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At the NanoBusiness Alliance, Mark serves as the day-to-day manager of Alliance strategy, programs, finance, and development. In addition, he is the lead spokesperson for the Alliance and oversees the organization's Angel Network, public policy efforts and Hubs Initiative. As Forbes recently noted, "His power lies in his status as the central hub of the nanotech industry: the go-between among scientists, venture capitalists, government officials and executives…no one understands the worlds of government, public policy and their marriage with science and business better."
Under Mark's leadership the Alliance has grown to over 250 members ranging from GE to Lockheed Martin to JP Morgan to leading start-ups, investors, universities and service firms. Numerous government leaders noted that the Alliance was instrumental to the recent development and passage of the US House of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act. The NanoBusiness News, the Alliance's bi-weekly newsletter, is the most read publication in the nanotech field. The Alliance's annual conference NanoBusiness 2003 was the most attended event of its kind. Wired Magazine noted recently "If the excitement at New York's NanoBusiness Conference is any guide, future historians will declare early 2003 to be nanotechnology's tipping point, the pivot on which the industry slid from "not quite ready" to "raring to go".
Mark is a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He is among the most well known figures in the nanotech field and was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of nanotech's top 5 "powerbrokers" and received a Small Times Best of Small Tech Awards. He is a finalist for this year's Fortune Magazine "40 Under 40." Mark has testified before the US Senate on nanotechnology funding, investment, technology transfer and global competition. He also developed partnerships for the Alliance with Deloitte & Touche, Penton Media, Nissho Iwai and others to develop reports, events, mentor start-ups, and enter new markets. He also organized affiliate organizations and regional nanobusiness "hubs" in the EU, Canada, Israel, and a dozen US states.
Mark taught the first classes on the business of nanotechnology at Northwestern's Kellogg School and NYU's Stern School of Business. Under his direction the Alliance held the first pitch event for nanotech start-ups and investors. The Alliance will hold three similar events in 2003. Mark has lectured before numerous global technology and investor conferences, leading think tanks, as well as briefing the White House, US Dept. of Commerce, NSF, Congress, the Federal Reserve's Financial Markets retreat, global Fortune 500 companies, and numerous foreign government agencies. He is also the most quoted figure in the nanotechnology field, having been featured in Time, Newsweek, US News, ABC News, CNBC, CNNfn, BBC, Bloomberg Radio, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, IBD, Nihon Keizai Shimbun and numerous others.
In addition to leading to the NbA, Mark is the acting CEO of the NanoBusiness Development Group (NbDG), a consulting and business services firm that helps clients understand the multi-trillion dollar opportunity presented by the emerging nanotechnology sector; working with them to plan and position themselves to become leaders in the field through unmatched research, analysis, relationship building, and guidance. The NbDG is on target to book between $1.5 - 2.5 million in consulting fees in its first year of operations. It has completed or is in the process of developing solutions for a dozen clients ranging from Fortune 500 chemical manufacturers to foreign government development agencies to start-ups to regional economic development organizations. Mark also recently joined Lux Capital as an advisor.
Before starting the NbA, Mark served as a Vice President of Business Development for Opion, a Virginia-based surveillance technology company that analyzed and measured public sentiment via monitoring of public discussions and identifying key influencers, finding which people move opinion on any subject. He led efforts to develop business relationships with leading Fortune 500 consumer companies including Philip Morris, DaimlerChrysler and WPP. Opion's technology assets were sold to the Federal government and Intelliseek.
Mark also served as Director of Niehaus, Ryan, Wong NYC, heading strategic communications, investor relations and issues management efforts for a host of leading technology companies, including Yahoo, Covisint, PanAmSat, SmartRay, eSpeed, Technanogy, Organic, and The Motley Fool and growing the new office to over $8.5 million in annual billings. In addition to leading the start-up and development of the New York office, Mark helped create the Business Intelligence Unit and the Interactive Bureau. Before joining NRW, Mark was account leader for issues management and communications and investor relations strategies at Golin/Harris International for the DaimlerChrylser merger, MasterCard, Sprint, and a series of clients undertaking business reorganizations, M&A efforts and other complex financial and legal undertakings. During this time he also advised numerous technology start-ups on business development, marketing and investment strategies.
Before entering the private sector, Mark was an appointee in the Clinton Administration, where he served as Special Assistant to Sec. Henry Cisneros at HUD and Sec. Dan Glickman of USDA, developing policy, legal and communication strategy efforts on issues ranging from Y2k preparedness, US mortgage and banking systems, the online transformation and integration of HUD and FHA programs, digital divide efforts, biotech and organic food standards, and regional economic development programs. While with the Administration, Mark also led program management, policy and communication efforts for the President and CFO of the Resolution Trust Corporation, the quasi-governmental corporation that tackled the multi-billion dollar savings and loan bailout. At closing, the RTC disposed of its entire asset portfolio of over $450 billion.
currently lives in Woodstock, NY, with his wife Kelly and their pack
of rescued dogs and cats. He is a graduate of the University of Denver
College of Law and Boston University.
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