Hi. I’m Mark.
I’ve got more than 25 years of journalism, communications, PR and marketing experience. I haven’t done everything you can do in the writing and editing business, but I’ve done a lot, and even won a few awards along the way.
During my freelance career — which started in college — I’ve written for several newspapers and magazines, was a stringer for the New York Times and had bylines at Wired.com in the early days of the dot-com era. I once launched a magazine (though, unfortunately, it only lasted two issues — I was better at writing and editing content than I was at selling advertising).
Since 2013, I’ve operated Flying Car Communications,* a (mostly) one-person consultancy. I’ve provided editorial services, plus marketing, creative and strategic advice, to more than 50 clients — from small community nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies to media outlets.
Before Flying Car I was vice president for strategic services for a Greensboro-based PR and marketing firm. In that role, and previous positions at the company, I was responsible for directing client service teams, helping manage agency operations and playing a role in new business, hiring and other activities.
I was also a senior reporter for the Triad Business Journal, covering health care, media and marketing, and the tobacco and textile industries. I also filled in for the paper’s editors — editing, writing editorials and going on-air with our radio partner in the market. I’ve also worked at two daily newspapers as a copyeditor, reporter and business editor.
In addition to my editorial work, I was also communications director at an economic development policy organization and, in recent years, have taught writing, strategic communications and marketing at Elon University.
I have an undergraduate degree in English from N.C. State University, where I was editor of the student newspaper, and an MBA from Elon University, which I earned while working fulltime.
*What is Flying Car Communications?
Flying Car Communications is the name of my company. In case you’re wondering why I didn’t name the business after myself, well … have you seen my last name? It’s hard to spell, and people often have no idea how to pronounce it.
Many people have told me that Flying Car is creative and memorable. It embodies how I think of my business — as a fast, agile vehicle that helps you go places. Have a destination in mind? Drop me a note. Maybe I can help.