Co-Founder, Spartan Blades
Mark is a native of San Diego, California. Mark entered military service in the U.S. Army (1984) and completed his first tour of duty as a light infantry soldier in Ulm, Germany. He was then assigned to a mechanized unit at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He volunteered, was selected and trained as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. He specialized in all aspects of medicine, unconventional warfare with an emphasis on counter terrorism and sniping. While serving in Special Forces he developed an interest in business, logistics and entrepreneurial development. He completed a career of over 21 years with numerous sensitive deployments and missions throughout Asia.
Upon his retirement from the Army, Mark worked as the Director of Overseas Operations – Kuwait, for a local armor development corporation, planning and managing a multi-million dollar contract. He quickly realized that he could combine skills developed by working with foreign governments and the business world. Mark teamed up with Curtis, a former Special Forces teammate with a proven reputation of awesome knife designs to form Spartan Blades, LLC.
Mark is enjoying his foray and rapid induction into the knife world and has found the industry to be not only welcoming but very close knit and helpful during the startup of Spartan Blades. Mark’s extensive military background and tactical knowledge, love of knives and weapons, gives him a unique insight into the critical needs in the field. It is this insight, as well as his close relationship to the Special Operations community and industry, that has given rise to Spartan Blades, LLC. Mark currently resides in Aberdeen, NC, just outside of Ft Bragg.