We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Herron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
May I be filled with loving kindness, May I be well, May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy. from Jack Kornfield “A path with heart”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career path for over 20 years was as owner and designer of a real estate investment and construction development company. Majority of all projects were speculative ventures in gentrifying neighborhoods. Focusing on contemporary and modern re-design and new construction with a tendency to bring creative environments to both residential and commercial space. Out of the box architecture and art have always been important in both personal and business inspirations and an expressive creative and therapeutic outlet that led to my desire to pursue art as a career path.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a bit of a low key social and outdoor enthusiast. The Architecture and Museums in DFW are my go to when I seek inspiration in the city. There are so many opportunities to observe or participate in sports and culture and entertainment venues all over the Metroplex. I am oddly drawn to old industrial and often abandoned buildings and facilities. The Tadao Ando designed Modern Museum in Fort Worth is my favorite place in all DFW.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Family values and the encouragement to explore self discovery are something I am proud of. Throughout my life and career I have been blessed with exposure to multiple and varying, diverse socioeconomic opportunities. My parents were small town “farm” people and thankfully they instilled in me a desire to explore my thoughts and environments and to have an open mind and yet to be appreciative of where we came from. My career path started in large industrial and commercial construction and yet through the years has also been varying and diverse. I have worked intermittently as a fashion and print model for 40 years and have met so many interesting and inspiring people in the advertising and fashion industries and am thankful for the exposure to the many creative individuals in many aspects of my life. Life is ours to make of it what we will!