Arona Corporation dba Arona Home Essentials was founded on April 26, 1996 by Thomas Bernau. Mr. Bernau currently serves as President and CEO of Arona. Arona opened their first store September 1, 1997 in Des Moines, IA. Since that time, Arona has grown to 52 locations in 9 states. In 2003, Mark Connelly, Executive Vice President / Partner, joined Arona and in 2008 Brent Gregurek, Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer / Partner, also joined the company. Arona was featured in the Inc. Magazine from 2007-2014 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. In 2012 and 2013 Arona was also given the Inc. Hire Power award for the Top Job Creators in the State of Iowa.