The Illinois Rental Dealers Association held its annual meeting October 25 in Springfield, IL. This year’s meeting participation was up by 30 percent from 2017, breaking the association’s all-time highest record for attendance and comprising an equitable representation of store managers, regional/district managers and owners/dealers. The highlight of the event was the Lifetime of, Read More

The APRO Board of Directors and the APRO Vendor Advisory Committee met this week for the organization’s annual fall board meeting and committee meetings. For two productive days, meetings focused on aligning each of the APRO committee’s work with the goals outlined in the strategic plan created earlier this year. APRO’s strategic plan provides, Read More

St. Louis-based Rent One held its 2018 Delivery Tech Rodeo Finals on October 17 at the Rent One Service Center in Mount Vernon, IL. The finals brought eleven winning regional teams from the company’s 86 stores to battle it out for the title of Rent One 2018 Champions and bragging rights for the year., Read More

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RNR Tire Express (RNR) announced an initiative to celebrate inspiring breast-cancer survivors or fighters. Throughout October, family members and friends are invited to nominate breast-cancer survivors or fighters for the chance to win a new set of tires, a $1,000 cash prize, and a VIP spa day, Read More

APRO member and SmartWay/SmartWheels owner Ben Bost passed away on October 17th at the age of 43. Bost supported the rent-to-own industry by participating in APRO conventions, and serving on the TRIB Group board of directors. In November 2017, he suffered two strokes that left him a quadriplegic, but lived the past eleven months, Read More

RNR Tire Express, a leader in rent-to-own custom wheels and tires, has been ranked as one of the top 500 largest franchises in the U.S. in 2018 by Franchise Times magazine. RNR is the highest-ranked rent-to-own franchise on the list, recognizing the brand’s growth and success fueled by RNR’s advancements – entering new markets, Read More

Ashley Furniture has partnered with the Trempealeau Valley Cooperative to provide cutting-edge equipment and curriculum in the areas of electronics, manufacturing processes, automation and robotics to its four local school districts in Arcadia, Blair-Taylor, Independence and Whitehall. This more than $3 million investment was made by Ashley Furniture to provide students with the opportunity, Read More

The Oklahoma Rental Dealers Association (ORDA)’s third annual Route 66 Meeting & Tradeshow was held October 7-8 in Tulsa. The event featured RTO industry updates and insights from rent-to-own heavy-hitters, including “the Reverend of Rent-to-Own,” APRO Hall of Honor member Larry Sutton, as well as a poker tournament, welcome reception, trade show, education and, Read More

Rent One’s nine-series Delivery Tech Rodeo continues with competitions held for the company’s regions 10 in Jefferson City, Missouri; 9 in Emporia, Kansas; and 11 in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 25-27. The three rodeos were comprised of a consistent agenda including hands-on events such as Rent One trivia, delivery and return of products, customer, Read More

Last week, Full-O-Pep Appliances Inc., dba American Rental’s APRO Executive Committee Member David P. David and Board Member Dennis Adams hosted Indiana Senator Todd Young at the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. Their goal was to tell the rent-to-own story so Young would have a better understanding of the RTO industry. The visit began, Read More