APRO Appoints Naik as Director of Government Relations

APRO’s Director of Government Relations Apurva Naik

The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO), the international voice for the rent-to-own industry since 1980, announced the appointment of Apurva Naik as its new Director of Government Relations. Naik brings an expertise in public policy communications, planning, consulting and advocacy.

“Apurva brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in government relations,” said APRO Executive Director Jill McClure. “We are pleased to have him join the APRO team and represent the interests of our membership.”

Naik joins APRO with more than 16 years in public service. He served seven years in the United States Navy with deployments to both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, receiving two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement medals for outstanding tactical aircraft control while stationed onboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Most recently, he served as a public policy planner, government relations representative, legislative analyst and program manager for the Texas Workforce Commission.

Naik has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Tech University and a master’s in public administration from Texas State University. He and his wife, Ayumi, live in South Austin and have a seven-year-old daughter, Yukira.

“I am really excited to represent the legislative interests of our association’s members within the state legislatures and on a national level in Washington D.C.” says Naik. “We have a unique opportunity to more effectively inform the public and congress on the dynamic and ever-changing rent-to-own industry, and I can’t wait to work with our membership to do just that.”