Founder, Retired: Mark’s career in innovation began in the summer of 1970, after earning his B.A. degree from Colgate University. His objective was to find, “Creativity in Business,” which led him into the world of advertising. After two years he earned an MBA from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Mark then joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1974, where he was selected to join the company’s first-ever Corporate New Ventures Group, reporting directly to the CEO. “We were his ‘frustration group.’ It was an unbelievable learning lab for a 28-year-old.”
In 1982 Mark & his family moved home to Boston, where he joined the company that had trained him in creativity training & facilitation when he was at Colgate-Palmolive.
He became a managing partner in 1986.
The name he gave to our company speaks volumes about his vision for innovation...in many ways an oxymoron that captures the dynamic tension between stretching (“Creative”) & execution (“Realities”).
Mark’s driving motto has always been, “Find Your Passion & Everything Else Will Follow.” He helped us all find that passion in innovation, but in January, 2014, after over 25 years and 3.5 million air miles helping clients around the world, he decided it was time to slow down and find some new passions.ave to our company speaks volumes about his vision for innovation...in many ways an oxymoron that captures the dynamic tension between stretching (“Creative”) & execution (“Realities”).
Life has been good to Mark, so in retirement he is pursuing several new passions focused on giving back to the surrounding communities where he lives in Andover, Massachusetts. The most important is “The Kindness Project,” a program he has developed to help 2nd & 3rd grade kids in nearby inner-city schools to develop the skills for being “Kind” to each other and to themselves. He has also created & launched, “Operation College Bound,” a program to help inner-city high school seniors get into college, “and find the money to pay for it!”
On the lighter side he is in the process of starting an acappella singing group at his synagogue. He has also, after a lifetime without a real hobby, found one in flying professional-quality kites, the largest of which is 81 sq. ft. “It’s like sailing on land!” He also is the only person in Massachusetts to own, “The Envoy,” a patented kite ferry that he uses to drop candy to his two grandsons & their friends on the ground at the beach or at home in Andover.
In addition to being our founder, Mark was our teacher, our mentor & our “thought provocateur.” He constantly challenged us to think differently and remain adamantly proactive in bringing new tools, processes and thinking to the field of business innovation. His will always be the voice in the back of our heads that will not accept anything less than the best we can do for our clients and their innovation goals.