In addition to working with Kelly, Hannaford & Battles P.A. in an "Of Counsel" capacity, Mark is also affiliated with Van Iwaarden Associates, a Minneapolis actuarial consulting firm. Mark was the Managing Director and founder of Sylvan Benefit Consultants (1995 - 2012), which has now been folded into Advanced Capital Group, a Minnesota employee benefits and investment consulting firm.
Mark is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an enrolled actuary under ERISA and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. He has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations and was twice elected to his local school board, where he served as Chair for five years. He is currently the State Chair of the Independence Party of Minnesota.
Mark consults on all aspects of retirement planning, health and welfare benefits, and flexible benefits. He has considerable experience advising clients regarding the design, funding, communication, administration and termination of retirement plans. He has worked with a wide variety of clients, large and small, public and private (including publicly traded), for profit and non-profit (including cooperatives).
Law School: University of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1981
Mark is a 1975 graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in mathematics and actuarial science, and a 1981 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. In 1982, he joined William M. Mercer, Incorporated, serving on its National Defined Benefit Practice Group, which shared national responsibility for the development of that firm's defined benefit consulting practice. In addition, Mark was Mercer's Minneapolis pension practice leader for five years.