APRO member Buddy’s Home Furnishings recently donated $20,000 to the Duke University Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center to support the Center’s extraordinary work. Established in 1937, the Brain Tumor Center was one of the country’s first brain tumor research and clinical programs. Based in Durham, North Carolina, the Center welcomes 800 new adult, Read More

APRO member RNR of Missouri, in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, partnered for a fifth year with Missouri’s St. Francis Medical Center to raise funds for the Pink Up Foundation – a nonprofit arm of St. Francis Healthcare created to ensure cancer-prevention screenings for its community. According to the Foundation, four, Read More

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The pandemic isn’t over yet, either health-wise or economy-wise. Supply-chain issues continue to plague many businesses – including rent-to-own – as we speed toward the holiday season. So APRO did a rental dealer “pulse check,” and asked: How will your business make the most of Black Friday this year? “We put several items on, Read More

The APRO Code of Ethics was created alongside the association in 1980, written by the first APRO members to establish a set of guidelines consistent with what they felt should be ingrained in the industry’s values, priorities, and ethical standards. Today, this 14-point Code of Ethics endures as the defining guidance that APRO members agree, Read More

Kansas-based Mike Strong Inc., dba Mike’s Rent-to-Own is finishing 2021 strong, with the acquisition of two rent-to-own companies comprising six locations. With two of the new six rolled into existing Mike’s stores, the company has expanded to 13 stores throughout the state. Mike’s, founded by Mike Strong in 1981, acquired A Full House –, Read More

In coordination with Cybersecurity Awareness Month, APRO recently held a webinar – Essential Cybersecurity Practices: Ensuring Your Business is Safe from Attack. The featured speaker was Mark Kirby, a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). A retired Air Force veteran, Kirby is CISA’s Cybersecurity State Coordinator for Arkansas, and works, Read More

The Iowa-Nebraska Rental Dealers Association [INRDA] held its 5th Annual Meeting in-person, in mid-October, in Omaha, Nebraska. The full morning meeting and lunch provided all participants with opportunities to learn a little something and do a little industry networking. TRIB Group Executive Director Dennis Shields kicked off the meeting, followed by a presentation on, Read More

Daniel Roderick Chaudoir, 65, of Grafton, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2021. Dan was the former President, CEO, and Sole Owner of APRO Associate Member Central File Marketing. Dan Chaudoir began his rent-to-own career in 1979, and became interested in improving direct mail marketing for the industry. Unimpressed with general mass mailings, Read More

The Heartland of America Regional RTO Trade Show & Seminar was held in early October; more than 90 rental dealers and over 50 vendors attended the three-day event, held at the Lodge of Four Seasons Resort in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Bass-fishing and golf tournaments launched the event’s “heart-y” itinerary. Despite following a 1,500+-boat bass, Read More