Mark has been involved in the Jewish community for nearly his entire life. He went to the Jewish Educational Alliance on Capitol Avenue, followed by the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, before it became the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, where he remains active today. For the past 13 years, Mark has served on the MJCCA Harry Maziar Classic committee, including one term as the event chair. Mark believes it is important to support the MJCCA because the agency opens its doors to the entire community including people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds.
An Atlanta native, Mark attended Grady High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He returned to Atlanta to earn his MBA from Georgia State University.
In addition to his service to the MJCCA, Mark’s philanthropic work has led to him serve on the boards of many organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Israel Bonds, AA Synagogue, Greenfield Hebrew Academy, The Standard Club, National Paper Trade Association, and Packaging Distribution of America. He has been involved with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for almost 60 years, serving as campaign chair, vice president, lifetime board member, and on numerous committees.
Mark is the recipient of the Selig Distinguished Service Award from the American Jewish Committee, The Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award, the UJA National Cabinet, and the Lewis H. Beck Scout Award for saving a life.
Through his volunteer work, Mark has traveled on 18 missions to Israel, throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America to learn about their Jewish communities, both past and present.
Mark attributes his success to the support of his wife of 56 years, Brenda, who has always helped him find balance between business, homelife, and community service. Mark’s philanthropy is shared by Brenda, a pilot, who has given back to the community by flying for Angel Flight, Veteran Airlift Command, and on two missions to take much-needed medical supplies to Haiti.
Mark and Brenda have two grown sons, Brad and Paul, three grandchildren, and one puppy.
About the MJCCA Harry Maziar Classic
The MJCCA Harry Maziar Classic is the agency’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year, the tournament honors an outstanding MJCCA member whose leadership and dedication has helped shape Atlanta’s vibrant Jewish community. Proceeds from the tournament provide scholarships for individuals and families in need, ensuring our innovative programs and vital services are accessible to everyone in our community.
Tournament Co-Chairs: David Kusiel and Adam Freeman
Golf Committee: Billy Bauman, Mike Birnbrey, Ron Brill, David Dermer, Seth Einstein, Viki Freeman, Steve Ginsburg, Benjamin Halpern, Michael Hertz, Charlie Kauss, Doug Kuniansky, Michael Kuniansky, Steve Kuranoff, David Levin, Harry Maziar, Neal Maziar, Todd Maziar, Brian Seitz, Stuart Shapiro
Host Committee: Goldie and Lou Bertone, Karen and David Birnbrey, Ron Eichel, Viki Freeman, Jody and Cary Goldstein, Lisa and Seth Greenberg, Barbara and Jay Halpern, Lynne M. and Howard Halpern, Lynne P. and Jack Halpern, Jim Howard, Phyllis Kozarsky and Eliot Arnovitz, Andrea and Mike Leven, Linda and Steve Selig, Betty and Alan Sunshine Jeff Taylor, Marcia and Stewart Weinhoff, Chuck Wolf