Sept. 27, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- John Trainor, CIO at Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) and
Steven A. Michaels
, VP of Finance at Aaron's, Inc. are training for the Intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta on
Sunday, September 29
with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT). Both executives are part of a team of 50 triathletes who are preparing to tackle the distance of a 1.2 mile swim in the Augusta River, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run through the streets of downtown Augusta, all while raising more than
for blood cancer research. Aaron's, Inc. has also committed a
donation to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is
second time participating with the program. In 2011, he completed the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon with TNT and he was the team's top fundraiser by raising
. For Steve, this is his first time participating with TNT as well as his first triathlon. Both executives are currently the team's top fundraisers for the Intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta triathlon.
is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Aaron's, Inc., an
-based specialty retailer of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories. Since 1999, he has helped Aaron's grow from 450 stores to more than 2,100 with over
in revenue. Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked in technology roles at the Southern Company and the United States Senate. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the
Georgia Institute of Technology
. He lives in
, with his wife, Heather, also an accomplished athlete and Team In Training alumna, and his three sons.
Steven A. Michaels
is Vice President, Finance of Aaron's, Inc., and has been with the company since 1995. He has held various roles within the organization starting in the audit department and progressing to his current role in 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the
University of Florida
and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Steve lives in Johns Creek,
, with his wife Sepeed and their 7-year-old twins, Preston, a boy, and Peyton, a girl.
"We are so proud to have John and Steve on our team to help find a cure for blood cancers," said
, Team In Training Director for the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "It takes dedication to prepare for a half Ironman distance triathlon. We are extremely grateful for their commitment and support in our efforts to make a difference."
"Aaron's is proud that John and Steve have personally committed to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society," said
Ronald W. Allen
, Aaron's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Together they have raised over
with many of our Aaron's family of franchisees and Aaron's associates generously donating funds. In addition, Aaron's, Inc. plans to donate
to support this effort. We recognize that the Ironman 70.3 exemplifies the type of extreme dedication it will take to find a cure for blood cancer and we support all of the athletes who have devoted themselves to this worthy cause."
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program is the world's largest charity based sports endurance program. Since 1988, more than 600,000 athletes from across the country have successfully completed marathons, half marathons, triathlons, cycling rides and even hiking adventures with the support of world class coaches and mentors. Through fundraising, Team In Training athletes have helped The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provide more than
towards blood cancer research. The Georgia Chapter of Team In Training is currently recruiting teams for winter season events. To learn more, visit
or call (404) 720-7842.
About Aaron's, Inc.
Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 2,100 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and
. Founded in 1955 by entrepreneur and Chairman Emeritus
R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr.
and headquartered in
, Aaron's has been publicly traded since 1982. For more information, visit
Aaron's, Inc. includes the Aarons.com, GoRimco.com, and ShopHomeSmart.com brands.