About mark s. lewis

Mark S. Lewis = Business Leader, Executive Coach and Inspirational Speaker

Mark believes your individual and business success is based on your willingness to grow and your desire to create an effective company culture!

Making responsibility, accountability, and doing the right thing the rule, not the exception.

Mark S. Lewis has a proven track record in building, leading, and guiding successful entities and executives for growth, acquisition and turnaround strategies:

Mark is a Senior Executive with diverse and successful management experience in business coaching, sales/marketing, new business development and turnaround strategies, strategic planning, finance and operations for both start up and Fortune 500 companies. With his proven success rate for helping businesses grow, Mark will keep you focused and on track to your success.

Mark leads top-performing teams that focus on achieving goal attainment by building a highly functional company culture that results in accelerated company growth in revenue and profits.

  • Co-founded the first locally-owned Internet services company in New Orleans and built revenue from $0 to just short of $4.0 million in less than three years.
  • Successfully helped negotiate the sale of his Internet Company to a Fortune 1000 Company.
  • Has moderated 21+ CEO Roundtables since 2014. 
  • Implemented a successful turnaround strategy to save a nonprofit organization from bankruptcy.
  • Was selected Tech Leader of the Year in Louisiana by the Governor’s Office.
  • Was selected as the Marshall Klein Entrepreneur of the Year by EO of Louisiana.
  • Was honored at Rising Tide Small Business of the Year in Technology by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

The CEO Round tables consist of fifteen to eighteen CEO’s and key decision makers are brought together from Louisiana-based small businesses 10 times throughout the year for collaborative, growth-oriented and coaching sessions. It is a supportive and trusting environment in which CEOs can safely explore both business and personal issues and share best practices.

Participation in the Roundtables provides access to numerous benefits, including: 1) Peer-to-peer learning through discussion, 2) interaction and the sharing of experiences that allow participants to learn from each other’s achievements and mistakes, 3) expert guest speakers and connections to various small business resources and finally, 4) personal and Business Coaching and Feedback.

Milestones

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Technology Sales

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston College and an MBA in Marketing from Tulane University.

In 1981, Mark started at IBM as an account systems representative and moved into management where he developed strategies for lead generation.

While at IBM, Mark’s achievements included the Rookie of the Year in the Southern Region and the Golden Circle award. Mark voluntarily left IBM in 1994 to form Communiqué, a New Orleans-based Internet Service Provider (ISP).


Successful Tech Entrepreneur

In 1994 Mark became co-founder and President of Communiqué, a New Orleans-based Internet Service Provider (ISP). With a focus on small to medium-size businesses, Communiqué achieved 10,000 users before being purchased in 1997.

In 1994, Mark created the Louisiana Technology Council (LTC) with a goal to make Louisiana the technology capital of the South. He served as LTC’s President for 10 years.

Since 2014, Mark has moderated three CEO round tables whereby fifteen to eighteen CEOs participate in Leadership Round Tables. As a result, he has developed a CEO Playbook for leadership coaches.


Leading Others

In 2011, Mark initiated the IT Symposium and has continued his influence as a technology leader. For the past twelve years, Mark appeared live on WWLTV’s monthly TV program called “Digital Gumbo”, which provided the latest developments in technology advancements; and helped to promote local technology companies throughout the region. He has also participated in numerous panel discussions
throughout his career in entrepreneurship and technology.

In 2005, Mark was selected by the Governor’s office as Technology Leader of the Year for the State of Louisiana. Through his leadership, Louisiana became one of the top three states in the country for technology jobs and wage growth.  For nearly a decade, he served as the Project Coordinator for Louisiana’s largest Annual IT Symposium.

In 2014, Mark became a member of the Entrepreneurial Organization (EO) of Louisiana and immediately became a
Board member as its Strategic Alliance Chair. In 2018, Mark became EO of Louisiana’s Board Membership Chair
and helped EO of Louisiana become the fastest-growing EO Chapter in the country. In July 2019, EO of Louisiana presented Mark with its Marshall Klein Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work in helping EO of Louisiana become the fastest-growing entrepreneurial chapter in the world!


A Coach For Executive Coaches

Mark reclaimed the name, Communiqué for his business coaching and consulting firm to help entrepreneurs and organizations greatly accelerate their growth through the development and implementation of effective strategies across all business functions.

Communiqué’s expertise is in business development and business planning, financial management and capital access, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, turnaround strategies, and business mentoring.

Are You Ready For Success ?

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Listen to these interviews of Mark as he explains how a GIVE A DAMN philosophy can lead to your success!