Vice President
As a child growing up in St. Louis, Mark loved drawing sketches of skyscrapers and turning his
designs into towering structures made of building blocks, books, and old newspapers. He has
a similar zeal for business-building. Throughout his career, Mark has worked with dozens of
companies on a variety of strategic, operational, and organizational issues as both a private
equity investor and management consultant. He has extensive private equity experience in such
industries as medical transportation, (EMT) building products distribution (Dealers Wholesale),
consumer and retail (Batteries Plus) and business services (EOS Worldwide). Prior to Burke,
Mark was with Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based middle market private equity firm with
$11 billion in capital raised since inception. At Roark, Mark focused on acquisitions and portfolio
company support in the consumer and business services sectors. Prior to Roark, Mark was a vice
president in the consumer and retail group at Oak Investment Partners,one of the country’s oldest
venture capital firms. Bringing more than just a financial perspective to investing, he enjoys
helping companies improve performance using the skills he developed while managing consulting
engagements in the retail practice at McKinsey & Company in Chicago and as an investment banker
at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mark is a graduate of Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, and an
honors graduate of Harvard Business School. Although he no longer plays with blocks, Mark indulged
another childhood dream by learning to fly airplanes, a passion he tries to indulge when traveling
throughout the Midwest.