White Sands Missile Range Family Morale Welfare and Recreation welcomes new marketing manager.
Name and Job Title
Mark Vest, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing manager.
Where are you coming from?
We’ve lived in the Illinois and Ohio area for a while. My wife complained about the cold and the snow so we decided to move. Life is short and if mom isn’t happy then nobody’s happy. We moved over here in June 2014 when my wife accepted the position of Chief of Internal Review for the installation.
Where did you graduate from?
I have three years of college. I received my Associates degree in Math, with honors, from Sauk Valley College in Dixon, Illinois. I went to school part-time and continued on to complete an additional year of college at Indiana University. Most people obtain their Bachelor’s degree then look for a job but I was offered a good job after I received my Associate’s degree.
What is your professional background?
I joined the military when I was 18 and completed four years with the 1st Calvary in Fort Hood, Texas. I’ve been in the steel business ever since. I’ve been through the bad times and the good times. I worked in sales for NUCOR, a $20 billion corporation, for 11 years.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’d rather talk about my family than myself. My wife Susan is the chief of Internal Review, she’s the smart one. We have two daughters, Stephanie and Samantha. They both graduated from Ohio State University. Stephanie has three Bachelor’s degrees, one in English, a second in nursing, and a third in Criminal Justice. Samantha graduated with a degree in Human Resources.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time here?
I’ve been inside sales, I’ve been outside sales, and I’ve been a sales manager over multiple steel plants. I came here because I wanted to make a difference. I came here to help, it’s not for the money. What I hope to design is, at a minimum, double the current sponsorship. If we can bring in some more sponsors we wouldn’t be hearing the rumors we’re hearing now. If you tell people about the story and they believe the story, they’ll support the story. If we can get them to support it would help a lot.