Mark was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up, he visited Austin many times and knew that was where he wanted to be. In July of 2000, he made the move with a friend and got an apartment in South Austin. Over the next decade Mark traveled all over the world, but always came back.
Mark met his future wife, got married in 2008, and started a family.
After working in the corporate world for 13 years, Mark started home brewing. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with craft beer and the brewing process. He met Brian Smittle and started volunteering at the brewery. In February of 2013 Mark was able to leave his corporate job and turn his passion into a career with Thirsty Planet.
Best. Decision. Ever.