founder and farmer
I've worked on farms since I was 16 years old. It was my escape from city life and pursuit towards real, open spaces. I've worked for native nurseries, organic farms, apple orchards, and beekeepers in North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont. My passion for growing food and cultivating a more sustainable world is unwavering. As an Environmental Studies major at Middlebury College, I continued to learn about the vast implications of our food systems and the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Aside from farming, my life consists of romping around mountains with my pup Topo, indulging life's beauty with loved ones, trail running, and making art. My dream is to live in harmony with the Earth and to endow a sense of passion for the planet's health in others -- with this comes my dedication to communal and personal wellbeing.
Founding Partner and Investor
Mark founded Open Realty Advisors in 1987 and has since operated a flourishing, creative commercial real estate business. Mark leads Open Realty’s principal investment endeavors, hotel development and new business generation. He was a founding venture investor of Restoration Hardware and a founding partner of Retail and Restaurant Growth Capital, an SBIC lending fund focused on growing retail and restaurant ventures. Mark has served on many corporate and philanthropic boards including The Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Temple Emanu-El, Time For Dallas, Retail and Restaurant Growth Capital, Beauty First, The Walking Company and Le Gourmet Chef.