About Mark

I'm a Maryland, USA-based writer, communication strategist, and former association exec. For the last few years, I’ve focused on being:
  • A strategist and writer/editor for Rockville, Maryland-based public relations and marketing firm On The Marc Media
  • A contributing writer, copy editor and proofreader for the Self Storage Association's SSA Globe magazine
  • A resource for additional clients, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, North Bethesda Transportation Center, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, and others.

Earlier Background
Originally from California, where I worked in the transportation demand management (TDM) field, I moved to Washington, D.C., in 1985 and lucked into an internship with then-Senator Al Gore.

After returning to the private sector for a few years, again in TDM, I joined the nascent staff of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) — which led to about a dozen years of working for a variety of professional societies and industry groups under the roof of an association management firm. (For a couple of interesting years, I also held a minor volunteer role in the early Clinton White House.)

Having moonlighted as a freelance writer throughout that period, I finally formed my own communication services firm in 2000. Over the next 15 years, I worked with a diverse array of clients — as well as twice coming back into association management as executive director of ACT. (There’s a line in there somewhere from The Godfather, but we’ll let that go.)

Looking for a Different Mark Wright?
Having a name like mine online is a humbling experience. No one really knows how many Mark Wrights and Marc Wrights and Marcus Wrights roam the planet.

How did so many guys end up with this name? The whole thing seems to have started in ancient Rome and spread to England, according to Wikipedia. The Romans came up with “Marcus,” which became one of the most common given names, eventually leading to Marc and Mark. Wright originated in England, where the surname ranks as the 16th most common.

Our parents probably had no idea they were bestowing a name shared by zillions, or that something called the internet would come along and confuse the heck out of anybody looking for one of us.

Except, that is, for people searching online for this particularly well-known Mark Wright over in the UK. In addition to having great genes, he apparently earned his fame fair and square as an athlete and entertainer, so, hey, I should quit whining about his killer impact on my SEO and just be honored we share the same name.

Of course, there are more: this company-CEO Mark Wright in Ukraine; an AT&T vice-president Mark Wright in Texas; this attorney Mark Wright in New Hampshire; and a TV-news Mark Wright in Seattle, Washington, to whom I naively gave (yes, gave — doh!) the MarkWright.com URL I owned years ago (c’mon, Mark, put up a doggone website already).

The list of MWs goes on and on. Being one dot in a vast but increasingly crowded dot-com universe of Mark Wrights might be a fun opportunity if we could all do something beneficial for the world collectively. Maybe someday....

— One More Mark Wright