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) with sales exceeding $5 billion and is the largest Hispanic supermarket chain in the United States. In 2010, he engineered a successful exit for his investors.
After serving several years as Bodega Latina’s CFO, he became 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.
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 sold to Archer Daniel Midlands. He has served as a board member of HDI, Plastics, Inc., a publicly traded, plastics recycling company, HitFix, Inc., an online news site focused on entertainment, and Bartell Drugs, the largest family owned pharmacy retailer in the U.S., which he helped sell to Rite Aid Drugs.
Previously he served as the chair of Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Angels of Southern California, an angel investment group.
Mark is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Claremont McKenna College, where he currently chairs the advisory board of the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has completed the UCLA Anderson School Board Certification program.