ATLANTA, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, announced today that Heather Calhoun, Division Lead Counsel, has joined the Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) Board of Directors.
"Aaron's has been honored to partner with Warrick Dunn Charities for the past 14 years during which we've furnished hundreds of homes for single parents through the Homes for the Holidays program," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "We are proud of Heather's appointment to the Warrick Dunn Charities Board of Directors, and we look forward to continuing our legacy of giving back to our communities, a commitment that began with our founder, Charlie Loudermilk, 62 years ago."
Calhoun joined Aaron's in 2014 as an attorney in its Legal Department. During her career at Aaron's, Calhoun has been intimately involved in a number of leadership initiatives, including founding the company's first women's leadership program and being appointed as an inaugural member of the Aaron's Future Leaders Program.
"Aaron's is committed to supporting Warrick Dunn Charities and the hundreds of lives the organization changes by improving the future for single-parent families through financial independence and stability," said Calhoun. "The charity's motto that 'A Better Future Starts With Hope' wholly aligns with Aaron's core values. I am honored to continue working with WDC and furthering Aaron's focus of serving the underserved."
"Our partnership with Aaron's has resulted in hope for hundreds of single-parent families, and we are excited to welcome Heather to the Board of Directors," said Warrick Dunn, founder of Warrick Dunn Charities and former NFL running back. "Corporate involvement like Heather's service is invaluable to WDC not only from an outreach perspective but also through strategic partnership that comes from active board membership."
Prior to joining Aaron's, Heather practiced law at Holland & Knight from 2005 to 2014. Raised in Cordele, Georgia, Calhoun received her Bachelor's degree in English from Mercer University and her Juris Doctor from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. She is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Warrick Dunn Charities provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by Dunn's life journey. The Homes for the Holidays program assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically.
In addition to complete home furnishings, appliances, and furniture provided by Aaron's, the Homes for the Holidays program also provides its recipients with $5,000 in down payment assistance, greatly lowering their monthly mortgage payments and providing extra money for doctor appointments and extracurricular activities for their children.
About Aaron's, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The 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 1,800 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 Warrick Dunn Charities
Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by our Founder's life journey. Since 1997, the Homes for the Holidays program has helped 155 single parents and more than 400 children and dependents achieve first-time home ownership. Serving single-parent families nationwide, WDC and its partners have helped single parents to combat poverty and hunger and ensure families have basic necessities and comfortable surroundings in order to improve their quality of life. For more information, visit www.wdc.org.
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