Mark believes that life is not a dress rehearsal, so he has enjoyed taking risks and exploring a few different roads. His adventures include years spent in acting, hospitality, and technology, in that order. He has managed business teams numbering from 3 to 600, and taught sales and marketing techniques to IBM and to the general public nationally.
One of the most unique chapters of his working career was with Transcisco Tours, a 15 million dollar luxury cruise train operating from San Jose, traveling to Lake Tahoe twice weekly. Mark was hired to create the on-board product and experience from scratch. He created fine dining, full bars, and on-board entertainment within the confines of railroad cars. His product, the “Sierra 49er Express”, garnered national attention from exposure on CNN and The Robin Leach Show.
His San Francisco catering company’s clients included NBC, Tiffany & Co, Neiman-Marcus, Cartier, Oracle, Danielle Steel and many other top international companies and the cream of San Francisco society.
Mark has been a painter all his life. His uncle put a paintbrush in his hand, along with a collection of oil paints and a blank canvas when he was 10. After many years of experimenting with pen and ink, charcoals, watercolors, oils and acrylics, he found that he most enjoyed painting large canvases with abstract themes. He has had his work shown and many of his pieces reside in homes and offices. His style is bold, colorful and physical. The only time Mark uses a brush is to sign his work. All other paint is applied via palette knives, sponges and his hands and arms. He now lends his style to Piquarium frames in the MRM Original collection. He paints these, one at a time, often working with customers’ suggestions on color, density and intensity. The frames evoke the style of Mark’s hero in art, Jackson Pollack.
This small idea for a loved one eventually turned into Piquarium, Inc., which now ships to all 50 states and Canada. As of July 2015, there are 4,100+ Piquariums out there in homes, offices, restaurants, bars, hotels, salons, spas, medical facilities, senior living facilities and funeral homes.
Mark is very excited to have created a product that transforms any environment with beauty, color, life and tranquility. We dedicate it all to R.M. You are missed. XOXO.