Mark is focused on the global growth and health of NorthWind Partners, advising select clients on critical leadership issues, and overseeing capital deployment within NorthWind Investments, an entity created to invest/co-invest with clients for optimal long-term alignment. Mark primarily partners with private equity sponsors to build the board, C-suite, and senior leadership teams in portfolio companies ranging from low mid-market to large buyout. He has successfully led and completed over 475 engagements during his career. Mark provides counsel on pre-acquisition evaluation, succession planning, leadership development, and organizational assessment/ integration/ restructuring. Mark is an active Limited Partner and investor within healthcare, financial services, technology, and real estate.
Prior to NorthWind, Mark was a Founding Principal of a top-ten retained search advisory in the healthcare industry. He also helped establish the technology and industrial practices for the southeastern office of a global executive search firm where he developed twelve Fortune 50 clients in an 18 month timeframe. Prior to this, Mark held management roles in corporate strategy and development with a publicly traded media company, where he became the youngest director in the 50-year history of the company’s operations, and led corporate strategy for a start-up software company.
Mark was named one of the top GovCon recruiters by ExecutiveBiz and most influential executives in Tennessee by Business TN. He is a member of ACG and has published articles and spoken on topics related to the C-suite, succession planning, retention, factors affecting the labor market, and more. He holds a degree in economics from Wheaton College and serves on the board of CASA, a non-profit organization supporting children & orphans in Central Asia. Mark and his wife, Lauren, have a son, Brady, in university and three daughters, Zoe, Sadie, and Layla. Mark enjoys the frustrating game of golf, hunting around the world, Cubs baseball, spontaneous adventures, great food in unexpected places, and practicing his conversational and, more importantly, listening skills with the four great women in his immediate family.