Mark creates and drives the overall Commerce House vision. He’s fiercely entrepreneurial—one has to be to open his own agency—and incredibly passionate about the ideas created inside our walls. Having worked in large holding company environments for most of his career, Mark’s goal is to ensure brands have a world-class independent option when it comes to agency partners.
“Combine one part entrepreneur with one part business acumen and one part rogue explorer. Mix thoroughly.”
Southwest By Northeast
When it came time to launch his own agency, Mark left a position as EVP/Operating Board Member of McCann/New York. There he oversaw the Kohl’s Department Stores and Clearasil business and led the start-up of TAG, dedicated to young adult marketing. Prior to that, he served as GM of McCann’s four Southwest region offices. And when McCann acquired Temerlin McClain, Mark became the Dallas agency’s COO — overseeing such accounts as Texas Instruments, i2 Technologies, La Quinta Inns and Suites, 7-Eleven, Federated Department Stores, SCI Corporation, Green Mountain Energy and Toshiba Computers. He came to McCann by way of O&M, where he was a Senior Partner and Group Management Supervisor for PepsiCo International and GTE. Mark cut his teeth in New York at Grey, Young & Rubicam and Deutsch.
Fueled by a genuine passion for his clients’ businesses, Mark relentlessly pursues new ideas and ways of looking at existing businesses, elevating his involvement to a higher, more emotional plane. This is what drove him to quit his successful career in NY and start an agency in Dallas without a single client. Only a dream and the drive to make it happen.
Off The Clock
Mark and his wife, Pam, live in Dallas and have two children. He’s active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation and Dallas Film Society. He’s also worked with Boys and Girls Clubs, Dallas Symphony, Junior League, March of Dimes and Cattle Baron’s Ball. He loves to travel and combines that with a passion for food, planning trips around great restaurants. To offset his food love, Mark runs. He’s completed 10 marathons.
Palisades Park, New Jersey
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