A Rhode Island native, Mark moved to Connecticut to attend the University of Connecticut School of Law. He started his legal career with the New Haven law firm Hogan, Rini and Mednick, PC and joined the CIC staff in 1994 as Deputy Director and General Counsel. He was named President in 1999. Mark is a member of both the Connecticut and Rhode Island Bar Associations.
Mark sits on the Board of Connecticut Key to the Future, an organization that promotes US Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs through education. He is also a member of the Investment Action Team of the ReSet Social Enterprise Trust, a group fostering entrepreneurship that results in businesses that create public good. Previously Mark served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS).
Mark was named the 2006 Financial Services Champion by the CT District of the SBA and was presented the CEDAS President’s Award for achievement in the field of economic development in 2008. Of his professional accomplishments, Mark is most proud of the team of highly skilled and motivated individuals he’s assembled at CIC to advance the company’s economic development mission.
In between his first and second year of law school, while others were frantically competing for a spot on Law Review, Mark and his then future wife Sue spent the summer backpacking through Western Europe touring 10 countries.
A Kiva junkie (www.kiva.org), Mark has lent to micro businesses in over 15 countries across 4 continents.
Since leaving Rhode Island, a Boston sports stronghold, Mark has endured years of abuse as a diehard Red Sox and Bruins fan living in Yankee and Ranger country.
CIC is an economic development lender contributing financial expertise and practical guidance to small business entrepreneurs in Connecticut and Rhode Island who have powerful ideas and need more power to grow them.