Mark started his career in the Army in 1975 and retired in 2001, at the pinnacle of Colonel Gelhardt’s military career he was nominated and selection to work at the White House as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), supporting President Clinton, the VP, the White House Staff, and the U.S. Secret Service managing all the classified automation and telecommunications. Mark is a combat veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Since retiring from the service Mark has held multiple executive leadership positions in Information Technology and Cyber Security. CIO/CSO for World Airways – the largest US wide body long-hall charter airline. CTO and CISO for InterCall - the world’s largest conferencing company. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for TravelClick - a Software as a Service (SaaS) company in the hospitality/hotel space. Consulted as the Acting/Interim CISO for the Georgia Lottery and NCR. Currently Mark is the SVP, Technology Governance for US Bank/Elavon.
Mark is the author of "My Time at The Clinton White House” and a well-known keynote speaker. Mark’s Honors include awarded CISO of the year finalist 2013, Global CISO of the year finalist 2014, and a National InfoSec Project award winner in 2013 and a finalist InfoSec Project award winner in 2015. His military honors include the Presidential Service Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal (highest peace time valor award in the army), the airborne & air assault badges and is a combat veteran.
Mark is a life member of the VFW and has been a member of Post 9949 since his retirement from the Army over 19 years ago. Mark is also an active life member of the American Legion and is the Senior Vice Commander for the local Peachtree City American Legion Post 50.