Mark grew up on a horse farm in the Caledon Hills just north of Toronto. His mother operated their equestrian farm and his father was a custom home builder. Mark naturally gravitated towards the home building business with his father and summers were usually spent helping out on the various home sites.
He studied hospitality and tourism at Ryerson Polytechnical University and often attended real estate seminars during evenings and weekends. Mark continued to build on his real estate education and worked full time in the custom home building industry after college. It also became apparent that he had a natural ability towards the art of a deal.
Mark became interested in acquiring and developing land in resort areas. The study of demographics and the ability to identify early stage growth markets became the focus and the strength. An alliance with a principal of one of Canada’s prominent real estate investment trusts, taught Mark the finer details involved with financial analysis and deal structuring.
In the mid nineties he identified an opportunity to develop a large parcel of land near the base of the Blue Mountain Resort. A deal was structured, finances arranged and key alliances formed. The publicly traded resort operator Intrawest, became a joint venture partner with Mark. Participating on a visioning team to create a thriving pedestrian village at the base of Blue Mountain was a tremendous experience. The science of creating and executing a unique sales and marketing program that resulted in record breaking sell-outs for the project, was an education that served Mark well in many future projects.
He continued to identify real estate opportunities and arrange the acquisitions through various forms of ownership groups and financial structures. Resort communities, land lease developments, public and private joint ventures and waterfront condominium projects all followed. Much time was spent in the southern USA researching the best themed residential resorts and seniors’ retirement developments. Close working relationships were formed with some of the top resort operators in the country. Through out all of his projects and travels, his underlying strength and aptitude to identify and structure deals became more finally tuned. The vast network of contacts worldwide also proved very beneficial.
Mark recently returned home from spending a significant amount of time in Eastern Canada creating, developing, operating and selling a residential resort community in PEI.
Mark is now focused on building relationships with clients that benefit from his knowledge and experience in the resort, residential and commercial markets. Buyers and sellers of resorts, commercial enterprises and homes enjoy his easy going personality and ability to identify and negotiate the best outcome, quite often finding solutions and value that no one else thought possible.
Today Mark and his wife Wendy call Barrie home. They enjoy boating on Georgian Bay and hiking the vast array of trails in the Muskoka’s. Their children live at various locations in Canada and The USA.