The Department of Labor reported this week that a record 6.65 million people filed for unemployment from March 22 to March 28. It was the largest single-week increase in unemployment claims in American history, and that number is expected to rise even higher in the coming weeks. U.S. employers reported cutting 701,000 jobs in, Read More

After 35 years in the rent-to-own industry, newly retired Overland Park, Kansas, resident George Ramel has put away his order book and is contemplating his first-ever visit to the wide-open spaces of the Northern Plains and other locations in the U.S. that he and his wife Angie have never visited. “We have three children, Read More

APRO dealer members from 24 States came together on Monday on the Industry Support Line call via video conference to hear updated information from several panelists concerning the Coronavirus, and to discuss what’s happening in their area and in their stores. The video conference, which lasted almost 2 hours, had participation from 36 rental, Read More

Benefit Marketing Solutions (BMS) and PTS Financial Services have long been on the leading edge of developing products and supports that meet rent-to-own customers’ diverse needs. Both companies provide club membership programs that help RTO business owners promote customer satisfaction, enhance customer loyalty, encourage customer retention and repeat transactions, and generate goodwill in the, Read More

On March 13, 2020, Mike Wood, of LG Electronics USA Inc. (LG), officially retired. Mike has served as the account manager of Home Entertainment West Regional Sales for LG. Clay Miller is his named replacement. Wood is excited about the transition and wishes Miller the best of luck while also noting he will be supporting, Read More

Our commitment to the health and safety of our members and communities is our highest priority, as we have decided to postpone the APRO Legislative Conference, scheduled for April 28-30, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the event. If you have additional questions, please contact or call toll free at, Read More

March 17, 2020, Lutz, Florida – Brandon Avery Collins, a 2019 APRO Education Scholarship recipient, has his sights set on the stars.  An undergraduate majoring in electrical engineering at the University of South Florida (USF), Brandon has been enamored with construction and deconstruction since he was very young. As he progressed through high school,, Read More

February 2020, Atlanta, Georgia – Longtime APRO member John D. Blair, a current member of APRO’s Vendor Advisory Committee, was recently honored by TRIB Group at its 2020 Meeting of the Minds in Atlanta. TRIB Group renamed its prestigious Hall of Honor the “John B. Blair Hall of Honor” in recognition of Blair’s many, Read More

Atlanta – Emerging RTO professionals had a unique opportunity to examine their future career trajectories in a breakout session at the TRIB Group’s Homecoming Meeting of the Minds last month in the Georgia state capital. Adam Stark, partner of Florida-based Happy’s Home Centers Inc., moderated the “Make Your Mark in Today’s Rent-To-Own Industry” discussion,, Read More

APRO member RNR Tire Express (RNR) recently experienced a growth spurt. The tire and custom wheel franchise signed an agreement to open 25 new locations in Indiana over the next five years. The first location will open in Anderson and Muncie this spring. The agreement will also bring RNR Tire Express to Kokomo, Marion and Fort Wayne., Read More