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RTO Dealers Raise Money; Vendors Cash in at Mid-Year Conference

March 16, 2005 - The mood at the 2005 APRO Mid-Year Conference, held March 14-16 in Key West, was upbeat and convivial. Twenty-two exhibitors enjoyed a breathtaking view on the rooftop of the historic La Concha Hotel, displaying services and products and meeting with more than 50 rental dealers attending the conference. APRO president Shannon Strunk thanked conference sponsors D&H Distributing, RSSS, High Touch and Bryce.

Strunk kicked off the networking state-of-the-industry session with an update, followed by a lively discussion by 50 participants. Topics such as DLP vs. plasma TVs, the RTO industry calendar, term lengths, tire and wheel rentals, employee and advertising issues, customer loyalty and insurance pooling were discussed.

"Tiger" John Cleek raised pledges of $73,000 for APRO's new Team Fund. Seventy percent of the commitment will go toward a special dues assessment and 30 percent will go toward APRO PAC.

The APRO Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament was played at the Key West Golf Club with 32 golfers. The golf raffle raised more than $4,000 for the foundation.

The conference concluded with the annual RTO Legal Update, presented by APRO General Counsel Ed Winn. He covered the new bankruptcy law for rent-to-own, reported on the California class-action settlement and reviewed pending legislation in Arkansas, New York and New Jersey.