Mark was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1982) with a B.S. in Accounting, of University of Southern California (1985) with a J.D. in Law, of The George Washington University (2002) with an LL.M. master of laws and MPH master of public health, and of The Wharton School and International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (2012) with a CEBS, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation. He is currently a Fellow of the ISCEBS. His thesis at The George Washington University was entitled: “ERISA Group Health Plan Fiduciaries Must Emphasize Quality Medical Care.” He is also licensed to practice law in Illinois, Nevada and Washington DC, and is licensed as a CPA in Texas.
Mark began his career in employee benefits at the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen in Chicago (1985-1992). He was the plan administrator of a self-funded health and welfare trust fund with more than 25,000 persons for the Clark County Education Association in Las Vegas, Nevada (1992-2000). While attending graduate school in Washington, DC after 15 years as an employee benefits specialist practitioner, Mark served as a Fellow at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (2000-2002). In 2002 Mark began as CFO of Anesti Pharmaceuticals, a start-up specialty pharmaceutical company that was formed to acquire and remarket neurological disorder prescription drugs.
Mark began his current position in 2003 as CEO of the non-profit Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Association (ICUBA). Mark has led ICUBA from a fledging $23 million annual enterprise into an annual $95 Million+ community juggernaut with an average daily cash balance in excess of $30 Million. Under Mark’s leadership, ICUBA has grown by more than 70%, currently covering more than 15,200+ people in the self-funded, consumer directed, value based, member centric medical, prescription drug and WellBeing employee benefits plan growing from eight not-for-profit, private Florida education employers in 2003 to 26 employer members now in 2017, with annual premium increases of less than 4.5% per year over the last five years, and administrative costs consistently less than 7% of premium.
Mark is currently serving as Executive Committee Member of the Florida Health Care Coalition Board of Directors.