Thomas R. Bernau

Thomas R. Bernau

President and CEO


J.D. and M.B.A. from Drake University and his B.B.A. from Iowa State University

Professional Background and Achievements

Practiced law with Bradshaw Law Firm. President of AmerUs Equipment Leasing Company and Chief Credit Officer at AmerUs Bank. Serves on Board for Country Bankcorporation, Brown Traffic Products, IMT Insurance Co., Center Point Bank & Trust Company, Drake University Hiawatha Bank & Trust Company, Peoples Savings Bank, Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, The Exchange State Bank, Walker State Bank, & White State Bank.

When did I start working for BCP and what positions have I held?

In 1996 I created Arona Corporation and opened my first franchise Aaron’s store in Des Moines Iowa. Today I serve as the President and CEO of Arona Corporation, Ivy Lane Corporation, First Iowa Title Corporation, Globe Loan, Globe Acceptance, and Endurance Sports Marketing. I am also owner and manager of Aterra Real Estate, Hickory Park and Globe Tax Assets and Country Bankcorporation.

What is my specific role at BCP beyond my job title?

Setting strategy, supporting our leaders and making BCP an enjoyable and rewarding place to work.

What was the last job I had before coming to work for BCP?

President of Liberty Bank.

What was my first job?

Milling feed at the grain elevator in my hometown.


Shooting skeet, working on my nature and forest reserve, travel.

Fun Fact

I have a 1966 Corvette and a 1949 Willys Jeep.