Mark joined Financo in 2012 and has nearly a decade of investment banking experience focused on M&A and capital raising advisory within the Consumer & Retail sector. He focuses on the Healthy Living sub-sector, which includes Better-for-You Food & Beverage, Fitness, Vitamins & Supplements and Active Lifestyle. Mark is responsible for originating and executing transactions within Healthy Living, in addition to advising companies that fall within Financo’s broader consumer efforts.
Mark received a BS in Business Administration, with concentration in Finance, from the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. He graduated with high honors and was a member of the Men’s NCAA Soccer Team.
What drives your passion for Healthy Living?
It stems from a combination of playing sports my entire life and being extremely interested in nutrition. In today’s world, consumers are increasingly conscious of the food they buy and how they treat their bodies. I find the constantly changing trends fascinating, and I think Healthy Living will be a core focus of the consumer world for years to come.
What have you learned from a client that has had a lasting impact?
When I worked with Tatcha, one of their core pillars was the Japanese phrase “ichi-go ichi-e”, which roughly translates to “just this moment, once in a lifetime”. People often focus on the products they receive, but they lose sight of the experience and emotions these products convey. Hearing the story behind the phrase, and what it meant to the company, created a newfound appreciation for brands and their impact on the world. Specifically, I’ve come to appreciate that great brands develop not only best-in-class products, but also create once in a lifetime experiences for their consumers.
What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
My ideal vacation involves a tent, campground and some sort of scenic backdrop. Trying to defy the stereotype that New Yorkers dislike nature, one camping trip at a time.
Where can we find you when you’re outside the office?
Ideally at a National Park or skiing somewhere on the west coast, though it’s more likely I’m at the gym or on the soccer field. It’s on my bucket list to visit all 62 National Parks – I’m currently at 11 and counting!