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RTO World 2019 Speaker Spotlight: The Kale Trifecta!

We are excited to bring the Kale family to RTO World 2019Chris Kale, Sr., Chris Kale, Jr., and Jeff Kale will be speaking together at their RTO Educational Session, Breaking Barriers: 5 Ideas to Create New Revenue Streams and Retain Key Employees. You won’t want to miss these three sharing five innovative concepts for new ventures and ideas at convention. 

Dealers and Owners Track
Breaking Barriers: 5 Ideas to Create New Revenue Streams and Retain Key Employees
Tuesday, August 6
2:45 – 3:35 PM

Chris Kale, Sr., joined Tampa-based RTO pioneer Buddy Bi-Rite straight out of college in 1983. After his first year, he was promoted to a Store Manager position and quickly became a Buddy’s District Manager. Kale, Sr., was instrumental in helping Buddy’s grow from a small 6-store company into a profitable 28-store chain. In 1996, he co-opened the first RENT KING that has now grown into a successful chain with 20 locations. He has also served five years as the President of the Florida Rental Dealers Association and served on the APRO board of directors for the past two years. You can read more details about Chris Kale, Sr., in the 2015 Year in Review of RTOHQ: The Magazine.

Early on, Chris Kale, Jr., gained exposure to the RTO industry by working with his father as a delivery truck driver. After graduating from college with a finance degree, Kale, Jr., launched Happy’s Home Centers, Inc., with his brother, Jeff Kale, in 2019. Jeff also earned a finance degree and together they joined forces toward the same career path as their dad. Today, the Kale brothers oversee the day-to-day operations of 13 Happy’s Home Centers locations in Tampa Bay and Jacksonville, Florida. Outside of the business, Kale, Jr., serves as the Vice President of TRIB Group and is on the Florida Rental Dealers Association board of directors. Read more about the Kale brothers in the Generation Now feature in the 2017 Winter issue of RTOHQ: The Magazine where they talk about getting into the RTO industry for themselves rather than as the ‘boss’s sons.’


The cutoff date for RTO World hotel room blocks has now passed, but if you need assistance, contact APRO at 800/204-2776, Register for both your hotel and the convention now to secure your spot at RTO World

CHANGE OF PLANS? Do not contact the RTO World host hotels, the Marriott or the Hyatt, directly for room changes and/or cancellations. Contact APRO for assistance at 800/204-2776,

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