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Meet Your 2019 Rising Star Award Nominees

As a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio, Mark has a strong connection and desire to continue supporting the communities that have blessed him with many opportunities. His passion for marketing/advertising and helping businesses prosper began in high school when he was the Business Manager for the Lakota East Spark newsmagazine. That experience led him to Miami University where he graduated with a B.S. in Business with a focus in Marketing while serving as the Business Manager of The Miami Student newspaper. After 6.5 years as a Marketing Manager for Miami University’s auxiliary services, Mark founded Mason & Deerfield Lifestyle in October 2017, publishing its first issue in May 2018.

 

Outside of work, he enjoys visiting breweries with friends and singing whether it be in a choir or karaoke. Mark would like to thank his family, especially his parents, for always being there with love and support, urging him to continue taking chances to reach his goals in life.

 

Like the ruby, businesses and organizations have many facets that must be polished to maintain brilliance. Which facet is your strength and why?

The consistent quality of our magazine and the broad reach within the community. Each month we share the good news of the community and shine a light on our amazing partners.

 

If your personal persona, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Shining a Light on Community.

While this is Julie's first official role in higher education, her roots are in education.  After studying education at Miami, Julie moved to England to work with, Young Life, a non-profit youth ministry. After returning home to the US, she put her teaching degree to use as a middle school math teacher.  Julie, then, spent 13 years on Young Life staff in Columbus, OH and Harrisonburg, VA, teaching and training college students to be Young Life leaders.  Julie is enjoying being back in Southwest Ohio near family.  She considers it a privilege to help students discover potential careers and walk alongside them in the higher education process.

 

Like the ruby, businesses and organizations have many facets that must be polished to maintain brilliance. Which facet is your strength and why?

I am passionate about leadership development, team-building and communication, particularly with high school and college students.  This passion began in college when I was entrusted with a leadership role which I did not feel qualified to be in.  My leaders trusted me, but also took time to train and develop me as a leader.

 

If your personal persona, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Everyone has potential.

At Edward Jones, we value personal relationships based on a deep understanding of your unique financial needs. We can develop a solutions-based approach tailored to your individual goals and provide exceptional service.

I joined Edward Jones in 2015 and recently opened the third branch office in the Mason-Deerfield area. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, my wife, Erin, daughter, Josephine, and son, Jack, have lived in Mason for 2 years.

I am an active member of the community, serving as an Ambassador for the Mason-Deerfield Chamber since July 2016. I have served the firm as the community service leader focusing on coordinating our branch office's involvement with the Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer's Association. In addition, I am an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Down Syndrome Association, participating in family events and leading a team for my son Jack in the annual Buddy Walk.

 

Like the ruby, businesses and organizations have many facets that must be polished to maintain brilliance. Which facet is your strength and why?

An important facet that is a strength is my ability to connect and stay connected on both a personal and business level.  As a financial advisor, it's important to understand my client's needs and connect with them on a personal level to ensure that the financial strategies we're creating make sense for them and will help them reach their goals.  I also need to stay connected with the community and the ongoing changes in the financial industry and adjust accordingly.

 

If your personal persona, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Stay gold, Ponyboy...stay gold.