Mark has been an industry leading entrepreneur and a C-suite member of companies for decades. He has identified opportunities, conceived the plan, partnered, built with his own "hands" and sold numerous companies during his career.
Prior to launching BDK, Mark served as Managing Partner of Citadel where he has co-managed the drilling and completion of four wells for the company’s freshwater operations, co-managed the construction of four water depots infrastructure, as well as overseeing the drilling, completion and construction of Citadel’s first saltwater disposal well, the Pembroke SWD, and energy plant infrastructure. His day-to-day responsibilities included HR, management of various government, regulatory, and E&P relationships, plus implementing company wide HSE policies, and day-to-day operating procedures.
Mark was co-founder and served as Managing Partner of The Atlantic Partners, an Atlanta based M&A advisory firm focused on strategic middle market corporate realignments and exit strategies. During his tenure, he was CEO/Chairman of Composite Materials Technology (CMT), a utility services and manufacturing company, where he built the company’s national footprint until the company was successfully sold to Phillips B.V. Mark was also a Partner in the Private Equity firm, Criterion Partners. Prior to this, Mark was CEO/Chairman at PNI Technologies, a Wireless Network provider, which he led to a highly successful IPO. Before taking the helm at PNI, Mark was President of British Telecom North America overseeing all of their activities in the U.S. Leading up to his tenure with British Telecom, he was Founder & CEO of The Beeper Company, a National wireless company that was the exclusive distributor for 17 Bell operating companies, which he sold to Bell Atlantic for $200 million.
Mark has successfully exited 11 companies.
Mark is the former Chairman of Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and the former Chairman of Pace Academy’s Life Trustees. Currently he is a member of the Executive Committee of The Galloway School in Atlanta, is an active leader in The Boy Scouts of America and twice Chaired metro Atlanta’s Boys and Girls Club Annual Campaign. He was a Member of EF Johnson’s Dealer Advisory Board and has Chaired numerous other private companies. Mark attended Brigham Young University with a major in Accounting.
If Mark is not at home with his wife in Lafayette, CA you will most likely find him on the trail hiking to a mountain top or dirt biking in the desert.
Brian's take on Mark: "Mark is fearless. He thrives on breaking barriers and find opportunity within chaos. His ability to tell you what you may not be prepared to hear is enlightening. Mark has lived his entire life believing that changing a tire is no one else’s job but his own. He expects people to do their jobs with measurable accountability."