Mark brings more than 25 years of strategic planning and business development to Highlander. He focuses on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities within a variety of industries. He has extensive experience in acquiring add-on businesses and working with private equity backed companies. Mark works closely with management teams to successfully execute their business plans, and he provides assistance with organic and add-on acquisition strategies.
Mark joined Highlander in 2012 as Director of Business Development and was promoted to Partner in 2016. Most recently, he was co-founder and a partner at BlackStripe Advisors, a boutique M&A advisory firm formed in 2009. He also was a partner with the JIAN Group, a middle market intermediary focused on the building products, construction and government contracting industries. Prior to that, Mark held senior positions for over 15 years with JELD-WEN, Inc., one of the world’s largest building products manufacturers and Atrium Companies, Inc., the largest aluminum and vinyl window manufacturer in North America. For both companies, he led the corporate development efforts as Vice President, Corporate Development for JELD-WEN and as Executive Vice President, Development and Strategy for Atrium. Mark also held various positions with GE Capital and First Southwest Company. Mark has been directly involved in over 100 transactions in various industries in 12 countries around the world. His experience base includes real estate, construction, risk management, IT operations, corporate development and strategic planning as well as buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisition advisory.
Board Memberships (Current and Past)
Custom Extrusion Holdings, LLC, current Chairman
Twitchell Technical Products, LLC, current
Versatex Building Products, LLC, current Chairman
Custom Window Systems, Inc, past
B.A. in Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder
Managed Portfolio Companies