Rent-A-Center, Inc. Names The Cartel Group as its Hispanic Agency of Record

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Names The Cartel Group as its Hispanic Agency of Record

Multi-million dollar campaign to take nation’s largest rent-to own operator “to the next level”


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Plano, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 28, 2004–Rent-A-Center, Inc., the largest rent-to-own operator in the United States, today announced that it has selected San Antonio, TX-based The Cartel Group as the company’s Hispanic market agency of record, following a nationwide search.

Opening review for the company’s multi-million dollar Hispanic account began in December 2003 with 13 competing agencies. Subsequently, it was narrowed down to three finalists. While satisfied with the results of its previous Hispanic campaign, Rent-A-Center was looking for an agency that would not only leverage unique insights and acumen in this market, but also possessed a comprehensive skill-set, as well as experience with other market segments and industries.

“Our initial efforts in the Hispanic market with Euro RSCG have been successful, but we are now ready to take our efforts to the next level,” said Ann Davids, Rent-A-Center’s vice president of advertising. “We feel that The Cartel Group can help us achieve the results we are looking for,” she added.

Victoria Varela, CEO of The Cartel Group, expressed the agency’s pride over Rent-A-Center’s decision. “Rent-A-Center offers a phenomenal service and has long been committed to taking excellent care of the Hispanic consumer,” she said. “This, combined with The Cartel Group’s many years of retail experience, makes for an ideal partnership. We are confident of the results.”

The agency’s responsibilities will include strategic brand positioning, creative development and production for TV and print media.

About The Cartel Group

One of the top 15 advertising agencies in the Southwest, The Cartel Group is a full-service marketing communications firm headquartered in San Antonio. Recently serving noted multicultural accounts, The Cartel Group has long delivered integrated communications solutions to clients in the Hispanic marketplace. The Cartel Group is the current Hispanic agency of record for such prestigious national firms as the U.S. Army, JCPenney, Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. and the Latina Leadership Institute; and, is the multi-cultural agency of record for Church’s Chicken. Visit The Cartel Group’s website at http://www.thecartel.com.

About Rent-A-Center, Inc.

Rent-A-Center Inc. (Nasdaq:RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates more than 2,650 company-owned stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico. The stores generally offer high-quality, durable goods such as home electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories to consumers under flexible rental purchase agreements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed-upon rental period. The Company also owns ColorTyme, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary and national franchiser of 325 rent-to-own stores. For more information about Rent-A-Center, visit http://www.rentacenter.com.

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CONTACT:

Rent-A-Center, Inc.

Karen Shaffer

972-801-1163

or

The Cartel Group

Brandon Montgomery

210-865-8299

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Names The Cartel Group as its Hispanic Agency of Record