Mark was born and raised in Bellaire and grew up in a house located on the Intermediate River.  The Chain of Lakes hold a special place in his heart as he has spent a consider part of his life swimming, paddling, boating, and fishing the entire chain.  Creating a sustainable event that not only promotes Antrim County’s waterways and unique villages, but provides resources and education for the protection and preservation of this amazing waterway is the reason Mark is so committed to Paddle Antrim.  He believes this will become a case study in how improving access to and information about our natural resources can be an economic driver for Northern Michigan.  Mark has been with Fischer Insurance for 12 years with community service being integral; he served on the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and currently serves on the Bellaire DDA.  Mark is married to Cecilia, they have 4 children and live in Yuba.