Founded in 1992, Irvine, Calif.-based Option One Mortgage Corporation originates and acquires nonprime residential mortgage products through a national network of brokers and lenders. Option One also services and sub-services nonprime mortgage loans, with more than $74 billion under management at Feb. 28, 2006. Additionally, the company markets a variety of direct-to-consumer mortgage products nationwide through its wholly owned subsidiary, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Option One employs more than 4,500 associates. It is a subsidiary of H&R Block Inc. (www.hrblock.com), a diversified company with subsidiaries that deliver tax services and financial advice, investment and mortgage products and services, and business accounting and consulting services. For more information about Option One, visit the company's Web site at www.optiononemortgage.com.