October 11, 2011: Mr. Mark Adams
President/CEO, Advocate, MD Financial Group Inc.
Chairman/CEO, Employees Trust Management Group, LLC
President/CEO, SoZo Global. LLC
Mark Adams is a Texas State University Business School Graduate. He is a visionary business strategist and serial entrepreneur who has spent half his career with Fortune 100 Companies and the other half creating and running several successful companies in a variety of different industries. These include two insurance companies, several restaurant companies, a national restaurant franchise, a global nutritional products company, a cutting edge electric propultion company, a national training company, and two new companies preparing to launch in 2012.
In 2008, Mr. Adams was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In 1985, Mr. Adams graduated from Texas State University and spent the next 18 years of his career with three global publically owned companies including Xerox, Johnson and Johnson and Bostik Adhesives. He spent 12 of those years at Bostik where he served in a variety of senior sales management and strategic business management rolls for North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
In 1997, Mr. Adams assumed the role of Global Sales Director for one of Bostik’s three global strategic business units with $200 million in annual sales. At the same time he became the General Manager and member of the board of directors for Nitta-Friendly Company, a large Bostik joint venture company based in Osaka, Japan.
In 2000, Mr. Adams left Bostik and purchased a minority ownership interest in Ward Adhesives, Inc. Over the next three years he led the organization to become on of the largest and most profitable distributors of industrial adhesives in the Unites States.
In 2004, Mr. Adams founded Advocate, MD Insurance Group, Inc headquarted in Austin, TX. Advocate, MD is on of the largest and fastest growing medical liability insurance carriers in Texas with thousands of physician policyholders. In November 2009 Mr. Adams sold the company for an industry record setting valuation multiple and remains the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
In 2007, Mr. Adams co-founded Murphy Adams Restaurant Group, LLC based in Austin, TX which owns anad is actively franchising Mama Fu's Asian House restaurants throughout the United States. Mama Fu's is currently one of the top fastest growing Pan Asian restaurant brands in the US.
In 2008, Mr. Adams co-founded Employers Trust Management Group, LLC (ETMG), and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. ETMG is a unique, fast growing national health insurance and employee benefits provider based in Austin, TX which was recently voted as one of the top five brokers in The United States out of a group of 38,000 candidates by Benefits Selling Magazine.
Also in 2008, Mr. Adams and his partner launched KLD Energy Technologies, Inc, KLD is a revolutionary electric propultion engine company based in Austin, TX that employees 57 engineers and 7 PhD’s and is currently in production in Asia,
In 2009, Mr. Adams co-founded SoZo Global, LLC, a rapidly growing Austin, Texas based global network marketing company which sells an exclusive line of all natural nutritional products. Mr. Adams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
In 2011, Mr. Adams co-founded SchoolU, LLC, an Atlanta, Georgia based national training company focused on motivational, entreprenual business training and professional development for independent business owners.
Mr. Adams currently serves on the board of directors for several public (NASDAQ), private and non-profit organizations including the advisory board of the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University. Mr. Adams lives in Austin, Texas with his wife of 23 years, Melissa, and their three sons.