Mark began his career in 1991 joining Airtours Holidays where his tenure coincided with the phenomenal growth and success of Airtours in the early 1990's. As a result of such rapid development the Company provided him with a range of career opportunities, most notably as Hotel Contracts Manager and Head of Late Sales where at the age of only 25 he was responsible for the yield of over £200m of committed stock.
Having been approached by a group of high net worth individuals he left Airtours in 1997 to set up a privately funded acquisition and investment vehicle, with specific focus in the travel and leisure sector. This would be his first (but not last) foray into private entrepreneurial ventures where he gained valuable insight from several of the investors all of whom had built and sold companies. Over a two year period he completed deals in excess of £20m, some of which were subsequently sold for several times their original purchase price.