Mark is a graduate of the Wharton Business School and Stanford Law School.
He is a Los Angeles native and has been around great story tellers all his life. He has long been fascinated by the power of language, critical thought, and story arcs. This led him to Stanford Law School, where he honed these crafts and grew familiar with how a highly selective university goes about choosing who it will admit into its community. Just down the walkway during this time, soon-to-be-household names like Google and eBay were springing up, and Mark leaped right from law school into the dotcom boom.
After working in a number of startups that are not household names, he went on to spearhead applications product marketing for Oracle Corporation, which shared similarities with the marketing he’d done on behalf of himself while aspiring to enter the country’s elite graduate schools. This is when Mark decided to begin offering his skills to other MBA and JD applicants in his spare time as well. After this first role at Oracle, Mark was awarded with a position in the company’s CEO office, which he held until leaving for business school.
Mark chose to attend Wharton because of his passion for the financial markets, and a desire to experience East Coast life for the first time. This was highly rewarding, and toughened him up enough that he decided to stay on the East Coast (and London) indefinitely. But after trading jobs at Lehman Brothers and a small prop trading firm coincided with the market cataclysms of 2008, he gravitated back home to Los Angeles to use his skills in specialty finance within granular illiquid market niches, particularly real estate.
This is when he began counseling MBA applicants in earnest. Mark prides himself on rapid high-quality work turnarounds, crafting novel insights out of seemingly ordinary backgrounds, and helping others to overachieve. In his spare time he enjoys international travel, fine art, sports, and following current affairs.
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