Mark works with CEOs to help them profitably grow their businesses both as an Executive in Residence for VIATEC and through direct engagements with companies.
Prior to becoming an Executive in Residence for VIATEC, Mark was the president and CEO of Contech Enterprises Inc., a technology based company that provided green pest management products for consumers. While at Contech, revenues grew by more than five times by expanding distribution networks, driving world leading science and adding complementary acquisitions. Contech was sold to The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in 2015, the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products.
Prior to Contech, Mark was the vice president and general manager for JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest family owned, privately held companies in the US. While at Huber, he led the turnaround of a $170m specialty chemical business that resulted in EBIT growing from $5m to 18m in two years. Previously, Mark had a number of different roles in development, marketing, production and strategy with Mercedes-Benz while based in in Germany with projects in South Africa, Latin America and the US.
Mark has an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and an engineering degree from the University of Victoria, Canada.
Outside of business, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids and can commonly be found coaching at the rink or ballpark or sailing around BC’s south coast.
Advisory Boards - Advantages, Set-Up & Utilization
The panel will cover the advantages of having an advisory board, when and how to set one up, and how to utilize your board effectively.
Mark’s co-panelists are:
- Mia Maki: University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business
- Alex Glassey: CEO, StratPad. Author of “Customer Dreams”