Director of Business Development, Opportunity Ventures
Mark was adopted from the Philippines (where he is hoping to return someday) and is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. He played soccer growing up and was lucky enough to become an assistant freshman coach while attending UW-Whitewater, where he graduated with a finance degree. Mark worked as a teller and then commercial loan officer at a local community bank but really found his place when he took his first position at a credit union as a business lending manager. His time at Corporate Central Credit Union marked the beginning of his full immersion in the credit union movement, becoming a Credit Union Development Educator in 2018, a CUDE mentor in 2019 and now serving on the CUDE Scholarship Committee. Mark has also participated in the WI CU League's WILD (Wisconsin Ideation Local Development), CUES Emerge, and Filene's i3 Program. He’s the president of the Cream City Chapter of Credit Unions and sits on the WI CU League's GAC Committee.
Mark truly lives the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People," spending his spare time helping his community. He’s a regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and was nominated as one of Milwaukee's Finest YPs by the Wisconsin Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and became their 2019 Advocate of the Year. He loves spending his holidays with the Salvation Army, packing presents, and making and serving dinners.
A Green Bay Packers season ticket holder thanks to the foresight of his parents putting him on the waiting list at age two, Mark is also owner of a (very) small portion of the team—sadly, one with zero influence on team decisions. When he’s not working, volunteering or being disappointed by his Packers, you can find him on a golf course, getting lost on a hike or reading with a cup of coffee.