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MRDA Makes Special Announcement at Annual Meeting

MRDA President Scott Mitchell and MRDA Past President John Cleek, Jr.

The Missouri Rental Dealers Association [MRDA] met this week for its 15th Annual Heartland of America Regional Trade Show and Seminar in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The event’s highly anticipated 4-Man Golf Scramble and Bass Fishing Tournament went, on rain or shine, with record-breaking bass caught. The awards dinner was short and sweet as it coincided with this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (Go Blues!) but closed with the announcement of new MRDA president Scott Mitchell of All American Rental. After 10 years, the torch was passed from former MRDA president John Cleek, Jr. of Cleek’s Home Furnishings to Mitchell.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments that this association has made. During the time that I have served, we have won four APRO State Association of the Year awards, and seven overall since the award was originated in 1991,” shares Cleek. “I very much appreciate all of the board members and vendors and think it’s time for a change. Scott is a great person who runs an outstanding family business. He is a man of high integrity and morals and will do an excellent job in taking this association forward.” Cleek will remain on the MRDA board of directors and serve as immediate past president.

MRDA 2019 attendees kicked off the regional trade show with a President’s Party hosted by outgoing president John Cleek, Jr.

Special guests Gary Romine, Owner of Show Me RTO and Past Missouri State Senator (District 3), and Moriah Eberhart, APRO Member Engagement and Business Development Manager, spoke at the MRDA Dinner. Romine, who has also served as MRDA and APRO president, provided a Missouri state of the industry update and discussed the importance of government relations on a local level. Eberhart introduced herself and thanked the association for the warm welcome. She also shared details about the upcoming RTO World 2019 scheduled for August 6-8 in Louisville along with debuting the APRO Legislative Conference video that included highlights from this year’s conference and the importance of why we go to our nation’s capital year after year.

This year’s event also included product trainings presented by Bill French and Martin “Elvis” Valdez of O’Rourke Sales Company and Dan Anderson, Mike Kays, Gary Jones, Michael Philips, Ron Reyering, Wes Slay and Jamee Thompson of Ashley Furniture. A PAC raffle drawing was held during the three days that gave away thousands of dollars in prizes and gift cards.

Bass Fishing Tournament first place winners Dan Cole and Steve Braning of National RTO.

MRDA’s newly elected and re-elected directors are Scott Micthell, president; Aaron Windsor, vice president; John Cleek, Jr., immediate past president; and board members Michael Bowman, Cindy Boyers, Steve Braning, John “Tiger” Cleek, Sr., Dan Cole, Greg Humphrey, Mary Humphrey, Kevin Hollaway, Macy Mitchell, Curtis Moke, Jerry Pinkley, Rick Rineberg, Gary Romine, Kevin Welker and Mark Windsor.

Click here to see more photos of the 2019 MRDA Heartland of America Regional Trade Show and Seminar.

Golf Tournament Winners

1st Place: Paul Gibbons, Steve Gibbons, Rick Rineberg and Langley Johnson
Closest to Pin: James MacAlpine
Women’s Longest Drive: Ann Cleek
Men’s Longest Drive: Wade Burton
Longest Putt: Daryl Rodeman
Closest to Pin: Wade Burton

Bass Fishing Tournament Winners

1st Place: Dan Cole and Steve Braning
keepers; 17.28 lb total weight

2nd Place: Ron Reyering and Vic Lombardo
6 keepers; 17.27 lb total weight

3rd Place: Michael Key and Michael Phillips
6 keepers; 15.06 lb total weight

4th Place: Aaron Windsor and Brian Beauchamp
6 keepers; 12.83 lb total weight

Biggest Bass: Vic Lombardo
4.13 lbs

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