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Childhood

Childhood

Mark de Grasse started his first “business” in the second grade when he designed and passed out flyers for a car washing service around his neighborhood. Unfortunteatly, when the first customer called, his mom picked up and informed the customer that he was at a soccer game, then promptly told him to shut down the business.

Mark later worked for local real estate agents passing out swag and as a soccer lineman throughout middle school. He also attempted to develop a new type of bodysurfing device that was a cross between a skimboard and bodyboard.

Teens

Teens

Mark got his first real job at the age of 15 working as a lifeguard for the City of Anaheim. He also worked as an outdoor vendor for Disneyland in high school and a bag boy for a local Stater Brothers.

College

College

Mark became a real estate agent at the age of 18 and later became a broker at 20. During his time as an agent he sold over $10 million in real estate and co-founded a real estate investment company called Pacific Archway which purchased rental property in Surprise Arizona. He also purchased and managed a scooter store in Fullerton, California.

First Job

First Job

After college Mark began working for a tech start-up called TeleParent. Mark eventually became the CFO and raised over $2 million in debt and equity capital for the business. Prior to leaving, Mark was involved in an attempt to sell the business to Blackboard Education & Technology Services. At that time the attempt was unsuccessful, but the company was later sold to Blackboard after he left the business.

Business Owner

Business Owner

After leaving TeleParent, Mark co-founded a gym and ecommerce business called MBody Strength. One of the first dedicated “unconventional training” (a term Mark coined to describe a growing segment of the fitness industry) gyms and estores, the company quickly grew using organic content marketing.

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