About mark s. lewis

Business Leader, Executive Coach and Professional Speaker

Individual and business success is based on a willingness to change your mindset and have an intense desire to create an effective company culture! Effective leaders know what they don’t know and rely on the best people to move a company toward greater success.

Responsibility, accountability, character, and doing the right thing are the rules, not the exception.

Mark has a proven track record in building, leading, and guiding successful teams and executives for growth, profit, community, acquisition, and turnaround strategies:

Mark is a senior executive with diverse and successful management experience in business coaching, sales/marketing, new business development, turnaround strategies, strategic planning, finance, and operations for both start-ups and small to medium-sized companies. With a proven, successful track record in helping businesses implement change for profit and growth, Mark continually keeps companies focused on a path to success.

Mark leads and helps implement directives and strategies that provide top-performing teams to focus on achieving goal attainment and core values by building a highly functional company culture that results in accelerated company growth in both 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 implemented and moderated over 25 CEO Roundtables since 2014. 

Implemented a successful turnaround strategy to save a nonprofit organization from bankruptcy.

Selected as Technology Leader of the Year in Louisiana by the Governor’s Office.

Selected as the Marshall Klein Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneurial Organization of Louisiana.

Selected the Rising Tide Small Business of the Year in Technology by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

Co-founder of Evolve Media AI Corporation.

Recognized nationally as a Leadership Coach by the Coach Foundation in 2023.

CEO Round tables generally consist of 15 – 18 CEOs and key decision makers from small to medium size businesses who meet 10 times throughout the year to network, collaborate, share experiences, and strategize on best business practices for their company.  It is a supportive and trusting environment in which CEOs can safely explore both business and personal issues to help with their growth, both personally and professionally.

Participation in CEO Roundtables provides access to numerous benefits and includes the following:

1) Peer-to-peer learning through discussion and breakout sessions, 2) Interaction and the sharing of experiences and best practices that allows participants to learn from each other’s achievements and mistakes, 3) Expert guest speakers and connections to various small business resources, 4) Personal and expert advice from business coaches,5)  Tools and resources that can be utilized in helping a business grow… and much more.


Mark’s Success


About Mark

Born and raised in Rochester, NY; Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston College, MBA in Marketing from Tulane University. In 1981, Mark became an IBM accounts systems representative and became an agent territory manager helping to develop strategies for lead generation for both IBM agents and value-added resellers. In 1982, Rookie of the Year in the Southern Region also became a Golden Circle award winner. 


Successful Entrepreneur
About Mark

Mark voluntarily left IBM and became co-founder and President of Communiqué, a New Orleans-based Internet Service Provider in 1994. Communiqué quickly achieved rapid success and generated 10,000 users before being purchased in late 1997.


Mark started EyeOnet LLC in 1998, which merged with Orange Twine in 2000, and became Chairman of the Board. In 2002, Mark became President of the Louisiana Technology Council (LTC) with the goal of making Louisiana the Technology Capital of the South®. He served as LTC’s President for 10 years and helped Louisiana go from 49th to 32nd in technology employment. Beginning in 2014, Mark started implementing and moderating successful CEO Round Tables through the Entrepreneurial Organization of Louisiana. 

2011 to Present

Leading Others
About Mark

In 2011, through a cooperative joint venture with EFM Events, Mark helped create the Louisiana IT Symposium that brings together executive IT leaders and their direct reports for best practices.  From 2004-2020, Mark appeared live on WWLTV’s monthly program called “Digital Gumbo,” which provided the latest developments in technology advancements and helped 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.   In 2014, Mark became a Board member of the Entrepreneurial Organization (EO) of Louisiana as its Strategic Alliance Chair and shortly became EO of Louisiana’s Board Membership Chair.  He helped EO of Louisiana become the fastest-growing Chapter in the country. In recognition of his volunteer success, in July 2019, EO of Louisiana presented Mark with its Marshall Klein Entrepreneur of the Year. He also received EO’s Global Award in Macau, China for Membership Excellence.

2011 to Present

Programs for CEOs and Leadership Coaches
About Mark

Mark reclaimed the name Communiqué for his business coaching and consulting firm to help entrepreneurs and organizations achieve and accelerate their growth and success through the development and implementation of effective strategies across all business functions via personalized coaching or participation in CEO Round tables. Since the implementation of his CEO Round Tables has been so successful, Mark created the CEO Roundtable Facilitator Playbook for leadership coaches to implement and provide the same success to other business leaders.

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

The Philosophy of Success

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