Mark retired from Lifetouch in 2015 after spending 25 years with the company. He remained two additional years as a consultant to Lifetouch Inc. representing the company on several photography industry groups.
Mark has been privileged to serve in key positions in the volume picture industry. He accepted the position of Managing Director for the newly formed PSPI (Professional School and Sports Photography International) industry group after the association, then known as PSPA (Professional School Photographers Association) transitioned from parent organization, PMA, to the Photo+ Group. Mark had served on the PSPA board of directors for over 10 years.
Prior to retiring Mark served in a variety of roles within Lifetouch, most recently as head of Human Resources for Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits. Before that he was Vice President, Photography of Lifetouch National School Studios (LNSS) where he was responsible for leading the strategic repositioning of photography as a competitive point of difference. This included photographic program development and implementation, photo training design and implementation, photography operations, budget and capital investment. It was in that role where he learned, if you don’t innovate, you evaporate.
Before that Mark held the position of Vice President, Human Resources for LNSS with responsibility for all of the HR disciplines and Public Relations and prior to that he was V. P. Human Resources of Lifetouch Portrait Studios. Over the years with Lifetouch Mark oversaw the startup of new departments including the training & development and customer service functions and led the Marketing dept., R&D dept. and a production facility. Mark’s experience includes participating in the acquisition and integration of Olan Mills, Herff Jones, Jostens Photography and others.
Mark’s interests extend beyond photography having served as the Kenya Ministry Director of IAFR (International Association for Refugees) a UN recognized non-profit organization serving forcibly displaced people in refugee camps around the world.
He has also served on boards and committees of several non-profit organizations and has consulted with church administrators and leaders on strategic, administrative, human resource and operational issues. He planned, organized and raised funds for and led several medical & service mission trips over a 10 year period to impoverished areas in Central America.
Mark’s speaking experience includes engagements at the University of Minnesota, ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) and PSPA (Professional School Photographers Association), PSPI (Professional School & Sports Photographers International) and Imaging USA .