Mark, a resident of Hobe Sound, Florida, is now a successful businessman and owns several different business ventures.
After retiring from the NBA in 2010, Mark turned his attention to developing his business interests. With the counsel of his mentor, Charles Smith, Mark opted to become involved in the food franchise industry.
Ultimately Mark chose Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, and now has two stores, one in City Place and a second in the Palm Beach Outlets, two premier shopping destinations in West Palm Beach. The City Place location opened in December 2014 and the Palm Beach Outlets in April 2014.
Mark also owns a Cinnabon store in the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach, Florida, which opened in August 2015.
In addition to the food stores, Mark is involved in residential real estate in Palm Beach Gardens. Mark found a block of property in Palm Beach Gardens that was sorely in need of renovation.
Always ready to learn new skills, Mark undertook the challenge of rehabbing twelve units with hands-on instruction from friends. “I knew some basic carpentry and I thought it would be great to do the work myself. So with the help of some professionals and learning as I went, we knocked out twelve units in a year.”
The transformation of the area was warmly welcomed by the city and the neighbors and the units have been in demand by renters.
Mark has always enjoyed helping others and during his time with the NBA he participated in many of their goodwill and community outreach programs. Now as a business owner, Mark is continuing his philanthropy.
Beginning in 2012, Mark began a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and donated 140 turkeys to those in need. The program has become an annual tradition.
Toys for Tots was another recipient of Mark’s generosity with the donation of a huge crate of toys for children in need.