Mark E. Speese
) is an American businessman
who is currently the Chairman and CEO
Speese has served on the Board of Directors since 1990. Until 1999, he was the president and chief operating officer of the company. For a period of about one year, until December 2000, Speese served as Vice Chairman of Rent-A-Center. Speese assumed his current position in October 2001 with the retirement of then-Chairman and CEO J. Ernest Talley.
Previously to his employment at Rent-A-Center, Speese was the Vice President of Vista Rent-to-Own.
According to Forbes.com
, Speese makes $685,001 USD
annually, plus a bonus of $205,500 for a total of $890,500. He has 522,500 unexercised stock options
worth a market value of $4,362,163.
In 2005, Speese was named 'Entrepreneur
of the Year' of the North Texas-Oklahoma-Arkansas Area in the Retail
and Consumer Products
category by Ernst & Young
. He was selected from a field of 22 finalists.