Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.
Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains, Mark moved to the Tampa Bay Area for a change of (sunnier) scenery and to help grow this sliver of coastline into a technology hub. After receiving his BA in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Mark helped start and grow many different apps, software, and businesses through a practical approach merging design, software, and a little bit of panache.
Over the years, Mark has enjoyed stints in almost every area of software development. From building R&D learning apps for the Marines to creating fitness startups, He enjoys the challenges of approaching a new field and bringing in innovation to disrupt the status quo.
What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?
Mark believes that the Tampa Bay area is a very unique haven to have stumbled on. It has a little old world charm and feels like its going through a renaissance as a community, with each part of the Bay Area developing its unique persona.
What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?
When not redesigning the world, Mark can be found enjoying the outdoors in any capacity, traveling to new places, enjoying a drink at Epcot, or playing video games with his cats.
How do you give your time back in the community?
Instead of moving to the next big software company, Mark wants to grow and foster the people around him. He loves sharing his knowledge at Meetups and hack-a-thons, as well as mentoring any young talent in the community that will let him rant about the latest technologies.
Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.
Currently, Mark’s passion project is designing curriculum and teaching people how to be good software developers. While being a key member of the academics team at Suncoast Developers Guild, Mark is drawing upon his experience in the learning industry to better shape a learning path, and build better software and tools to accelerate the learning process.