My purpose in starting this blog was to simply have a place where I could share some thoughts and insights about business with friends and colleagues – nothing profound, just thinking out loud.

For those who don’t know me, I grew up in Philadelphia during the era of the Philly Sound. I was influenced by all of the sights and sounds of the time from R&B to the local folk scene. I started my career as a performing musician playing the clubs, frat parties, and coffee houses that seemed to be everywhere. After a decade of live performances, writing and recording music, I started a business career with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. As the District Manager of ASCAP’s Baltimore/Washington office I learned the business side of the music business while gaining effective negotiation skills. After shifting gears again with a move to Northern California, I entered the contract furniture industry and business-to-business sales in the San Francisco Bay area. Every step along the way has come with an important lesson that helped me be more effective in business and define who I am. I am a sales professional, a musician, an avid student of early American history, husband and dad.


2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dave Ciottoni said:

    Mark, I enjoyed your article about being a Trusted Advisor. I, too, grew up in Philly and have been in the Contract Furniture Industry in one form or another since 1977. Your insights ring tru with my slaes experiences over my many years in Sales. Coincidently, I jusy had lunch with Rob Sagot, Phila Furniture SalesDirector for Business Interior by Staples. Do you know him? Please contact me; we might have a lot in common.

    • Thanks Dave! It’s good to hear from another Philly boy. I’m glad you could relate to the post. And yes, I do know Rob but, not well. We met a few months ago at a meeting in Dallas. I’ll let him know we have connected.

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