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islandtimeMay 9-11 | Galveston Island, Texas

You asked and we delivered! After the Fuse 2015 convention in Daytona Beach, APRO members urged us to return to the ocean. We searched the country to find a perfect location that featured the space, accessibility, attractions and quality you’ve come to expect at APRO events, and we found it on beautiful Galveston Island, Texas. Located just 50 minutes from Houston, this subtropical paradise offers 32 miles of beaches, a region rich in history and culture, unique shopping and a variety of world-class attractions to make your meeting far from ordinary. Offering sweeping views of the Gulf’s sparkling waters, the Galveston Island Convention Center is the perfect spot for Fuse 2017: APRO’s National Rent-to-Own Convention & Trade Show, May 9–11.

What will rubbing shoulders with others in the RTO industry do for you?

  • Give you access to specific education tailored for the rent-to-own industry
  • Help you grow your career and your business
  • Offer amazing networking opportunities with other rental professionals
  • Give you access to specific education tailored for the rent-to-own industry
  • Bring you face-to-face with vendors offering great products at great prices for your stores
  • Update you on what’s happening in your industry
  • Help you protect your right to do business

San Luis Resort and Hilton Galveston Island Resort

APRO is offering two hotel choices in Galveston. The San Luis Resort is a world-class beauty with luxurious accommodations just a few blocks walk from the convention center. The Hilton Galveston Island Resort is also lovely and located right next to the convention center. Both offer complimentary parking and great dining options.

Thank you APRO 2017 Fuse Sponsors!

APRO 2017 Schedule and Social Events

2017 Schedule of Events                   Thank you to APRO’s 2017 Sponsors!

Monday, May 8

Beach Day! Come early to enjoy all Galveston has to offer!
2-5 p.m. Early registration and golf packet pick-up
3-8 p.m. Exhibitor early set-up
4-5 p.m. APRO Board Meeting
7 p.m. Bill Keese Retirement Dinner (optional ticketed event)

Tuesday, May 9

8 a.m.-5 p.m. APRO Registration
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Exhibitor set-up
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tom Kitchens Golf Classic
(sponsored by Whirlpool)
4 p.m. APRO Vendor Advisory Committee Election
5-6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and Turbo Mania Auction
(sponsored by TRIB Group/BrandSource)
7-9:30 p.m. Fuse 2017 Gala at Fisherman’s Wharf
(sponsored by RentDirect Nationwide)

Wednesday, May 10

7-9 a.m. Exhibitor set-up
8 a.m.-5 p.m. APRO Registration
7:30-8 a.m. APRO General Session Continental Breakfast
(sponsored by Rent-A-Center Franchising Int’l.)
8-9:15 a.m. APRO General Session and Business Meeting
(sponsored by Coaster Company)
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fuse Trade Show with Complimentary Champagne Welcome and Lunch
(Champagne Welcome sponsored by Million Dollar Rustic; Lunch sponsored by LG & Serta Simmons Bedding)
5-5:30 p.m. APRO Board Meeting to Elect Officers
5-9 p.m. Early exhibitor teardown
6:30-7 p.m. APRO Awards Reception
(sponsored by Protect-A-Bed)
7-9 p.m. APRO Awards Banquet
(sponsored by Ashley Furniture)

Thursday, May 11 – RTO Education Day

7:30-8:30 a.m. APRO Vendor Advisory Committee Meeting and Breakfast
8 a.m.-12 p.m. APRO Registration
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. RTO Education Day with Complimentary Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks
(Breakfast sponsored by Buddy’s Home Furnishings; Lunch sponsored by Whirlpool; Breaks sponsored by RES Accessories)
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitor tear down

Friday, May 12

Beach Day! Stay another day to enjoy all Galveston has to offer

Additional Sponsors
D&H Distributing: Pocket Show Guide
Benefit Marketing Solutions: bottled water and hotel keycards
Imagery Marketing Group: badges and lanyards
RTO Systems/Walter L. Clark & Associates, an Ascension Company: registration refreshments
TRIB Group/BrandSource: registration bags
Sealy: APRO app

APRO 2017 Social Events

Five social events—APRO’s Golf Classic, Welcome Reception, Gala at Fisherman’s Wharf, The Awards Banquet and Reception, and Bill Keese’s Retirement Party—will make Fuse 2017 the perfect
opportunity to network with colleagues while enjoying delicious island fare and delightful entertainment. Connecting with fellow RTO professionals is one of the prime benefits of APRO membership. “I have never attended a meeting that gives me the opportunity to hear from, and speak with, others in the RTO business who possess the knowledge and experience of those at the APRO Convention,” says Bestway’s Rick Lillard.

APRO Tom Kitchens Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Whirlpool
Tuesday, May 9
8 a.m.
Moody Gardens Golf Course
1700 Sydnor Lane
Galveston, TX 77554

This beautiful waterfront golf course will get you in the mood for some seaside fun. Designed by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design, a renowned firm drawing on the expertise of PGA Tour professionals Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, Moody Gardens is one of the best public courses in Texas. Measuring 6,900 yards from the back tees, the it is designed to be player-friendly, with five sets of tees to accommodate all playing abilities. Space in the Tom Kitchens Golf Classic is limited, so register early. The cost is only $100 per player. A limited number of rental clubs will be available at the course for those with advance reservations.

Welcome Reception and Turbo Mania Auction

Sponsored by TRIB Group/BrandSource
Tuesday, May 9
5-6:30 p.m.
Convention Center Grand Ballroom

Pick up your bidding paddle and enjoy a cocktail or two with friends old and new while getting in on some great deals offered only during APRO’s high-energy Turbo Mania Auction. Casual attire; complimentary bar.

Gala at Fisherman's Wharf

Sponsored by RentDirect Nationwide
Tuesday, May 9
7-9:30 p.m.
Fisherman’s Wharf

APRO’s popular gala will be held at one of the best seafood restaurants in Galveston, Fisherman’s Wharf, located next to the island’s historic Strand District, the Tall Ship Elissa and the Galveston Cruise Terminal. A legacy of great seafood since the 1940s, the site originally housed a shrimp and fish processing facility, a vintage tin building where mountains of Gulf Coast shrimp were readied for shipments across the country. Galveston shrimp was served to President John F. Kennedy at the White House. It is considered by many to be the finest in the world. Dance to music provided by a live band while you enjoy an array of seafood delights, an open bar and a gorgeous Gulf Coast sunset. Casual “seaside” attire—more like Gilligan, less like Thurston Howell III. Heavy hors d’oeuvre; complimentary bar.

APRO Awards Evening

Wednesday, May 10
Convention Center Grand Ballroom
Reception 6:30-7 p.m.
Sponsored by Protect-A-Bed
Banquet 7-9 p.m.
Sponsored by Ashley Furniture

Help honor some of the rent-to-own industry’s finest during APRO’s Awards Banquet, where trophies will be bestowed for Rental Dealer of the Year, the President’s Award of Excellence, Vendor of the Year, State Association of the Year and more. Catch up with colleagues during the Awards Reception, then enjoy an elegant dinner while recognizing those who, over the past year or over the course of a lifetime, have gone the extra mile to help the rent-to-own industry thrive. Semi-formal evening attire; open bar during the reception, cash bar during dinner.

Bill Keese Retirement Dinner (optional ticketed event)

Monday, May 8
Bryan Museum
7-9 p.m.


Bill Keese, APRO’s executive director since 1989, will be retiring in July. For those who know Bill and want to wish him a fond farewell, please join us for a nostalgic evening sharing memories of an RTO industry leader who has helped protect and shape rent-to-own for the past three decades. The dinner will be held at the Bryan Museum (, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork—70,000 items in total—relating to Texas and the American West. This event is included with full registration, but you must be pre-registered to attend. A ticket will be required for admission.
If you register with the paper form, please check the appropriate box on your form if you plan to attend.
If you register online, please contact Laurie Hill to reserve your ticket.

APRO 2017 Education Day

Fuse 2017 will offer all that RTO professionals have come to expect from an APRO show, and then some. The slate of speakers for RTO Education Day, May 11, is being battened down. Rest assured that this year’s RTO Education Day alone will be worth your island time. As one Fuse 2016 attendee put it: “We brought a team of 11 and they were very excited about what they saw and learned. It’s a huge shot in the arm for our team!”

Stayed tuned for more details!

APRO’s 2017 Trade Show

Galveston Island Convention Center
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday, May 10sanddollar

Fuse 2017 Trade Show will feature all of the great deals on new products and services that you have come to expect from the association’s extraordinary array of RTO-industry-supporting vendors. Not only will you find great deals on the trade show floor, but once again APRO is offering rental dealers the best deals in the industry with the APRO Turbo Mania Auction. Come prepared to save some money on your second quarter purchases!

As Bestway’s Justin Kraemer says, “APRO helps give me confidence in the products that we are choosing. Getting to hear from other RTO dealers about what items are moving in their area helps us stay relevant with our product line-up.”

If you’re hungry for more than just great deals, we’ve got you covered. The Trade Show will include a complimentary champagne welcome and lunch in the exhibit hall.

The Trade Show is located in the Galveston Island Convention Center, which is next door to APRO’s host hotel, the Hilton Galveston Island Resort, and a two-block walk from the San Luis Resort, making for a convenient, accessible stroll from one locale to the other.

Click here to access APRO’s 2017 Trade Show Floor Plan

APRO 2017 Accommodations and Registration

Hilton Galveston Island Resort and San Luis Resort

APRO’s 2017 Conference Hotel, the Hilton Galveston Island Resort, is situated next to the Galveston Island Convention Center. You can also take advantage of a more spa like setting at the San Luis Resort, which is just a two block walk from the convention center.


Hilton Galveston Island Resort $159
Located next to convention center
409/744-5000 [Group code APRO]

San Luis Resort $169
Located two blocks from convention center
800/392-5937 [Group code APRO17]

Hotel deadline: Saturday, April 10, 2017
Official APRO hotel reservations will be available through APRO only. If you receive a telephone solicitation for hotel rooms, it is not from APRO! Please be sure to book your hotel only in the APRO room block to be eligible for discounted registration rates. APRO goes to great lengths to procure the lowest hotel rates for our members and booking your room outside the APRO block can have serious financial consequences for your association. If you have any questions please contact Shelley Martinek at APRO 512/225-1041 or


APRO Registration

Attendees: Click here to register online, or click here to download a registration form

Exhibitors: Click here to download an exhibitor badge and golf form

Registration deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017

APRO Member Full Registration (includes all functions except the golf tournament)

$495 With
valid hotel confirmation
$595 Without
valid hotel confirmation

Non-APRO Member Full Registration (includes all functions except the Golf Tournament)

$595 With
valid hotel confirmation
$695 Without
valid hotel confirmation

Spouse/Guest (non-industry)

$195 With
valid hotel confirmation
$195 Without
valid hotel confirmation
(This registration is available to the spouse or significant other of a full registrant. Includes all functions except the Golf Tournament.)

Limited Registration

$295 With
valid hotel confirmation
$295 Without
valid hotel confirmation
(This registration is available only to store managers and employees with one full registration from same company. Does not include Golf Tournament, Fisherman’s Wharf Gala Party, Awards Reception and Banquet.)

Exhibit Hall Only

$75 With
valid hotel confirmation
$75 Without
valid hotel confirmation
Exhibit Hall admission with lunch
(Exhibit Hall Only badge will NOT allow admission into any other APRO convention events)*Non-exhibiting vendors are prohibited from soliciting at the APRO Convention.

A La Carte Pricing (APRO member and non-member)

Tom Kitchens Golf Outing, Tuesday, May 9 $100.00
Fisherman’s Whart Gala Party Ticket (included with all full registrations- do not purchase if you are purchasing a full registration) $150.00
Awards Banquet and Reception Ticket (included with all full registrations- do not purchase if you are purchasing a full registration) $150.00

APRO 2017 Convention Checklist


– If you are flying to Houston Hobby or Bush Intercontinental, book your flights early to get the lowest fares.  Check Google Flights or Southwest Airlines for good deals.
  • Hobby Airport is most convenient for travel to Galveston; it is located 41 miles (a 48-minute drive) north of the Island.
  • Bush Intercontinental Airport is located just 70 miles (one hour and 20 minutes driving) northwest of Galveston

– Book your room by April 10 at either of APRO’s host hotels, the Hilton Galveston Island Resort or the San Luis Resort. You will need your hotel confirmation number to get the significantly discounted convention registration rate.

– Register for the convention by April 24. You can register online or by filling out and faxing/mailing/scan-emailing the printed registration form. With valid hotel confirmation number APRO members receive full registration for just $495 per person.  See registration form for more information.

Contact Information

1504 Robinhood Trail
Austin, Texas 78703
(800) 204-2776

General inquiries about Fuse 2017:
Shelley Martinek, CMP
APRO Senior Director Member Services
(800) 204-2776, ext. 109
Email Shelley

Inquiries about exhibiting and/or advertising:
Cindy Ferguson, CEM, CMP
APRO Senior Director Sales & Marketing
(800) 204-2776, ext. 107
Email Cindy

Convention Center:
Galveston Island Convention Center
5600 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston Island, Texas 77554
(409) 941-1010

Golf Tournament:
Moody Gardens Golf Course
1700 Sydnor Lane
Galveston, TX 77554

Area Information:

Exhibitors: Click here to download an exhibitor badge and golf form

Click here for complete accommodations and registration information.

Fuse 2017: APRO's Rent-to-Own National Convention & Trade Show

If you want to create a relationship with rent-to-own buyers that will bring returns throughout the entire year, Fuse 2017: APRO’s Trade Show is an unequaled opportunity. APRO is respected as the official voice of the rent-to-own industry. Your support of, and affiliation with, the national RTO trade association puts you in an exceptional position to reach key decision-makers in the industry.

If you want to sell or launch new products and engage buyers, nothing compares to the power of face-to-face interaction at Fuse Trade Show. APRO buyers come to see furniture, appliances, electronics, jewelry and services–you name it. If it has anything to do with the rent-to-own industry, they want to see it.

From start to finish–all under one roof–it’s there. Will you be there?

More than 400 rent-to-own professionals from across the country–most of them with buying power–are expected on Galveston Island in May for networking opportunities, education and to learn about and purchase the latest products and services available to RTO companies. If you want to sell or launch new products and engage buyers in this expanding industry, nothing compares to the power of the face-to-face interactions that make this show essential. Don’t miss your opportunity to maximize exposure to key buyers in the RTO industry.

Fuse 2017 Sponsorship

One of the most effective ways to demonstrate support for rent-to-own is by becoming a sponsor of Fuse: APRO’s National Convention & Trade Show. Increase your company’s exposure, stimulate sales and increase your brand loyalty while supporting the business men and women who attend Fuse each year.

Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities

Fuse 2017 Trade Show Offers Many Advantages

  • Interact with prospects face-to-face and build relationships
  • Gain brand exposure and influence attendees’ buying decisions
  • Evaluate competitors and gather valuable market research
  • Stay up-to-date on trends and new developments
  • Network and learn from other industry professionals
  • Achieve marketing and sales objectives
  • Be a part of the rent-to-own family

Fuse 2017 Highlights

  • Two full registrations per booth
  • Year-round exposure with a free listing on APRO’s Fuse smartphone app
  • Networking opportunities at social events
  • One-day trade show–including Welcome Reception/Turbo Mania Auction
  • Free company listing in the Fuse 2017 Show Guide
  • Complimentary pre-registration list for pre-show marketing
  • Final post-show attendee list provided
  • Admittance to Fuse educational sessions

THE ESSENTIALS: Fuse 2017 Rent-to-Own Trade Show, May 9-11 in Galveston Island, Texas

Booth Fees

APRO associate member rates:
Standard 10 x 10 booth: $2,275
Two booths: $4,350
Three booths: $6,225
Four booths: $7,900
Five booths: $9,375
Six booths: $10,850
Four-booth island: $9,700
Six-booth island: $14,500
*$100 additional for corner booths
Non-member rates:
Standard 10 x 10 booth: $2,600
Two booths: $5,100
Three booths: $7,400
Four booths: $9,400
Five booths: $11,200
Six booths: $13,000
Four-booth island: $11,700
Six-booth island: $17,100
*$100 additional for corner booths

Exhibitor Schedule

Exhibitor Set-up:
3-8 p.m., Monday, May 8
9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 9
7-9 a.m., Wednesday, May 10
All exhibits must be completely ready by 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 10

Exhibit Hall Hours:
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, May 10

Exhibitor Tear-down:
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, May 11

Exhibitor Deadlines

March 1: Fuse Show Guide advertising space reservations due
March 20: Fuse Show Guide advertising materials due
March 31: Exhibitor registration deadline

Don’t pass on profiting from the rent-to-own event of the year!

For more information regarding exhibiting at the Fuse Trade Show, contact Cindy Ferguson by e-mail or by calling (800) 204-2776, ext. 107.