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About Mark West

Mark West has been happily married 38 years, is the father of two sons, and has been engaged in business since adolescence.  An entrepreneur at heart, Mark has been engaged in business throughout his life.  From selling popsicles after school in junior high school to co-founding and growing a $100 million multi-state senior living healthcare company (which he sold in 2006), much of his life has been committed to the art of business.

Following his graduation from Tennessee Temple University with a degree in Accounting in 1980, Mark formally entered the business world and began to advance rapidly through the various opportunities that were presented to him, including passing the requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant.  From the knowledge and skills he gained early on in his career, Mark was able to apply those principles to the development of a thriving enterprise of more than 1,500 employees in six states.  While business was not always smooth and the horizon was not always sunny and clear, Mark learned much during the stormy periods as well as times of tranquility.

Experience

Mark’s roles have included CFO, COO and President of various entities throughout his 40 years in business.  From the numerous roles he has held, the most important lesson he continues to learn is that to lead effectively one must first serve others.

Hobbies

Mark has enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities throughout the years including, walking, running, biking, skiing and traveling internationally.  He and Lori also enjoy time at their Tennessee farm, Liberty Ridge Ranch, where they enjoy raising a herd of American bison.  Mark enjoys writing and engaging others in discussions that center around one of life’s greatest questions:  “What is Truth?”

Inspiration

Mark credits all that has been accomplished to date in his life to God and the blessings He has bestowed on his life. He and Lori attend Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga and Mark is frequently engaged in mission trips around the world. Their two grown sons, Nathan (and his wife) and Brad, live in SE Tennessee and they too are involved in business pursuits.

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Matthew 23:11

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10