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Leadership

EXECUTIVE TEAM
  • John W. Robinson, III
    President & Chief Executive Officer
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    John Robinson was named CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, in November 2014 and is a member of the Aaron’s, Inc. Board of Directors.

    He is the former Executive Vice President of Aaron's, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Leasing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aaron’s, Inc. and a leading virtual lease-to-own company which provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 19,000 retail locations in 46 states. Under his leadership, Progressive Leasing experienced exceptional growth with the company’s annual revenue increasing from approximately $228 million when he joined in 2012 to over $1 billion in 2016.

    Prior to joining Progressive Leasing, John was the President and Chief Operating Officer of TMX Finance LLC (dba TitleMax), one of the largest auto title lenders in the U.S. He joined TitleMax as Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and was appointed President in 2008. From 2004 until his departure in December 2011, John helped grow TitleMax from approximately 100 stores to more than 750 stores. Previous to TMX, he worked in the investment banking groups at Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, and Wheat First Butcher Singer where he developed significant expertise while following the RTO industry.

    John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University, cum laude, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was a Tuck Scholar. Additionally, John earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

  • Robert Walter Kamerschen
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Corporate Secretary
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    Robbie Kamerschen serves as the EVP, General Counsel, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary at Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. He also serves as President of the Aaron’s Foundation.

    Robbie is responsible for legal, compliance, corporate governance, risk management, government relations, data security, external affairs, privacy and physical security for the company.

    As President of the Aaron’s Foundation, Robbie directs the giving strategy and guides the Foundation’s mission to improve the life prospects of at-risk youth. Aaron’s provides at-risk youth with the tools, resources and skills to achieve their goals and to become productive, contributing members of their communities.

    Prior to joining Aaron’s, Robbie was U.S. General Counsel, Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Chief Compliance Officer at Equifax (NYSE: EFX). Earlier in his career, Robbie served in executive positions with ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) and EzGov, and was an attorney in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Douglas Lindsay
    President, Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
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    Douglas Lindsay serves as President of Sales & Lease Ownership at Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. He is responsible for overseeing the Aaron's business, including store-based and e-commerce operations. He has oversight for operations, marketing, merchandising, information technology, e-commerce and real estate.

    Douglas has more than 20 years of experience leading companies in the financial services and real estate industries. Prior to joining Aaron's, Douglas spent 10 years at ACE Cash Express, a leading financial services provider, specializing in short-term consumer loans, bill pay, and prepaid debit card services, as well as the largest owner operator of check cashing stores in the United States.

    At ACE Cash Express, he served in roles of increasing responsibility within the finance department, including Chief Financial Officer, until he was named Chief Operating Officer in 2012. In this role, Douglas led all retail operations, products, marketing, merchandising and support functions, and was a key member of an executive team that consistently grew revenue and drove improved margins.

    Prior to joining ACE Cash Express, Douglas was Vice President of Finance at Regus, Plc / HQ Global Workplaces, Inc., where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, business intelligence, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions. Douglas received an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Washington and Lee University.

  • Steven A. Michaels
    Chief Financial Officer and President of Strategic Operations
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    Steve Michaels was named Chief Financial Officer and President of Strategic Operations of Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, in February of 2016. In addition to his responsibilities as CFO, Steve has oversight for several key business functions including analytics, business development and manufacturing.

    Steve previously served as President from April 2014 until February 2016, and in that role successfully developed and implemented strategies to strengthen the Company’s core business and was responsible for launching the Aaron’s e-commerce business. Prior to being named President, Steve served as Vice President Strategic Planning & Business Development from 2013 until April 2014, and was instrumental in the planning, execution and integration of the Progressive acquisition in 2014. He also served as Vice President, Finance from 2012 until April 2014 and Vice President, Finance, Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership Division from 2008 until 2011.

    Steve joined Aaron’s in 1995 and has held various roles within the organization, starting in audit and progressing through the franchise and finance departments. He has served in several senior financial roles at Aaron’s, both at the parent company level and within the sales and lease ownership and franchise businesses, where his responsibilities have included maintaining banking relationships and executing equity and debt offerings.

    Steve has a BS degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Ryan K. Woodley
    Chief Executive Officer Progressive Leasing
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    Ryan is Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company that provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Progressive Leasing is a division of Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions.

    Ryan was promoted to CEO of Progressive Leasing in January 2015. He joined Progressive as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in June of 2013.

    Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at DigiCert, a digital security certificate provider which was sold to TA Associates in November 2012.

    Previous to DigiCert, Ryan was a principal at Polaris Partners, a $4 billion private equity firm based in Boston. Prior to Polaris, Ryan was a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group in Cambridge, MA where he worked on a range of strategic and operating engagements for Fortune 500 clients across several industries. Ryan has also spent time at Google as a manager in the online sales operations group and at the payment gateway Authorize.Net.

    Ryan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in electrical engineering from BYU.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Kelly Barrett
    Former Senior Vice President of Home Services, The Home Depot
  • Kathy T. Betty
    Former Owner WNBA Atlanta Dream
  • Douglas C. Curling
    Former President and CEO Choicepoint, Inc New Kent Capital & New Kent Consulting LLC
  • Cynthia N. Day
    President and Chief Executive Officer Citizens Bancshares Corporation and Citizens Trust Bank
  • Curtis L. Doman
    Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Progressive Leasing
  • Walter G. Ehmer
    President and Chief Executive Officer Waffle House, Inc.
  • Hubert L. Harris, Jr.
    Retired Chief Financial Officer Invesco North America
  • John W. Robinson, III
    President and Chief Executive Officer Aaron’s, Inc.
  • Ray M. Robinson
    Chairman of the Board Former President Southern Region AT&T
  • R. Charles Loudermilk
    Chairman Emeritus Founder, Aaron's, Inc.
MANAGEMENT
  • Tanner L. Barney
    Vice President, Underwriting & Product Risk, Progressive Leasing
  • Gregory G. Bellof
    Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Operations
  • Barbara Bernard
    Vice President, Western Operations
  • David T. Bier
    Vice President, Northeast Operations
  • Eric Carlson
    Vice President, Sales Progressive Leasing
  • Charles Cole
    Sr. Vice President, Southeast Operations
  • Stephanie Davis Neil
    Vice President, Store Support
  • Michael P. Dickerson
    Vice President, Investor Relations
  • Curtis L. Doman
    Chief Technology Officer Progressive Leasing
  • James Bickelhaupt
    Vice President, Enterprise Systems
  • David T. Bier
    Vice President, Northeast Operations
  • Charles Cole
    Senior Vice President, Southeast Operations
  • Kelee Delaney
    Vice President, Compliance, Progressive Leasing
  • Michael P. Dickerson
    Vice President, Investor Relations
  • Curtis L. Doman
    Chief Technology Officer, Progressive Leasing
  • Russell S. Falkenstein
    Vice President, Corporate Initiatives
  • Brian J. Garner
    Vice President,Finance, Progressive Leasing
  • Marvin A. Fentress
    Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, Progressive Leasing
  • Bill Gentner
    Cheif Marketing Officer
  • William Green
    Chief Information Officer, Progressive Leasing
  • Benjamin Hawksworth
    Chief Technology Officer, Progressive Leasing
  • Almir Hadzialjevic
    Vice President, Enterprise Risk & Security
  • Scott L. Harvey
    Vice President, Franchising
  • Kurtis H. Hilton
    Vice President, National Accounts, Progressive Leasing
  • Michael W. Jarnagin
    President, Woodhaven Furniture Industries
  • Robert M. Johns
    Vice President, Regional Sales, Progressive Leasing
  • Vicky Johns
    Vice President, Accounting & Controller Progressive Leasing
  • Ramesh Kandukuri
    Progressive Leasing
  • John H. Karr
    Vice President, Compensation and Benefits
  • Steve R. Kincanon
    Vice President, Sales & Customer Engagement
  • Michael T. King
    Vice President and Chief Corporate Govanance, M&A and Securities Law Counsel
  • David A. Korn
    Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Frank W. Laura
    Senior Vice President, Technology Enablement & Portfolio Governance
  • Larry F. Maher
    Vice President, Strategy
  • Ryan E. Malone
    Vice President, Business Transformation
  • Douglas Christian Matsumori
    Vice President, Products & Integration, Progressive Leasing
  • Jason M. McFarland
    Senior Vice President, Midwest Operations
  • Justin Miller
    Vice President, Customer Retention
  • Alex Nash
    Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis Progressive Leasing
  • Rob O’Connell
    Sr. Vice President, and Chief Human Resources Office
  • Steve Olsen
    Senior Vice President & Chief Merchandising Officer, Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
  • Michelle Parker
    Vice President, Talent & Culture, Progressive Leasing
  • Ryan Ray
    President, Dent-A-Med
  • Travis Robbins
    Vice President, Legal, Progressive Leasing
  • Nate Roe
    Vice President, Wireless, Progressive Leasing
  • Kirby M. Salgado
    Vice President, Merchandising
  • Ted M. Scartz
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
  • Christopher Schotter
    Vice President, North Central Operations
  • Robert P. Sinclair, Jr. *
    Vice President, Corporate Controller
  • John D. Smith
    Chief Operations Officer, Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
  • Stephen Surman
    Vice President, Marketing, Progressive Leasing
  • John T. Trainor
    Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Omni-Channel
  • Trevor Thatcher
    Sr. Vice President, Operations Progressive Leasing
  • Manjush Varghese
    Vice President, Omni-Channel
  • Raghu Venkat
    Vice President, Decision & Data Science
  • Cory Voglesonger
    Vice President, Technology Strategy & Innovation
  • Blake W. Wakefield
    President and Chief Revenue Officer, Progressive Leasing
  • Kelly Wall
    Vice President Finance & Treasury
  • Tracey L. Whiston
    Vice President, Procurement
  • Jill S. Young
    Vice President Internal Audit
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