Mark was born in Newark, NJ in 1957. His mother owned a beauty salon
and was a waitress, and his father owned and operated an automobile repair
shop. The family moved to Kenilworth, NJ where he graduated high school.
Mark earned an Economics Degree at Farleigh Dickinson University, and
earned Certified Investment Management Analyst honors at The Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for several investment
firms moving to Georgia, California, Connecticut, and Virginia as a
Stockbroker, Sales Trainer, Sales Manager, Branch Office Manager, Regional Manager and
Regional Vice President. In 1987 he founded Echelon Wealth Strategies LLC.
Mark also competes in skeet, sporting clays, and international trap. He joined the ATA in 1982
at Troy Meadows Trap Club and got started with some instructions from Kay Ohye. He continued
shooting all of the other clay target sports and in 1991 he attended the “Grand” in
Vandalia, OH and was 2nd in class C in the Class Championships. Mark returned in 1992 to
win the “Grand American Handicap” event with the only “100” of the day, setting a record by
besting the field by 2 targets, a feat never done previously, and a record that still stands today.
Since then, Mark has won many other trophies at subsequent Grand American Competitions.
He has also won many New Jersey State trophies including the Doubles Championship in
2009 and the Singles Championship in 2011 shooting 200 straight targets. In addition, he is
currently named to the All American Team for 2015.
Mark has also been a major benefactor to both the North Jersey Clay Target Club, as well as,
the New Jersey State Trapshooting Association.
He credits his success to his mentor Kay Ohye and also “a lot of hard work.” Mark currently has registered 68475 16yd, 44950 handicap and 35050 double targets.