Mark Szollar

Mark worked as an Advertising Executive in the media world for over 30 years. The first 28 years of his career he worked at The New Times and for the last two years he was Director of Advertising for the North Jersey Media Group. In his 28 years at The New York Times, Mark worked in a variety of departments and positions, with his last assignment being the Advertising Director of Diversity and Recruitment Advertising for the company. In his career, Mark alsoworked for two years as Executive Director of the National Association of Asian MBA’s (NAAMBA). Mark is still a very active member of Ascend, the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America with over 60,000 members.

Throughout his professional career Mark has been an active member in such great diverse organizations such as Prospanica, the National Association of Black Sports Professionals, as well as Veterans Across America.  Mark was also a judge of the 2006 Out and Equal, “OUTIE” awards.  In addition, in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Mark was invited to the World Diversity Conference held in Prague, the United Nations, Washington, DC and Harvard University, to moderate panels on how Sports brings people from Diverse Cultures together. Most recently in 2011, Mark received the “Advocate of the Year” award from SCIP the (Selective Corporate Internship Program), which identifies the most promising minority high school students in the tri-state area.

In addition to his professional career, in 2003, Mark was inducted into the Youth Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, (not as a player but as an umpire).  He loves youth baseball and volunteers his time umpiring Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. Mark graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Oregon State University and he received his MBA in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1989.