Biographical Sketch

“Some people try to save time by not re-inventing the wheel.
Mark comes up with an idea that is better than the wheel.”
– Dottie Grover
Namesake of the NHCCM
Leadership Award

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About Mark St.Cyr,

A Biographical Sketch:

IM000317.JPGMark is one of the very few that can actually make the claim of being a recognized expert and authority and mean it. His insights on: Global markets, Wall Street, Finance, Business, Sales, Motivation, Entrepreneurship and more have been increasingly sought. His diverse writings appear regularly on, or referenced by, many of the world’s top media sites, blogs, papers of record and more across the web and around the globe, reaching millions. e.g., USA Today™, Market Watch™, Sky News™, ZeroHedge™, CNN/Money™, Seeking Alpha™, Forbes.com-CEO Network®, Business Insider™, China Daily™, Times of India™, Belfast Telegraph™, SlopeOfHope™, Investing(.)com just to name a few.

With many of his writings translated into other languages along with his blog routinely visited and read in over 165 countries by people looking for insights and observations, one point becomes abundantly clear: It puts him into that rare category of “leading authorities” on the world stage today.

Starting his career at age 18 holding every title from janitor to CEO. He’s personally overseen budgets, and companies ranging from the local independent, to the larger corporate entity with annual revenues nearing $100 Million.

Without a formal higher education to rely on he made his way through effort and hard work to be named Vice President of a multimillion dollar corporation at age 23. He held his first position as CEO at 28.

A top performer in both sales and management, he has also trail blazed opening ethnic markets and advertising campaigns that included some of the world’s foremost global corporations.

Mark also served in such roles as corporate liaison to the USDA. He’s been trained, certified, and was one of the pioneers writing company compliance programs for the NASA inspired HACCP program. He has also worked and consulted within the television, radio, and advertising industry.

He is one of the very few with a verifiable track record in correctly calling for caution as others remained oblivious to the dangers across multiple industries; for them only to be blindsided by tumultuous upheavals causing $10’s of Billions (yes that’s a B) of both dollars or market share losses.

His first book, A Fist Full Of Markers (2012 StreetCry Media) was launched with no fan fare, no social media, and no advertising to what many marketing skeptics called ” a doomed window” for a launch (just three days before Christmas) to results typically not seen for many that make the so-called “best seller” list.

In less than 24 hours his book was being downloaded in 13 countries. In 72 hrs – it was well over Forty. It was once again a moment in a long series of examples where Mark used himself as a true exemplar or leader demonstrating and publicly documenting the results proving all the skeptics wrong.

Mark retired at the age of 45 and currently resides and travels from “The Horse Capital of the World” Lexington, KY.
Mark continues to actively write, and speak.

His articles currently share an audience of millions at any given time, and is still growing. He believes, “Properly articulated actionable advice has no boundary.”

All this from someone who is not afraid to admit: He has a hard time spelling cat without spell checker.

Mark’s official web-site is: http://www.MarkStCyr.com

 

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For those wanting to know a little more about Mark:

Mark grew up in the once thriving city of Lawrence Massachusetts. But “once” is the operative word.
Lawrence had degenerated from its once lofty title of being the, “Textile Capital of the World” to being featured across the nation’s television screens as riot police were trying to regain control as the city erupted in a race riot and chaos. All this in the neighborhood where Mark both lived and worked.

Years later Mark would help transform a former employers closed building and company in that same depressed area, into a thriving dominant wholesaler and ethnic market unlike any other.

Mark would later go on convince McDonald’s® in the early 90’s on the strength and market viability of the local ethnic markets and helped orchestrate their first foray into Hispanic radio advertising which still runs today.

Mark was not the only one to make great strides from tough beginnings. During this same period things weren’t going all that well for not just himself but also for a few friends. Against all odds Mark decided to be successful in business and retire by age 45. His friends wanted to pursue the dream of becoming rock stars.

To just about anyone these were impossible dreams with near impossible odds starting so far down the ladder. However against such odds Mark ended up running the #2 largest independently owned food company in New England with yearly sales nearing $100 million dollars and retired at age 45. His friends went on to garner 4 Grammy nominations, and are still one of the top rock bands in the world. Not bad for a bunch of guys starting from as one of them wrote. “The Lawrence I remember was full of murderers, thieves, and rapists. And half the time those were your next door neighbors.”

It’s this type of first hand knowledge and experiences that make for a rare combination to express useful and relatable insights people want to hear and use, differentiating him from most of today’s public speakers or writers.

Just how many people today can articulate from a first hand stand point where two people helping out a mutual friend at his restaurant (one washing dishes, the other waiting tables) discuss and talk about how one is going to make it in the music business while the other is going to succeed in business, then both reach those pinnacles of success? No other speaker on the world stage today has that type of first hand introspective with the ability to articulate it where others can find useful insights and motivation.

Today when it comes to business or other trends, there are many examples of where Mark was one of the lone voices to both write and speak the praises of many forth coming, game changing products or services. To note just one: Everyone from Wall Street and other media voices (including tech or financial media) criticized and were making fun of a little understood product with the true potential of the overused “game-changing” product. Mark was one of the few to champion its potential while others made fun of its name and questioned its significance. We now know that game-changing product: as the iPad®.

Today it seems shocking anyone couldn’t see its potential, yet at the time, very few did: except Mark.

To put credence to this claim Mark was also one of the first along with Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki to have a personal App™ in iTunes® dedicated to their writings and insights. All at a time when people criticized such a foolish notion of something known as an app.

The argument put forth by many was: “Who would buy or use such things in mass when desktops and their ancillary programs would dominate for the foreseeable future?”

Now it is the app that dominates. In just 4 short years apps are well over a $30 Billion dollar industry and still growing, where the opposite is taking place in the former.

His writings and insights on financial markets alone have been at the forefront of many of the dominating stories related to Wall Street and global markets. He wrote on the topic of High Frequency Trading and its negative influence on the financial markets when very few (even on Wall Street itself) understood the implications, to then find his insights smack dab in the middle of one the most tumultuous scandals to hit the markets since the great financial collapse of 2008.

This is just touching the surface of Mark’s colorful career and it does leave a compelling question on the table that needs to be asked. Who has or can demonstrate true credibility? Someone who’s actually done it? Or, by what far too many do, or are known for today? i.e., They read in someone’s book, that read someone else’s book, that heard from someone, that you should now by their book, as to learn how you can do it too!

If that sounds ridiculous it’s because – it is. But that doesn’t stop many in the motivation industry today from doing just that, which Mark both rails against and deplores.

Mark believes, “Properly articulated actionable advice has no boundary.” Which is exactly the reason why his articles can pop up just about anywhere.

Readers have sent links of finding his insights in the most unlikely of spaces such as once being named an “Expert Contributor” to a women’s health blog. Another article made its way onto a running blog, while yet another finding its way to a coffee-house blog in Salt Lake City, Utah. You just never know where Mark’s insights are going to pop up.

Currently he is working on his next book and audio release due out in later this year. Any and all information can be found via Mark’s official web-site: www.MarkStCyr.com

“For some – words are one thing.
For others – it’s the results that truly count.” -Mark St.Cyr