Mark started his career as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. Over his nearly 12 years in the RAAF he flew several aircraft types and was involved in many operations supporting Australian defence interests, including humanitarian relief, search and rescue operations and domestic and overseas military operations, including areas of military and civil conflict.
In 1998, he joined the family business, Bernie Lewis Home Loans, started by his father Bernie in 1987, one of the first mortgage brokers in Australia and the first to pioneer mortgage broking in South Australia.
In 2003, Mark was appointed Managing Director of Bernie Lewis Home Loans.
From 2003 to 2005 he was the South Australian State President of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia and subsequently National President and Chairman of the Association from 2005 to 2007.
Over the years Bernie Lewis Home Loans has won many industry awards including best mortgage broking business in Australia for three consecutive years.
In 2009 Mark was part of a consortium of investors who rescued the Adelaide 36’ers NBL Basketball team from bankruptcy and ensured the viability of professional basketball in Australia. He was the club’s Chairman for nearly three years whilst the club’s foundation was rebuilt to ensure a strong future.
In 2005, Bernie and his wife Christine were tragically killed in an aircraft accident whilst on holiday in New Zealand. As Executor of their estate, Mark’s job of dealing with their estate was made easier by the existence of the Green Box that Bernie had created, which contained all the documentation and information needed to make finalising their estate as easy as possible.
After nearly 24 years, Mark sold Bernie Lewis Home Loans and now spends his time consulting to small business, various board positions and presenting about the importance of the Green Box and the peace of mind it can provide to families after personal tragedy.
His personal passion project is to spread the word about the Green Box, what was in the Green Box, the importance of the Green Box and encourage every Australian family to have their own Green Box to provide security and peace of mind for families when the worst happens.