Mark was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas, and is the proprietor of Arista winery, a family-run winery located in the Russian River area just outside of Healdsburg. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications, Mark took his first job out of college working for Kendall Jackson. During his time with Kendall Jackson, Mark held various positions encompassing vineyard operations, harvest logistics, and cellar work. Following his time at Kendall Jackson, Mark continued his passion for wine and pursuit of industry knowledge by working as a wine consultant for a wine and spirits distributor based in Dallas, Texas, before returning to Healdsburg in 2005, where he and his wife Jennifer are raising their four children. In 2002, Arista winery was established and today Mark and his brother Ben run the day to day operations.