Mark grew up in a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He began his golf career at the age of twelve, playing with his father in a weekly golf league. Mark was a four year starter for his high school golf team. He earned various awards and honors through his high school career. Mark continued his golf career at Gannon University in Erie, PA. He played two full seasons before passing his Playing Ability Test to become a registered apprentice of the PGA. He interned at Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, PA until he graduated from college in 1997. After college he worked his first winter in Naples, FL at Imperial Golf Club. The following winter, Mark was afforded the opportunity to work at Naples National Golf Cub. During his tenure, he had the privilege to meet and observe such teachers as Gene Sarazen, David Leadbetter, Craig Harmon, Bob Ford, Lonnie Nielsen and John Calabria. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching at Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown, PA. Mark was offered the opportunity to work at Naples Grande Golf Club in April 2000, shortly after the club opened. He became a PGA Member in September of the same year. While working for Naples Grande, he had the privilege of teaching along side Top 100 Golf Instructors: Mark Wood, Tom Patri, Jon Tattersall and Eden Foster. He also assisted with Dave Pelz Short Game Schools and Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools. Mark plays golf left-handed and is a proponent of the fundamentals of golf and bases his communication with students on simplicity. Currently, he is the Director of Instruction at the Naples Grande Golf School which he helped establish in October 2005. He was recently honored by his peers when he received 2007 Teacher of the Year for the Southwest Florida Chapter PGA. He has a wife Kelly and a dog Riley. His other interests include football, baseball, fitness, reading and traveling.