The Evolution of Lease To Own and its Growing Importance in Today’s Changing Retail Environment

June 4, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST



BWG Connect invites you to participate in an interactive discussion with top executives from Rent-A-Center, Preferred Lease and Ashley Furniture Industries on the evolution of lease to own. Hear from your peers about concrete lessons learned and real-world challenges faced.

There is no cost to join. There are no Sales Pitches or Presentations. This event is for active SaaS Professionals only. No Service Providers.

This event is co-hosted by BWG Connect, Rent-A-Center and Preferred Lease.

This will be a robust conversation and discussion addressing:

Establishment of the virtual Lease to Own concept & the shift towards lease to own as a service. The CEOs of Rent-A-Center / Preferred Lease & Ashley Furniture will share their strategy for leveraging Leasing to fill a gap in Ashley Furniture's purchase offerings.   

The changing stigma of Leasing products & the evolution of consumer behavior and continuously growing demand with real world examples.

Strategies for growing your online & in-store sales & expanding your customer base by offering a new way for consumers to purchase products.

Leveraging Leasing at all points during economic cycles to attract consumers regardless of their credit / FICO score.

Retailer Feedback from Ashley Furniture. Explaining how a leading brand like Ashley Furniture can optimize leasing to add incremental sales & value to their overall business strategy.

Guest Speakers

Mitch Fadel

CEO at Rent-A-Center/Preferred Lease

Progressive leader with over 25 years of C-Level experience growing companies through various economic cycles. Strategic thinker with proven track record of achieving growth and results. Operations background combined with strong financial capabilities. Team player with private, public and corporate governance experience.

Todd Wanek

CEO at Ashley Furniture Industries

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) is the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Established in 1945, Ashley offers one of the industry’s broadest product assortments to retail partners in 123 countries. From design through fulfillment, Ashley continuously strives to provide our customer with the best values, selection and service in the furniture industry.

Ron Schoolcraft

SVP at Preferred Lease

AcceptanceNOW and Merchants Preferred have both been industry leaders in providing “no credit needed” solutions since 2005. Now, we’ve combined the best of both companies to become Preferred Lease – partnering with more than 3,500 local and national retailers across the country to give millions more customers like you the ability to shop for the products they want at their favorite stores.

Mike Santimaw

CIO at Rent-A-Center/Preferred Lease

Joined the CIO senior staff to transform the IT organization to support industry-leading practices. Rebuilt the Information Security practice to be fluid, flexing to address the evolving threat landscape.

Greg Kammer

EVP, Retail and Sales Operations at Ashley Furniture

Ashley Furniture Industries sells home furnishings and accessories available through two distribution channels: independent furniture dealers and more than 700 Ashley Furniture HomeStore retail furniture stores, which are independently owned and operated by licensees in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Japan.

Event Moderator

Aaron Conant

Managing Director at BWG Connect

Aaron Conant is Co-Founder and Managing Director of BWG Connect, a networking and knowledge sharing group used by thousands of brands to collectively grow their digital knowledge base and collaborate on partner selection. Speaking 1x1 with over 1600 brands a year and hosting over 150 in-person and virtual events, he has a real time pulse on the newest trends, strategies and partners shaping growth in the digital space.

Space is limited! Provide your information below and we will be in touch.

Event Information

June 4, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Event format

Roundtable Layout
Featuring 20+ executives, where everyone can contribute, ask questions and learn from peers
On-Topic Discussions
Q&A format, moderated by BWG Connect with group interaction throughout
Make Connections
Opportunities to network before and after

What is BWG Connect?

BWG Connect provides executive strategy & networking sessions that help brands from any industry with their overall business planning and execution. BWG Connect, in conjunction with BWG Strategy, has built an exclusive network of 125,000+ senior professionals and hosts over 2,000 virtual and in-person networking events on an annual basis.

In addition, BWG Connect provides free consultations & specializes in helping brands of all sizes with their eCommerce planning and execution. Our team has decades of experience related to the eCommerce & retail ecosystem, and will take the time to understand your goals so that we can help you build a winning strategy that is curated specifically for your business. We have had 1x1 conversations with over 3,000 brands and have a real-time pulse on what digital strategies are successful and why. This in-depth knowledge allows our team to operate on the cutting edge and provide our clients with best -in-class guidance on how to win in the digital world.
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