In 1987, with a $25,000 credit line, Mark and his wife, Debbie, started a small restaurant. They later sold this successful business and Mark began building his real estate business, eventually starting his own development company.
A conservative businessman who has long been active in the Republican Party, Mark served as Party Precinct Chair, Precinct Judge, County Party Chairman, and on the Republican Party Executive Committee at both district and local levels.
Mark is a Christian who has served as an Elder and Adult Sunday School Teacher at Community Bible Church, where he and his family have been actively involved for nearly 30 years.
Mark and Debbie reside in Transylvania County. They have two adult children and one grandchild.