Fuse 2017: APRO’s National Rent-to-Own Convention is right around the corner and we have some tips on what to pack for your trip, May 9th through 11th. Here are some final reminders to make your trip the best ever.
- Dress for most events is Island Casual during the day with the exception of Bill Keese’s Retirement Dinner (optional, ticketed event) that is Island party attire and APRO’s Awards Banquet that is semi-formal evening attire.
- All events take place at the Galveston Island Convention Center unless otherwise noted.
- Fuse Registration/badge pickup will open Monday, May 8th at 2 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center, Level 1. If you did not pre-register, you can still register on-site when you arrive.
Click here to view the full Fuse 2017 schedule and registration information.
Flying into Houston? There are several transportation options from the airport.
- Hobby Airport is most convenient for travel to Galveston Island; it is located 41 miles (48-minute drive) north of the Island.
- Bush Intercontinental Airport is located just 70 miles (one hour and 20-minute drive) northwest Galveston.
For airport transportation options, click here and scroll down and select the “APRO 2017 Convention Checklist” pulldown menu for details.
Parking is complimentary at all facilities.
abc 17 KMIZ reported the following:
The 14th annual Bowling for Autism event was held Saturday at Town and Country Lanes in Columbia to raise money for a local nonprofit organization that provides services for families affected by the disorder.
All proceeds from the event, which also included a silent auction, go toward Easterseals Midwest.
John Cleek Jr., an event organizer who also has a son with autism, said the annual bowling event was expected to raise about $30,000 this year. Bowling for Autism has raised $330,000 since it began in 2003.
“I’m just very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over 14 years and hope to keep it going for many more years to come,” he said.
Easterseals Midwest also presented a $1,000 scholarship check for a participant who will be attending college in Missouri next semester.
Studies show 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Cleek said as the number of cases continue to grow so do the need for services.
“What they (Easterseals Midwest) do on a very limited budget is amazing,” he said. “This money just allows them to increase those services and buy additional equipment.”
April is Autism Awareness Month.
Benefit Marketing Solutions (“BMS”), is expanding their team through the recent hiring of Briana Arzola as Account Coordinator in the Mesquite, TX office.
Arzola has extensive experience in merchandising and previous involvement in RTO from her time working with Flexi Compras out of Dallas, TX. While at Flexi Compras Arzola was responsible for directly managing Club Flexi incentives, and all marketing projects related to Club Flexi; including the re-branding of the Club Flexi program.
“I’m excited to be working with Benefit Marketing Solutions again, only this time as an employee,” said Arzola. “It is great to be able to use my marketing experience to help with promoting the Club,” she added.
Arzola has maintained many industry connections which will be a great asset for her role as Account Coordinator. She will be working hand-in-hand with Susan Matthews, BMS Division President, to help improve the overall account management process.
“With her background in developing Standard Operating Procedures, strong organizational skills and interpersonal training experience, we look forward to the fresh new ideas Briana brings to help improve the overall client interaction,” said Matthews.
Please help us in welcoming Briana to the BMS Team!
For more information contact:
Benefit Marketing Solutions
On April 10, 2017, Rent-A-Center announced a new, comprehensive plan designed to restore growth, improve profitability and maximize value for all Rent-A-Center stockholders. Following the announcement of the plan, the Company selected April 24, 2017 as the record date for its annual meeting in primary part to provide the investment community with the opportunity to assess the plan and allow those investing in the Company’s stock the opportunity to vote in the election of directors at its upcoming annual meeting of stockholders.
About Rent-A-Center, Inc.
A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, Texas-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc., is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation. Rent-A-Center Franchising International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a national franchiser of approximately 230 rent-to-own stores operating under the trade names of “Rent-A-Center,” “ColorTyme,” and “RimTyme.”
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “could,” “estimate,” “should,” “anticipate,” “believe,” or “confident,” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are accurate. However, there can be no assurance that such expectations will occur. The Company’s actual future performance could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the general strength of the economy and other economic conditions affecting consumer preferences and spending; factors affecting the disposable income available to the Company’s current and potential customers; changes in the unemployment rate; difficulties encountered in improving the financial and operational performance of the Company’s business segments; our chief executive officer and chief financial officer transitions, including our ability to effectively operate and execute our strategies during the interim period and difficulties or delays in identifying and attracting a permanent chief financial officer with the required level of experience and expertise; failure to manage the Company’s store labor and other store expenses; the Company’s ability to develop and successfully execute strategic initiatives; disruptions, including capacity-related outages, caused by the implementation and operation of the Company’s new store information management system, and its transition to more-readily scalable, “cloud-based” solutions ; the Company’s ability to successfully market smartphones and related services to its customers; the Company’s ability to develop and successfully implement virtual or E-commerce capabilities, including mobile applications; disruptions in the Company’s supply chain; limitations of, or disruptions in, the Company’s distribution network; rapid inflation or deflation in the prices of the Company’s products; the Company’s ability to execute and the effectiveness of a store consolidation, including the Company’s ability to retain the revenue from customer accounts merged into another store location as a result of a store consolidation; the Company’s available cash flow; the Company’s ability to identify and successfully market products and services that appeal to its customer demographic; consumer preferences and perceptions of the Company’s brand; uncertainties regarding the ability to open new locations; the Company’s ability to acquire additional stores or customer accounts on favorable terms; the Company’s ability to control costs and increase profitability; the Company’s ability to retain the revenue associated with acquired customer accounts and enhance the performance of acquired stores; the Company’s ability to enter into new and collect on its rental or lease purchase agreements; the passage of legislation adversely affecting the Rent-to-Own industry; the Company’s compliance with applicable statutes or regulations governing its transactions; changes in interest rates; adverse changes in the economic conditions of the industries, countries or markets that the Company serves; information technology and data security costs; the impact of any breaches in data security or other disturbances to the Company’s information technology and other networks and the Company’s ability to protect the integrity and security of individually identifiable data of its customers and employees; changes in the Company’s stock price, the number of shares of common stock that it may or may not repurchase, and future dividends, if any; changes in estimates relating to self-insurance liabilities and income tax and litigation reserves; changes in the Company’s effective tax rate; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the Company’s ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; the resolution of the Company’s litigation; and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
The Company intends to file a proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) with respect to its 2017 Annual Meeting. The Company stockholders are strongly encouraged to read any such proxy statement, the accompanying white proxy card and other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information. Stockholders will be able to obtain any proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies also will be available free of charge at the Company’s website at www.rentacenter.com or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations at 972-801-1100. The Company, its directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the matters to be considered at Rent-A-Center’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Information about certain current directors and executive officers of the Company is available in the Company’s proxy statement, dated April 18, 2016, for its 2016 Annual Meeting. To the extent holdings of the Company’s securities by such directors or executive officers have changed since the amounts printed in the 2016 proxy statements, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. More detailed information regarding the identity of potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with Rent-A-Center’s 2017 Annual Meeting.
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ATLANTA, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati.
Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Monday painting, decorating and furnishing gaming, lounge and leadership programming spaces at the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the room: Heartthrob, Serious Gray, Black Magic and Alabaster.
“The U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club provides a safe and encouraging space for Cincinnati teens to achieve their goals and own their futures,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “On our 20th Teen Center renovation, Aaron’s is proud to once again support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by providing these teens with the resources and technology that will allow them to excel as leaders in their community.”
Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young attended the surprise unveiling and addressed the crowd. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has occupied a special place in my heart ever since I accepted my first job with the Club many years ago,” he said. “I grew up in Avondale and today, my wife and I still call this place home. Thanks to our community partners like Aaron’s, members of the U.S. Bank Club now have a well-equipped space that will inspire them to work hard and chase their dreams.”
In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.
The 19 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $26,000.
“Teens who participate in Boys & Girls Club programs see improvements in grades and graduation rates, preparing them for greater success as young adults,” said Valarie Pollard, Club Director of the U.S. Bank Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati. “With the support of Aaron’s, which has provided a state-of-the-art space for our club with new technology, furniture and appliances, our teens will learn and develop the skills that lead to successful futures.”
Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:
- Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
- Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
- Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.
To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.
About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,850 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada as well as its e-commerce platform Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.
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You won’t want to miss…
Three social events—APRO’s 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.
APRO’s Trade Show will give attendees a great opportunity to connect with their favorite vendors, buy inventory and learn about new RTO products and services.
Top-notch RTO education such as APRO’s 2017 Statistical Survey Results presented by Industry Insights’ Greg Manns.
For more than 20 years, APRO’s Rent-to-Own Statistical Survey has been an important resource for both those inside the industry and outside. This unique research effort represents the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date comparative financial performance data available anywhere for rent-to-own professionals. It provides valuable insights, enabling rental dealers to better understand and manage their businesses. The first survey to be published since 2011 is complete and will be unveiled in Galveston.
Pre-registration deadline is Monday, April 24th! Click here to register today.
To get the most out of Fuse 2017, make sure to download the free APRO app for Apple and Android smart devices. It’s our best app yet, like a convention companion on steroids! Search “Fuse 2017” in the iTunes app store or Google Play store. Once the app is installed on your smart device, simply enter the email address used for registration as your username and “Fuse2017” for your password. An introductory guided tour of the app will help acquaint you with some of its features. Fuse 2017 app sponsored by Sealy.
Schedule of events
Comprehensive information to help you get where you need to be and when you need to be there. Use the app’s MyEvent List feature to customize your own itinerary for Fuse 2017.
Find your favorite trade show vendors and discover new ones with the detailed listings that include booth locations and post-convention contact information.
RTO Education Day speakers and sessions
Get details on the impressive line-up of RTO Education Day speakers and seminars with the tap of a finger. Use the app’s Note It feature to take notes on RTO Education Day sessions, speakers, exhibitors and fellow attendees. Tap on the Handout icon on each session detail screen to view any hand-outs that accompany a seminar; the Handout icon will only be visible if hand-outs are available for a specific session. Tap the Export icon to do just that—save seminar handouts to your smartphone or tablet for later reference.
By tapping the Let’s Meet icon, you can easily send an email to any fellow attendees, trade show exhibitors or RTO Education Day speakers.
Take lots of photographs while on Galveston Island, tag them with #aprofuse17 and share them via the app; tap the icon in the Gallery to import your smart device’s photos into the app. We’ll include the best shots in the May-June issue of RTOHQ: The Magazine as part of its wrap-up of the event. Plus, APRO will award a $100 cash prize to the best photo at Fuse 2017! The app’s Gallery feature will provide a running display of all the photos attendees are taking during the event (tagged #aprofuse17); you can export the photos to your smartphone photo album, too.
f you post anything on the event—whether with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube or the in-app photo posts—please include the hashtag #aprofuse17 so that we’ll be able to find you.
Tell us what you think
Share your feedback with APRO by completing the Overall Event Survey; you can also rate specific sessions and speakers by tapping the Survey icon on the session detail screen. APRO will award a $100 cash prize to one lucky attendee who submits the survey.
The app offers 24/7 support within the Help Desk tab under Contact App Developer. If you have a question and can’t find an APRO staffer, submit a support ticket and someone will be in touch with a solution in minutes.
But wait…there’s more! The Fuse 2017 app also includes attendee contact information, floor plans, information about Galveston Island and more. Download it today and start tapping!
Don’t forget to register for the convention the deadline is Monday, April 24th!
TAMPA, Fla. – At its recent Annual Convention, RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels (RNR), the fastest-growing tire and custom wheel franchise in the nation, unveiled three powerful new digital platforms to ensure the continued success of its franchise owners. The recently launched platforms will provide users with interactive tools and resources designed to increase lead generation, store traffic and quote assessments.
The first addition to RNR’s new lineup is the no-hassle Resource Center. Designed with convenience in mind, the user-friendly tool offers franchise owners one-stop, total-solution for franchise owners to make real-time changes and dynamically tailor local marketing materials, preview options and order the materials directly through the center’s digital provider. In collaboration with RNR’s new Resource Center, franchise owners can now easily access the brand’s digital Training University. Equipped with tracking and notification options, the new training platform offers an interactive experience for new franchise owners and new hires to review course information, take quizzes, and access a step-by-step guide outlying the grand opening process – increasing employee engagement and success.
The third and final upgrade to RNR’s digital platforms comes in the form of a newly designed, highly-interactive website. Customers now have the option to virtually customize their vehicle’s display and by choosing the year, make and model, visitors have the option to browse through thousands of tires and wheels which are generated through the site’s virtual gallery. In addition, the mobile-friendly platform offers an intuitive option to ‘click-to-quote’, which instantly connect customers to a local representative.
“RNR is thrilled to unveil our new support platforms in conjunction with our new and improved website – all of which we are extremely proud of,” said Larry Sutton, founder and president of RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels. “As RNR continues to grow, we continue to be committed to providing the essential guidance, support and innovative resources needed to ensure the success of each franchise location along with making our customer experience even better.”
Founded in 2000 by rent-to-own veteran Larry Sutton, RNR has since grown to almost 100 locations in 22 states. The brand has experienced significant organic growth with 16 franchisees operating 86 locations, and over the past 15 months, RNR has opened a new store every month. RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels has carved out a unique niche in the tire and wheel industry. With its convenient, no hassle payment plans that fit each client’s budget, RNR offers and professionally installs high quality tires and custom wheels to a growing underserved market. RNR has established a business model that allows clients to pay off name brand tires and wheels on a weekly or monthly plan that is affordable to them. The unique pay-as-you-go or lease purchase business model is not just attractive to consumers – franchisees of RNR have witnessed the demand of the service and are reinvesting in the brand to open more locations throughout the nation.
For more information about RNR and its franchise opportunities, visit www.RNRfranchise.com.
About RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels
RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels is a national franchise retailer of quality tires and custom wheels offered with convenient, no credit hassle payment plans designed to fit each client’s unique budgets. Established in 2000 by rent-to-own veteran, Larry Sutton, RNR has grown to almost 100 locations in 22 states. The brand recently ranked as the No. 1 category leader for tires & wheels in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2017 Franchise 500 list and took home two spots on Tire Business’ 2015 Annual Report coming in at No. 15 for total revenue and No. 18 for total locations. RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels is seeking qualified multi-unit franchisees to expand even further nationally with prime markets available throughout the country. For more information about RNR, or to inquire about franchise opportunities, visit www.RNRfranchise.com.
The Tennessee Rental Dealers Association would like to invite you to sign up for the 3rd Annual TRDA Golf Tournament, Tuesday June 20th, and attend the business meeting on Wednesday, June 21st. TRDA encourages you to please register early to allow for proper planning.
- Ted Rhodes Golf Course located at 1901 Ed Temple Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37208
- Teeoff: Tuesday, June 20th at 11AM
- Registration fee: $50 per player
- May be paid day of event or mailed to: Tennessee Rental Dealers Association, 1757 Jardco Drive, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
- Social hour and dinner will follow golf tournament at host hotel
- Wednesday, June 21st from 9AM – 3PM
- Complimentary lunch provided
- Legal Industry Update from guest speaker Ed Winn III, APRO General Counsel
- Email or call Valerie Mai and please include names of golfers and who will be in attendance for the business meeting.
- Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, $159/night
- 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228
- To reserve call 615.259.4343
- Room Block Code: 1706 Rental
- Registration deadline: May 29th
Questions? Contact Chris Bolin by phone at 931.906.2066 or by email at email@example.com.
“This year’s legislative day stands to be the most important one we have had to date. Our bills are active and the timing of our visit looks to be quite good,” shared IRDA President Casey Pristou. “The senate bill, SB1434, has passed out of committee and is currently in its 3rd reading. During our meetings with house representatives we will likely be asking for co-sponsors. Based on where we are now in the process and pending a successful legislative day we are optimistic that we can get our legislation to the governor’s desk by the end of May, with or without a “grand bargain.”
IRDA Legislative Day Tentative Schedule
- 7:30AM – 12:15PM – Schedule meetings with senators and representatives
- 12:15PM – 1:00PM – Working lunch with Michael Houlihan in the Capitol (TBD)
- 1:00PM – 3:30PM – Schedule meetings with representatives and senators
- 3:30PM – EOD – Meetings with leadership. Meetings to be set by Michael Houlihan
What you need to know
- Let Casey Pristou know whether you are attending and who will accompany you.
- Set-up meetings with the representatives and senators in the communities in which you operate. Schedule them during the recommended times if possible.
- Send Casey Pristou a list of the reps and senators with whom you will be meeting.
- If you have any trouble scheduling a meeting let Casey know. Michael Houlihan can help if necessary.
IRDA will have a conference call on Monday, April 24th at 10:30AM with Michael Houlihan to discuss and review 2017 Legislative Day, specifically, IRDA’s messaging and what the objectives for each meeting will be.
IRDA President Casey Pristou