Mark received his BS in Business Management from Louisiana State University in 1972. He later received his Associates of Arts from the Harvard Business Executive Program in 1977. Mark started his career in the petroleum industry by working with various Gulf Coast operators and contractors in Land and Project Management. In those first thirty years of his career, Mark gained an unparalleled expertise in all facets of Petroleum Land Management including title research, ownership reporting, owner relations, contract negotiations, and regulatory compliance. Those skills allowed Mark to partner in the startup of four different E&P companies under various iterations of “Classic” over the next 10 years. Mark was charged with the oversight of all Land and Regulatory functions for these companies focused in the complex East Texas and North Louisiana oil basins. All four Classic companies were able to assemble, appraise, and monetize significant acreage positions with attractive returns for all involved.
Mark’s unquestioned leadership in all matters of Land, Regulatory, and contract negotiations make him an exciting addition to the Steward team. Throughout his distinguished career, Mark has maintained membership in such professional organizations as Ark-La-Tex Landman Association, AAPL, API, and LA Independent Producers & Royalties.
Mark currently lives in Dallas, Texas, but keeps a residence in Shreveport, Louisiana. When he’s not facilitating deals, he enjoys golf, history, and spending time with his kids and grandkids.