Throughout his 17 years of consulting, Mark has developed a broad set of skills spanning program and project management, organizational change management, strategic planning, business process analysis, vendor management, strategic sourcing/outsourcing, infrastructure management, and systems implementation.
Mark began his career in consulting with Accenture, focusing primarily on large global companies in the telecommunications, computer hardware, and media industries. He continued his career with Sendero Consulting, focusing primarily on the electric utility, gas utility, and oil & gas refining industries. Since joining Thought Ensemble, Mark has worked in the insurance, mining, and industrial manufacturing industries.
With experience across many different industries, Mark’s primary expertise is leading complex program management on large scale ERP system implementations and infrastructure management programs. Guiding the efforts to find balance between all the complexities of the people, the processes, and the technology is what drives his passion for consulting.
Mark has a BBA in Management Information Systems from Baylor University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Outside of work, his passions include playing golf, working on home projects, and spending time with wife and young son.
Analytical, Significance, Maximizer, Focus, Arranger
Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging (ESTJ)
Growing up, I was very involved in team sports — primarily baseball and basketball — and was lucky enough to have parents that encouraged me to find the sport that brought me the most enjoyment. It wasn’t until high school that I discovered the game that would become my primary passion to this day — golf. What fuels my interest in the game can best be summarized by a quote from Jack Nicklaus, “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” Golf is a sport where you are constantly learning. Learning how to play the course conditions on a given day. Learning how to hit different types of shots based on the obstacles in front of you. Learning how to maintain focus and recover when you catch an unfortunate break. And learning how to use the resources available to you to get better at the game.
Consulting is very similar in that the one thing that has remained constant throughout my career is that I am always learning. Whether I am learning the best way to partner with a client, how to adapt when project roadblocks occur, or how I can leverage the skillsets of others to solve a complex problem, consulting allows me an opportunity to consistently challenge myself to always be growing. While I’m passionate about continually growing my unique set of skills, I’m also fueled by building solid relationships and collaborating with my clients to solve the critical challenges they are facing.
Joining TE in early 2020 before the global pandemic provided additional opportunities for me to learn some valuable lessons. Our utilization of the CliftonStrengths assessment, coupled with focused/personalized training to understand my top five strengths, has helped me to adjust to the new “ways of working” in a fully remote environment both on a personal level as well as on a managerial level. But above all else, I learned firsthand what it takes for a small group of dedicated and brilliant professionals to survive an unexpected economic downturn and come out on the other side stronger and better positioned for future growth. That is why I firmly believe in our core value of Better Together.