Mark Schwartz

California, USA

Agriculture Tech, Consumer, FoodTech, Medical Devices, All

Former Board Member: Starbucks Coffee, Specialty Commodities, Bartell Drugs; Founder of Bodega Latina Corporation

Mark Schwartz - Mark Schwartz has spent 28 years as a CEO, CFO, and board member plus 12 years as an investment banker. He co-founded the U.S.’s largest Hispanic grocer. Mark has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, initial public offerings, financial reporting systems, and financial and corporate strategy. Mark helps growing companies accelerate their revenues and profitability for a successful exit. He has expertise in SEC GAAP audit matters, financial disclosure rules and Sarbanes-Oxley risk analysis.

His board experience is across a variety of industries (retailing, food & beverage, technology, health care) and diverse ownership (public, private equity, venture, family owned and non-profit). Mark is a proven CEO and CFO responsible for driving transformation of financial operations. He is focused on improving control environment, and delivering significant efficiencies to the business.

Most Recognizable Accomplishments:
Mark assisted Starbucks Coffee in raising their first round of institutional financing and was a board member.
He co-founded what is now the nation’s largest Hispanic grocery retailer, Bodega Latina Corporation.

Board Experience:
Mark has extensive experience with advisory and governing board service for public and private companies. He serves or has served on 10 public and/or private company boards. Mark serves on the board of Bartell Drug Stores, a 129-year old family owned pharmacy retailer in Seattle, Glass Media, a digital display hardware and AdTech software company in Dallas, and on the Investment Committee for Yard Venture Funds. He served on the board of Specialty Commodities, a private equity owned nut, pet and ancient grain food company sold to Archer Daniels Midland. He consulted to their largest division, improving its profitability and creating an opportunity for a successful exit. He served as Chairman of the Board of HDI, Plastics, Inc., a publicly traded, plastic recycling company; and on the board of HitFix, Inc., an entertainment content provider, which was acquired. He also served on Compensation and Audit committees as a member and chair and served on a London Stock Exchange company Board of Directors. Mark served on the Starbucks Coffee Company Board of Directors.