Mark Connelly, MBA

Executive VP of Mergers & Acquisitions

Mark Connelly has been a part of Bernau Capital Partners since May 2003. He served as the VP Development for Arona Corporation and Ivy Lane Corporation and is now the Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Bernau Capital Partners. Prior to joining Bernau Capital Partners, Mark served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corp and was a Store Manager, Regional Manager, Regional Vice President and Senior Vice President with Rent a Center.

Mark received his B.B.A. in Personnel and Human Resource Management in 1984 from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce) and received his M.B.A. in 1989 from National University in San Diego.

In addition to his role at Bernau Capital Partners, Mark is a board Member of the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO), board member and former VP of Association of Iowa Rental Dealers (AIRD), Board member of Missouri Rental Dealers Association (MRDA), board member of the Aaron’s Franchise Advisory Board (AFAB) and a member of the Ad Council for Aaron’s franchisees.

When he’s not working, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors, especially near beaches and mountains. He is getting into tennis in addition to his normal exercise routine and is a very active member in his church and bible study group. Mark also loves reading and getting together with friends and family.