Thomas R. Bernau, 55, has more than 30 years of experience leading companies in the banking, financial services and real estate industries. Bernau is the founder of Bernau Capital Partners, a family office created for the purpose of investing in, and developing small and middle market businesses. Prior to establishing Bernau Capital, Bernau spent 9 years in the financial services industry, first as President of AmerUs Equipment Leasing Company and then as Chief Credit Officer at AmerUs Bank. Before joining the AmerUs organization, Bernau practiced law with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave of Des Moines, Iowa. Bernau received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Drake University and his B.B.A. from Iowa State University.