Mark joined our ranks in October of 2015 as a Lead Carpenter, continuing a history through which carpentry and building have played major roles. In short order… by April 2016… he became one of our Project Managers.
That history began at age 17 when he took his first construction job. He did so in the midst of working as a live music engineer, from age 15 through 21, traveling around the northwest with a rock-n-roll band named Airborne.
“…many wild adventures ensued.”
Mark left the band when he was 21, hopped on his beloved Kawasaki 650, and ended up in Hollywood, CA. 20 months later he found himself in Vermont, where he learned framing and finish carpentry.
Then back to school… at 24 he entered WWU’s Fairhaven College, graduating in 1989 with a degree in writing and American literature. Construction paid off yet again as he worked his way through school, including drywall work at Bellingham’s new Bellis Fair Mall.
Family happened… marrying Denise during his sophomore year. Daughter Amanda came along in 1987. Son Zachary arrived in 1992.
After graduation he moved to Issaquah… “found a corporate job and hated it.” So he apprenticed in a high-end custom-cabinet shop for four years. Then on to Colville, WA in 1993, working as a construction foreman/lead carpenter building dozens of homes and pole buildings.
Mark decided to start his own company… Albert Construction… in 1998, building many custom homes, cabinets and furniture. Then back to school, entering Gonzaga University in 2003 while still running his own company full time! He graduated with a Masters degree in 2005 in teaching and began teaching English at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, WA.
In 2015 he left Federal Way to move to Bellingham to be closer to his daughter and her family, landing at our doorstep in October to become a lead carpenter in our design/build company.
What does Mark like to do with free time?
“My interests include coaching and playing baseball and softball, riding motorcycles, and spending time with family.”
We’re so glad Mark’s path led to our door.