Mark Speese

Mark Speese

Mark E. Speese (born 1957) is an American businessman who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Rent-A-Center.

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, 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.


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