Mark was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. After finishing the 1st grade in Greensboro, his family moved to Asheboro, North Carolina. Mark’s most treasured early memories were tap, jazz and ballet classes in a little one room clapboard house with hardwood floors and a wall of mirrors. Early on, Mark remembers using his dad’s 8MM movie camera and shooting a couple of short movies with his brother, Craig. One they called “Snoopy Goes to the Moon;” others were untitled war movies using ketchup for blood. As a teen, he got involved in boy scouting where he ultimately received the highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award. During his junior year, Mark & his family moved to Burlington, NC, where he attended Walter Williams High School and graduated the bi-centennial year of 1976. That year he became deeply involved with their musical program: participating in the choir as well as singing and dancing in several musicals.
Mark then went to Catawba College in Salsibury, NC, for their nationally recognized theatre program. Catawba was included in the Princeton Review's Top 5 Programs for Theatre. Mark’s college theater experiences involved starring in and rehearsing plays at night while directing one act plays on the weekends. During his summers, he worked in live shows at Carowinds Theme Park in Charlotte, NC.
After graduating from Catawba in 1980 Mark joined his brother Craig in the early formation of Fincannon and Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina. He ultimately moved to Wilmington, NC, to establish their casting company at Screen Gems Studios in 1983.
Mark and his wife, Sharon live in Leland, North Carolina (a suburb of Wilmington, NC). When not in the office, they spend their time working together for outreaches in Juvenile Detention Centers as much as possible. It's their hope to inspire troubled youth to move towards a more healed, restored and productive life. Mark has been serving on the board of New Life Ministries for 15 years, which continues on-going work in Latvia, Czechoslovakia, and the Ukraine to improve the conditions of orphans in the that part of the world. He and Sharon enjoy playing golf, watching movies, and traveling. Mark has 2 daughters, Christian and Mary and Sharon has 2 daughters, Naomi and Heather.