With an eye for numbers and people, Mark Riley expertly deals with our billing, finances, and human resource matters. As someone at the forefront of office operations, Mark loves the variety and diversity of work which passes through our office.
Mark, an easy going California-loving guy, graduated from The University of Dayton in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Passing the CPA exam in 1986, he then went on to receive his Masters in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 1991. After college, Mark progressed in accounting and sales positions at several different corporations offering him the chance to see both sides of the deals. Moving back to Pittsburgh to raise his family, he decided it was time to branch out and become a financial consultant where he served clients in an Interim role, eventually moving into a Chief Financial Officer position.
Today, Mark is our Vice President of Finance and Human Resources where he is responsible for the leadership and the coordination of ShowClix’s financial strategy, forecasting, budgeting, and implementation of all accounting procedures, policies, and internal controls.
You’ve been with the company for 4 years, what inspired you to work at an event technology company like ShowClix?
The people at ShowClix inspired me to take a position with the company. Prior to ShowClix, I operated my own consulting firm and had ShowClix as a client for 2 years. I was drawn by the passion and commitment that the founding team members had towards the product and the client experience.
What are some key characteristics you see across the board with our Finance whizzes?
Dedication to accurate reporting, placing the Team’s goals above their own, flexibility to what the company requires and most important the ability to keep things loose and fun during stressful times.
Many of your co-workers consider you a mentor, what’s your secret behind building these great relationships?
I listen to people and understand what is important to them. I show them respect and compassion. I invite them to approach me with issues and always give them honest feedback. I try to stay very positive and encourage them to give their best effort.
When you are not crunching numbers, what do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy hiking in the mountains. I also love spending quality time with my wife, two teenage children, and immediate family. On the weekends, you can find me outside landscaping my property or hanging out with quality people. Finally, I love running, biking, and all types of exercise.
We know that you love to travel, what are some of your favorite destination spots?
I have ties to Southern California so I spend several weeks per year there. The Sierra Nevada mountains are a peaceful place to be. I like history so Italy, Greece, and Egypt are interesting places. New Zealand for its outdoor life. China for its rapid change. I have been through most of the USA and have enjoyed the diversity of the different regions of the country.