Speaker Date Topic
Mark Jackson Feb 27, 2018
Story about greed, survival, and redemption
Story about greed, survival, and redemption

Mark was a highly successful stock market trader, making millions of dollars during his 30-year career. But it wasn't enough.  Unmitigated greed derailed his career and sent his life into a downward spiral.  In early 2010, he pled guilty to one count of racketeering under The Colorado Organized Crime Act, a Class Two Felony.  Second degree murder is also a Class Two Felony in Colorado, underscoring the severity of his crime.  On May 25, 2010 he was sentenced to a 15-year prison term in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

A mere six weeks into his prison sentence, Mark became afflicted with necrotizing fasciitis on his leg, a deadly flesh eating disease that kills or maims many of its victims.  During his lengthy recovery, Mark made the best and most important decision of his life.  Rather than wallow in anger and self-pity, he chose to embrace his sentence.  He vowed to use his prison time not only to rehabilitate himself, but to improve the lives of his fellow inmates.

Mark became a prison tutor, helping over 100 inmates obtain their GED.  He helped countless other inmates effectively deal with personal, legal, business and family issues.

While incarcerated, Mark memorialized his prison experiences by keeping and writing a journal.  His 650 page work documents prison life in raw, uncensored terms.  Interspersed throughout his journal are several chilling short stories that capture the tenuous relationships formed in prison.  Most importantly, Mark's work reveals how he rose above the turmoil of prison society to reform and rehabilitate himself and simultaneously improve the lives of his fellow inmates.  The edited version of his journal and short stories will be published in the near future.

Mark is now on parole after serving nearly five years in prison with some of Colorado's toughest and most notorious criminals.  He is dedicating the rest of his life to inspiring people to believe with hard work and determination, anyone can rise above seemingly insurmountable odds and not only survive, but thrive.

Mark is happily married and the proud father of two sons and an even prouder grandfather of two grandchildren.

On May 25, 2010, Mark Jackson was sentenced to 15-years in prison in the Colorado Department of Corrections.  He spent nearly five years sharing prison cells with murderers, kidnappers, violent gang members, and many other of Colorado's most notorious and violent criminals.  While incarcerated, Mark witnessed unspeakable acts of violence.  Several inmates were murdered at the same facility where Mark was being held.  Undeterred Mark rose above the death and destruction of prison society to change and improve the lives of countless inmates.

During his presentation, Mark shares with his audience relevant "no holds barred" prison stories as they pertain to his own personal growth, development and rehabilitation. Learn how he turned his life around to rise above insurmountable odds and make a difference. It's a true life story about greed, survival, and redemption.


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At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Tom played varsity basketball on a full athletic scholarship while earning dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Small Business Management as well as Commercial Recreation and attended University of Colorado-Denver for post graduate MBA studies.   He began his sports-focused career with the national distributor of “Proturf” synthetic athlete surfaces for field house and gymnasium floors and then moved on to the Denver Nuggets Basketball Club as Vice President of Corporate Sales in the late 90’s.

During the early 90’s he was Executive Vice President of the startup Denver-based Bonham Group, a sports & entertainment marketing and consulting firm, which brought him into close contact with PepsiCo, USA Wrestling, the U. S. Gymnastics Federation, the Denver Baseball Organizing Committee and the Colorado High School Activities Association.  He spent the remainder of the decade with Denver Broncos’ Penthouse Suites, Ltd. as Managing Director of the partnership’s operation at Mile High Stadium, working with the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and special event promoters, before becoming an owner/consultant of SportSells, Inc., a similar sports marketing and consulting firm with projects in Denver, San Francisco, Manchester NH and Greenville, SC, working with Carl Scheer and Scheer Sports Inc., developing and building the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH and the BiLo Arena in Greenville, SC. 

Immediately prior to assuming his Colorado Sports Hall of Fame responsibilities in 2003, Tom served as Assistant General Manager and Director of Golf Operations for San Francisco’s historic Presidio Golf Course and Club.  As President & CEO of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization which includes a very special museum you may not know about at Mile High Stadium, Tom has negotiated alliances with other foundations and sports groups, organized the 4A and 5A Colorado high school football “Championship Saturday” event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, launched the CSHoF Golf Classic and overseen the annual CSHoF Induction Banquet.  The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, during Tom’s tenure, has contributed more than $1,400,000 to youth sports organizations like Colorado High School Activities Assn., Special Olympics Colorado, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Gold Crown Foundation, Colorado Golf Assn., and Sportswomen of Colorado.  In addition to turning a $250,000 deficit at the CSHoF in 2003 into $1,000,000 in reserves in 2017.                                                               

He has also been involved as a board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, the Denver Nuggets Foundation, CU’s Athletic Mentor Program, Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, Colorado Open Golf Foundation, Denver Sports Advisory Council, and past president of the Colorado Golf Association.  Also serving as Board Chairman of CommonGround Golf Course and Real Estate entities for the CGA and CWGA, which owns CommonGround GC.  Past president of the board of Lakewood Country Club, and founding board member of the Colorado Golf Foundation. 

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