About Us

Arona Corporation (Arona) was founded on April 26, 1996 by Thomas Bernau. Mr. Bernau currently serves as President and CEO of Arona. Arona opened their first Aaron’s store September 1, 1997 in Des Moines, IA. Since that time, Arona has grown to be the second largest Aaron’s franchisee operating 51 locations in 6 states. In 2003 Mark Connelly, Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitons / Partner, joined Arona and in 2008 Brent Gregurek, Executive  Vice President / Chief Operating Officer  / Partner, also joined the company.Since 2007 Arona has been featured in the Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America every year. In 2012 and 2013 Arona was also given the Inc. Hire Power award for the Top Job Creators in the State of Iowa.

Aaron’s Inc. (Aaron’s) is a national leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories. Aaron’s has more than 1,800 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Aaron’s is a publically traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.