Meet The Team

Thomas R. Bernau
Manager

Thomas R. Bernau 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.

Tony Brown
CFO

Tony Brown, Chief Financial Officer, joined Bernau Capital Partners in April 2013.  Prior to joining Bernau Capital Partners, Tony worked as a Senior Auditor at a national public accounting firm “CliftonLarsonAllen” and as an Asset Manager in the Corporate Properties Group at Wells Fargo Financial. Tony graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and from Drake University with his Master of Accounting and MBA. In his free time Tony enjoys golfing, biking, traveling with his family and Iowa State Basketball.

Brenda Jackson
Director of Real Estate

Brenda Jackson, Director of Real Estate, joined Bernau Capital Partners in March 2015. Brenda has over 20 years of experience in Real Estate including Asset Management, Property Management, Corporate Real Estate, Contract Negotiation and Financial Reporting. Brenda received her B.A. in Accounting from Simpson College. Prior to joining Bernau Capital Partners, Brenda worked as an Asset Manager in the Investments area for American Equity Life Insurance Company and spent nine years at Terrus Real Estate Group as a Vice President of Corporate Leasing and was part of the Property Management team. In her free time, Brenda enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Deb Davis
Assistant Controller

Deb Davis, Assistant Controller for Aterra Real Estate, joined Bernau Capital Partners in June 2015.  Deb received her B.A. in Accounting from Simpson College in Indianola.  She has over 20 years of experience in Accounting with 8 of those being in Real Estate.  Deb and her husband, John, have two girls, Katie and Jayden.  In their free time, Deb and her family enjoy biking, traveling, and relaxing with friends and family.