Watershed Development Corporation recognized its top performers during its 11th Annual Awards Banquet. Watershed associates, business partners and special guests gathered at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton, Iowa on February 11, 2017, to commemorate the occasion. This year’s event was especially memorable as Watershed celebrated winning Franchise of the Year for 2016. “After coming in second in past years it is very gratifying to win it. The victory is due to the leadership of Mike Ceruzzi and the hard work and dedication of all our associates” said Watershed president and founder, Casey Pristou. Freeport and McHenry stores each had a big night. Freeport earned Watershed Store of the Year honors and finished second overall in Aaron’s Major League division. McHenry, which finished fifth in Aaron’s All Stars division, earned recognition as Watershed’s highest revenue and highest profit store. In addition, McHenry’s very own April Montemira was named Associate of the Year. Yet another highlight of the evening was Sterling, Illinois General Manager, Scott Wallingford, receiving an award for Lifetime Achievement. Vice President of Business Operations, Mike Ceruzzi, commented, “We put it all together in 2016. We are proud of our team and its accomplishments. We are grateful for each and every one of our associates. It’s an honor to recognize our top performers and to lead such a fine team.” About Watershed Development Corporation Watershed owns and operates Aaron’s (NYSE – AAN) stores throughout Northern Illinois and Iowa. Aaron’s is a leading rent-to-own company with more than 2,000 company and franchise stores throughout North America. Watershed, a franchise operator since 2004, has earned the distinction of being an Aaron’s Top 5 Performing Franchise Operator multiple times since its inception and has been recognized as Aaron’s 2016 Franchise of the Year. For More information contact Casey Pristou.