"Well, I was sort of a jack-of-all-trades in show business for a long time. I was a singer and a dancer and then I got a job as an actor." -- Christopher Walken
Prior to 2008, Mark held senior/ team-leader positions/ roles in the San Francisco Bay Area, not only with other law firms (including one where he was 4x a team-member of jury & bench trials in civil courts) but also with a cable TV advertising company, a RDBMS/ SQL company, and a recruitment/ staffing firm. Mark's first career was as a news reporter. For example, Mark (not an exhaustive list):
- joined one organization as its "Employee #1" during its first week being open for business, and then helped scale it with its founders from start-up to a 3-fold increase in personnel, clientele and office space over a 5-year period.
- 4x was a lead in guiding teams to start from scratch: 2 new branch offices to spearhead past employers' sales territory and market share expansions, and 2 new departments, including one in HR and another one specializing in private/ corporate security guards recruitment and placement.
- helped develop relational databases to facilitate bringing order from chaos, and signals from noise, within what were usually 50K to 1M+ page document populations produced during the discovery phase of litigations.
- teamed up with customers and their chosen video production teams to script and produce 30-second commercial spots from scratch, or adopt/ re-tool their previously produced spots, to run "on the air" with a local cable TV provider.
- published 50+ articles/ news stories in 4 news outlets. including one in Washington DC, and during the course of his news reporting career Mark had the privilege to interview hundreds of people from all walks of life, including scientists, politicians, community organizers, labor union reps, CEOs, a famous actress, authors, university professors and administrators, law enforcement officers, and, Admiral Bobby Ray Inman (perhaps the most renowned former director of the National Security Agency, or NSA).