The backbone of any successful association is a solid leadership team coming together to move forward with a common purpose. We are pleased to present the teams who will be the 2019-2020 backbone of APRO.
Elected in front of their peers at the APRO Awards Luncheon during RTO World 2019 on August 6, the 2019-2020 Board of Directors come with a plethora of background and experience. Congratulations to new board members: Michael Bennett, Buddy’s Home Furnishings; Phillip Bumbry, Mid-Atlantic-WolfPack, dba Aaron’s; and Chad Fosdick, CR Fosdick Ent. Inc., dba Premier Rental-Purchase. Re-elected for another term were board members Dennis Adams, Full-O-Pep Appliances Inc. dba American Rental; Louis Garcia, RTO Advantage Consulting, David Harrison, Rental Concepts, LCC dba RNR Tire Express; Robbie Kamerschen, Aaron’s Inc.; and Gopal Reddy, Action Development Corp., dba Aaron’s. The following are serving the second year of their two-year term: Joe Gazzo, Bi-Rite Company Inc., dba Buddy’s; Shirin Kanji, Impact RTO Holdings, dba Rent-A-Center; Jonathan Rose, RNR of Virginia, LLC dba RNR Tire Express; and Adam Sutton, Rent-n-Roll LCC, RNR Tire Express.
The newly elected or re-elected board members, along with those who are serving the second year of their two-year term, elected APRO’s executive committee. Chris Kale, Sr., President was elected president; Trent Agin was elected First Vice President; David P. David was re-elected Secretary; Terah Vail was elected Treasurer; and Louis Garcia will remain on the board as immediate past president.
In addition to the advisement of APRO board members, the APRO Vendor Advisory Committee sets the direction and helps with many of the specifics of RTO World—the National Rent-to-Own Convention & Trade Show—while providing an important link between vendors and dealers. Congratulations to newly elected and re-elected APRO Vendor Advisory Committee: Al Benson, Central File Marketing; Donna DiTrani, High Touch Technologies; Rob Feliciano, Gemini Sound; Gary Jones, Ashley Furniture Industries; Kelly McClellan, L2 Corporation; Greg Skinner, Leopard Mobility; and Lauren Talicska, Wowbrands. The following are serving the second year of their two-year term: Bill French, O’Rourke Sales Company; John Blair, PTS Direct Benefits & Tax Services; Michael Helton, Rivero, Gordimer & Company P.A.; David Kaye, Benefit Marketing Solutions; and Marty Smith, RES Accessories.
This year, APRO is also excited to introduce the newly formed APRO Emerging Leaders Council [ELC]. The APRO ELC is a small, active group of member volunteer leaders rising in the RTO industry who help drive new ideas and programs for APRO that benefit the RTO industry as it continues to adapt and transform. Congratulations to its inaugural members: Dale Anderson, III, Jaguar Holdings LLC, dba Eagle Rental-Purchase; Jessica Mahon, Countryside Rentals, dba Rent-2-Own; Sachin Rama, Impact RTO Holdings; William Lee Rappold, Summit Capital Partners dba Rent-A-Center; Adam Stark, Happy’s Home Centers; and Matthew Warren, RNR Tire Express. Stay tuned for more details and bio’s on these new candidates coming soon!