Even as a kid, Mark knew he wanted to help make urban air transportation a reality. As he got older, radio-controlled airplanes kept the spark alive—and working on projects with the Air Force and Navy solidified his career path. After completing his PhD, Mark’s subsequent research and lab experience paved the way to achieving his childhood dream through SkyRyse.
Mark’s days start around 7 AM with calls around his breakfast table. By 9, he’s in the office, ready to start collaborating—which often means moving from project to project to assess employee needs or collect feedback that could improve future undertakings. Though Mark has technical chops too, his main focus is hiring humble, talented employees to bring along for the ride.
“We’re doing something that seems like a moonshot, so arrogance has no room to embed itself in what we’re doing. I try to instill and model that for the team.”
“There comes a time when it's important to accept a level of risk and move forward. However, when one person raises their hand and says they feel uncomfortable, we always pause everything to make sure we've fully evaluated the concern.”