Mark Schwartz is an experienced public and private company, CEO, CFO, and board member. He is an active angel investor and mentors growing companies.
Mark assisted Starbucks Coffee in raising their first round of institutional financing and was a member of their board of directors for two years.
He co-founded a Hispanic grocery retailer, Bodega Latina Corporation (El Super), which operates over 49 stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona with sales exceeding $1.2 billion and is the largest Hispanic supermarket chain in the Western United States. In 2010, he engineered a successful exit for his investors.
After serving several years as Bodega Latina’s CFO, he left to become CFO of a 3D software company, DDD Group, which he took public on the London Stock Exchange.
Mark was Chairman, CEO and CFO of Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company focused on detection and management of cardiovascular disease. He sold the company in 2011 and acquired a plastics recycling business in Austin, Texas.
Mark was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette (DLJ) in Los Angeles and Credit Suisse First Boston in New York.
Mark served as a board member of Specialty Commodities, Inc., a private equity owned natural and organic food products company that sells and processes nuts, seeds, ancient grains, and pet foods that was recently sold to Archer Daniel Midlands. He is a board member of HDI, Plastics, Inc., a publicly traded, plastics recycling company and HitFix, Inc., an online news site focused on entertainment for the 18-34 demographic.
Previously he served as the chair of Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Angels of Southern California, an angel investment group.