By late 2011, OPENup Marketing had evolved into a site building and development shop. In 2012, Mark renamed the company p51interactive. The name was born from an appreciation of the machine that just might have won World War II for the allies. Mark also felt it would also provide for a great logo.
Today, p51interactive is a full-service interactive design and development shop. We are rooted in great design and execute smart solutions on a daily basis.
After graduating from St. Paul’s School in 1992, Mark attended James Madison University, where he first fell in love with Blue Ridge Mountains that surrounded the Harrisonburg, Va., campus. While there, Mark joined the school newspaper, The Breeze, and served as its Opinion Editor. Always a voracious reader, Mark became absorbed in the historical study of William Shakespeare. This newfound “hobby” took Mark to London, where he studied under world renowned Shakespeare scholars onsite at the (then under construction) Globe Theatre.
In 1996, Mark graduated Cum Laude with a BA in mass communications from JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design, and a secondary BA in English. While toiling away in entry level marketing communication jobs, Mark (always the tinkerer) quickly became immersed in the emerging Internet. In 1999, Mark joined a small (18 employees) print design firm in Rockville, Md., with an eye toward bringing them into the digital age. By 2008, Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group (HZDG) had grown to more than 100 employees and become entrenched as one of the Washington, DC, area’s top grossing digital agencies, where it remains today.
After 10+ years in the agency game, Mark started his own. OPENup Marketing opened in May 2008. Hoping to regain the excitement of “constant learning” that permeated his early days at HZDG, Mark retrained himself in the technologies of Web 2.0.
In 2011, Mark reorganized the company as p51interactive, where his focus remains on designing, building, and maintaining Web properties for a variety of clients nationwide.
Mark and wife Melissa moved to Waterford, VA in late 2012. In addition to reconnecting with those Virginia Mountains he missed so much, Mark’s passion for history and blending the old with the new drew him to the village. Mark was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Waterford Foundation
When not working or doting over the family dog, Millie, Mark enjoys playing tennis, reading, blogging, gardening(this is new) and spending time with his wife and friends.