10 Questions for Mark
How long have you been at Profit Point and why did you choose to work here?
I filled this role as an independent contractor until 2015, when Profit Point convinced me to join the team full-time as a supply chain expert. I did not need a lot of convincing, because I already knew that Profit Point was made up of smart people with a reputation for getting great things done. They were even better at being people who not only made a company, but a beautifully unique and caring family.
Where do you live and why did you choose that place?
The first time I arrived in Ann Arbor, I was a poor college student and hated it because I could not identify with those who made Ann Arbor their home. Heck, I arrived from a small industrial, farming community with the self-anointed title, “Pace Setter of the Thumb”. What did I get myself into? I moved away at the first opportunity, but later moved back for different job opportunity and never looked back. Amazing how your opinion of a place can change when you “got” money in your pocket.
How long is your commute to your office space?
Not far really since I sleep in my office… seriously though, I travel a whopping 15 feet each day which means I wear out a pair of slippers every 10 years on average. That is if my wife, Becky, will let me keep them that long.
How do you describe what you do for a living to family and friends?
I really do not talk about the specifics of what I do. Code monkeys do not discuss work matters with non-Code monkeys. If you want to turn off a conversation, talk about the details of writing, testing and fixing software code which is a lot of what I do. I am, however, unabashed when comes to talking about the great things Profit Point does as a team for some very interesting, known clients and their industries.
What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Profit Point?
The people I work with, their expertise and genius, and their ability to give of themselves providing Profit Point the versatility and flexibility to say yes to a project and succeed or say no and never look back. There is one overarching principle at Profit Point… HAVE FUN! That is important because it is not just talk. I was pleasantly surprised the first time finding out that it was true. Without going into details, not long after my arrival, the team was encumbered with a project full of roadblocks and misery. Rather than retreating, the Profit Point team delivered on our promise to complete the project successfully while meeting our own high standards. When the project was finished, Profit Point politely moved on from a potentially lucrative, yet ‘not fun’ client. At each company meeting, we meet as group and decide what business to pursue based on that principle.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Enjoy a play back of Deanna Wenstrup’s greatest hits. If you work for Profit Point, you realize that even the comedic genius Jeff Ross would be nervous when Deanna’s in the room.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Reorganizing closets because my daughter just moved all of her stuff back home from her dorm room, and I had recently usurped her room in order to convert it into my new home office. When that is done, you would find me spending time with friends and family, in my workshop building my next creation or wandering around a hardware store like Tom Hanks at FAO Schwarz New York.
What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
I would say soccer, not because the volume of scoring opportunities, but because of the premium put on game play and the build-up to a goal. In my opinion this can be likened to a crescendo. I support 4 teams: Arsenal of the English Premier League, Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga, and Team USA – both Men’s and Women’s teams. A close second is watching Tom Brady win another Super Bowl. Huge fan of TB12… “Go Bucs” (sorry Pats), says the sad Lions fan.
Before working at Profit Point, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
During my teenage years, I grew up working in family restaurants. Before that I would wake up at 5:00 am during summer break from school to help my mom clean rooms at a local motor inn, adjacent to the steak and seafood restaurant that my family eventually purchased. I did not get paid for the effort, but Mom was generous.
What is the best view inside or outside your home?
The bathroom mirror, of course!