

RTO World Education General Session
Wednesday, August 7
9:00 – 9:50 AM


Online registration rates increase soon – all rates will increase by $100.

The RTO World hotel room block is also filling fast! Register for both your hotel and the convention now to secure your spot at RTO World. The Marriott is now SOLD OUT of King rooms, but still has plenty of Double rooms. Book yours today. If you have difficulty getting intoRTO World room blocks, contact APRO at 800/204-2776,

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