Mark comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. His great-grandfather started the Forslund Furniture Company in 1935, then grew it to international renown by telling stories about his love for his family and his excellence in craftsmanship. Mark’s goal at MichiganLabs is to continue his grandfather’s legacy of building relationships and providing excellence in craftsmanship.
From an early age, Mark has enjoyed tinkering with technology. He taught himself how to write code at age 11, then developed an HTML website offering snowboarding and wakeboarding advice. The website sold and has since become About.com.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Hope College, Mark received an MBA from Cornerstone University. His lifelong love of learning prompted him to earn a leadership certificate from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mark is married and has four young girls. Most evenings are spent playing dress up or princess, even if he’s not quite sure which is which. He enjoys tennis, golf, ping-pong, and most other sports and is actively involved in his church and the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids.
- Building relationships
- Life-long learning
- Playing princess