Rent to Own Online
"All Rent to Own...All the Time"


| About RTO Online | RTO Tradeshow | Press
#1 Online Destination For the Rent to Own Industry
Trade portal for companies who rent to own furniture, electronics, appliances, custom wheels, jewelry and other home goods.
Rent to Own Online
Rent to Own Tradeshow
Who's Who in rent to own  
The Rent to Own industry's event photo album  
Video podcast interviews with Rent-to-Own industry professionals  
Audio podcast interviews with Rent-to-Own industry professionals  
Rent-to-Own Industry Federal Legislative Guide  
Rent to Own Industry Jobs and Resumes  
Search Rent to Own Online  
Subscribe to
RTO Magazine

E-mail Address :

Manage Subscriptions
RTO Magazine
United States Rent to Own Store Locator  
State Rent to Own Law  
Rent to Own Websites  
Rent to Own Industry Poll  
Editorials By Rent to Own Professionals  
Rent to Own Stocks  
Rent to Own Links  
Rent to Own Industry Events  
Rent to Own Online Archive  
Rent to Own Industry Training  
Advertise on the number one website for rent to own professionals  
Rent to Own Industry Blog  
Rent to Own Chat  
Rent to Own Industry Forum  
Rent to Own Industry Glossary  
National News  
Contact Rent to Own Online  

Site Statistics




Education Is King At Midwest RTO Expo; Event Draws Record Crowd
RTO Online
Email this page to a friend


Your email address Worthless Helpful I have tears of joy Better than War and Peace

Add your Comments


Back to news

Related articles
most recent first

Education Is King At Midwest RTO Expo; Event Draws Record Crowd
Midwest RTO Expo Bigger and Better; Dealers From Nine States To Attend
2005 Midwest RTO Expo Just Four Weeks Away!; Still Time To Register

Archives: Read about Last years RTO Expo!

2004 Midwest RTO Expo Welcomes Dealers From 8 States
2004 Midwest RTO Expo Under Way In Columbus
Rent to Own Dealers Prepare For Midwest Expo


The Expo is unique among rent to own industry tradeshows
Mike Tissot, President, Ohio Rental Dealers Association

photo rtoonline
Mike Tissot (right), President of ORDA, and Tammy Craig, Rent Way Purchasing, register attendees Tuesday night at the Midwest RTO Expo Welcome Reception. The Expo was the first to combine several smaller state association events. The concept is popular with vendors who attend more than a dozen RTO industry tradeshows per year. (See complete photo gallery of the Welcome Reception)

250 Rent to Own professionals from 26 companies in 9 states gathered in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday to kick off the second annual Midwest RTO Expo, the country's largest regional rental industry tradeshow.

"The Expo is unique among rent to own industry tradeshows," said Mike Tissot (Countryside Rentals), President of ORDA (Ohio Rental Dealers Association). ORDA organizes the event which draws dealers from as far away as Kansas. "The Expo has been a win win for everyone involved. Vendors are able to see dealers from across the Midwest and owners are able to bring more store level employees to this show than any other industry tradeshow."

Tony Craig, Rent Way Communications Supervisor and ORDA Secretary, sees the Expo as a prime training opportunity. "Vendors are able to interact directly with the store personnel renting the product," he explained. "This is an excellent opportunity for employees to learn how to rent product rather than just take orders." 

Judging by the level of vendor support, suppliers agree. 44 vendors will display merchandise at this year's show. "The Expo would not be possible without your support," Mike Tissot told vendors in a speech to attendees at Tuesday's welcome reception.

Tammy Craig, Rent Way Purchasing, is a first time Expo attendee. She says the 'educational approach' of the Expo is similar to that of the annual Rent Way show, if on a smaller scale. "Every vendor that supplies merchandise to Rent Way attends our show in February, along with 1200 Rent Way employees. Every employee, from store manager up, attends the Rent Way show. "There is no substitute for speaking directly to the vendor when it comes to product knowledge, features and benefits."

photo rtoonline
Steve Clark, Jewell Dolton, and Gary Bryant took first place in Tuesday's Midwest Expo golf Tournament. The team turned in an impressive 11 under par at the Phoenix Golf Links in Columbus. (
See complete photo gallery of the golf tournament)

In addition to the Expo's product tradeshow, Thursday's (8-24) program will include classroom training seminars on customer service, collections, and furniture repair. Noted speaker Hal Becker will keynote the event with a presentation on building long-term relationships, and why "creative opportunities" are essential in ensuring exceptional customer service.

Follow the links below to view photo galleries of the golf tournament and welcome reception.

2005 Midwest Expo Photo Galleries
  Golf (26)
  Welcome Reception (30) new
  Tradeshow Floor (31)


advertise here










RTO Online is the official channel for Rent-to-Own Industry News and the only independent source of news for the rent-to-own, rental-purchase, lease-purchase trade. RTO Online (Rent to Own Online) represents the choice of the entire RTO Industry for trusted information, as it happens.

Tell us what you think
Rate the article at the top of this page