- How long have you known Mark?7-8 years
- Three words to describe Mark: Engaging - Fun - True Leader (and Gladiator - Ha!)
- If Mark created a nickname for you, what is it and where did it come from?
Stevie G - From Mark (don't let him know that others have called me that before him.)
- Funny memory with Mark:
Mark walking through the office on Wednesdays saying, "What day is it? HUMP Day!"
Mark constantly quoting one scene from Gladiator...."My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North..."
Our entire trip to Dallas for a conference. Mark brings fun wherever he is.
There are so many fun memories in working with Mark.
- How has Mark impacted your life?
Mark makes me want to be a better leader. Having a leader of his caliber on our Buckhead Church Groups team, makes me want to leverage the gifts he has and provide challenges for him and our team. He's a man who isn't content with the status quo. His tenacity to address and solve problems has motivated me to action many times as a leader. More than that, he is a true friend. As much as Mark is wired to achieve, he always puts the person above the project or goal. That makes me want to be a better friend to those around me.
- What do you think Mark’s legacy will be? What is his lasting imprint on the world?
A leader of men who calls men to leadership in all areas of their lives. First, I think Mark's greatest legacy will be the influence he has had and is having on his two boys. Mark is an intentional, encouraging and present dad. Second, through his ministry to men, I think he is having a tremendous impact on his leaders who are then impacting other men. I think the rippling effects of Mark's influence in his leaders' lives will not only benefit them but their wives/future wives and children/future children for years and years to come.
- Anything else you’d like to say to wish Mark Happy 50th Birthday!
Mark, You are an exceptionally talented man. As you are reflecting on your life at this particular birthday, I pray that God will allow you to see the MANY ways He has used and is using you. I know there are other career paths you could have chosen...paths that could have brought you more money or fame. From my perspective, you've chosen the better path. It's a narrower path that few men choose but it's a path of influence over riches. I truly believe that the best years of your leadership are yet to come. I'm grateful to call you a true friend and to have a ringside seat to watch God work in and through you! Happy Birthday!