Mark received his B.S. in Forestry from Texas A & M (1976) and his M.S. in Forest Business from Stephen F. AustinState University (1982). After receiving his degree from A&M he worked for Farmcraft Associates, Inc. as a consultant forester until 1983 when he started Forestry Associates, Inc. Throughout his career he has held various positions and received several awards in and from the Society of American Foresters, Texas Forestry Association and the Association of Consulting Foresters. He is past President of the Huntsville Optimist Club and served on City Council for the City of Huntsville. He is a licensed real estate broker in Texas. He resides in Huntsville, Texas.