Mark's career began with Messer in 1983 after co-oping for four years. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and joined the company upon graduation. On his first assignment he served as a quality assurance engineer on a prominent project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mark quickly progressed through the ranks as a result of his operational excellence. Early in his career he was asked to move to Lexington and lead the opening of Messer’s first region office outside of Cincinnati. Later he helped lead and develop Messer’s presence in Louisville. After these successes, he returned to help lead the company’s largest region, Cincinnati. Over time, he was then charged with guiding and overseeing the project operations and performance of Messer’s northern region offices, which includes Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis. In January 2018 Mark was promoted to senior vice president and chief operations officer and is responsible for company-wide construction operations performance. He has led the company’s early adoption and implementation of lean processes, and has since championed newer efforts to improve the way the company manages construction projects and delivers quality. He has been at the forefront of the company’s effort to create career paths for superintendents and advance skill development for the company’s craftforce. He has also led the company’s innovation efforts in prefabrication and technology solutions to create safer, more efficient jobsites.
Mark is a Leadership Cincinnati XXVIII and University of Cincinnati Executive Program graduate. His previous community service includes past board chair for the Allied Construction Industries, the OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence (formerly Community ReSource Center), and the Spirit of Construction. Mark is a past board member of Kicks for Kids and the University of Cincinnati Engineering Alumni Association. He currently serves on the board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence and St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.