I am a native son. My father and mother came from hard working, West Texas farming families who exhibited the tenets of strong faith, self-reliance and persistence. I'm proud to say that my parents instilled those same values in me during my formative years, and they have remained fundamental principles in my life today.
I grew up in Euless, just a short bike ride from where I live now, hunting, fishing and stirring up mischief with my friends on many of the “farms” that are now Colleyville subdivisions.
After graduating from Trinity High School, I received an athletic scholarship to play football at Blinn College, later transferring to Baylor University under Coach Grant Teaff. In 1978 I left Baylor and enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington, where I graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry. With degree in hand, I headed south in the early 80's to pursue a professional career in Houston, but returned in 1986 and settled into Colleyville. I've been a resident ever since, working as a commercial real estate broker and raising a family.
The values I learned from my parents served me well when I lost my first wife Pam in 2002, after a heroic five-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). It was a heartbreaking time, especially for my two young sons, Josh and Jake, but this community, our church friends, neighbors, and school families rallied steadfastly around us with deep and continual support. I will always be grateful for the way so many people demonstrated their love and encouragement to my family during this very difficult period.
I believe I am a living example that God never takes from us more than He is capable of restoring. In 2003 I married my current wife, Valerie, and we embarked on the journey of uniting our four teenage children. Chase, Josh, Cresson and Jake are now grown, and are motivated and successful adults that actually like each other! Chase and his wife Faina have three children, Charlie, Dorothy and Rose, who bring tremendous joy to our lives on a regular basis.
My experience serving in the political realm also began in 2003, when I served on the Colleyville City Council for one term. After focusing my efforts on my career and family, I was ready to throw my hat into a bigger ring ten years later by campaigning for the 2014 Republican nomination in pursuit of the Texas Senate District 10 seat in Tarrant County. Our campaign was not successful, but it provided me with invaluable insights into the practices and procedures that make up Texas politics. Those insights have given me a greater appreciation for the time, effort, familial sacrifices and financial commitments required of our elected officials. The process also served to define my political paradigms.
So here I am today, in 2019, running for another public office. You might wonder why. For me it is simple. I love my family and the life we've built in Colleyville. My extensive community service has honed my leadership skills and prepared me well for this endeavor. I want to be a trailblazer in the quest to make our city the best place to live in North Texas. I strongly believe that through visionary leadership, and by working in the best interests of all citizens, I can help achieve that goal.
- Successful business leader with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
- Visionary leader, self-motivated, strategic thinker
- Experienced in economic development strategies with hands-on experience in real estate property development, including Tax Increment Finance Districts and Public Improvement Districts, business retention and solicitation
- Highly knowledgeable in municipal operations as an elected official administering municipal budgets, planning, zoning, codes & enforcement, 4(b) Economic Development Corporations
- Highly proficient in analysis of technical issues related to finance, infrastructure & construction
- Thorough understanding of elected official to municipal staff relationships
- Persuasive and articulate public speaker
- Responsible for business development, strategic direction and daily business operations
- Continually developing new ideas and strategies for improvements in productivity
- Developing funding for partnerships and new business/construction developments
- Highly experienced in planning, zoning, codes, utilities, and municipal policies and procedures
- Responsible for hiring, training, and management of a commercial real estate business
- Implemented profit-motivated strategies and programs for increased income production
- Developed operating, leasing, and management budgets for a $200,000,000 real estate portfolio
- Designed and implemented property re-development strategies
- Verifiable track record of outstanding sales and leasing achievements
- Senior Vice President-Brokerage – Glacier Commercial Realty Irving, TX – 2016 to Present
- Executive Vice President – Property Advisers Realty, Inc. Las Colinas, TX – 2010 to 2013
- Founder / Partner – 3R Realty Ventures, LLC Colleyville, TX – 2010 to Present
- Founder / President – Skinner Commercial Realty & Associates, Inc. – 2003 to Present
- Senior Vice President / Manager – Henry S. Miller Commercial Real Estate – 2002 to 2003
- Vice President – Vantage Companies & Bradford Companies – 1986 to 2002
- Marketing Representative – Pardoe Development Co. Houston, TX – 1984 to 1985
- Salesman – Hank Dickerson & Co. Houston, TX – 1983 to 1984
- Technical Sales Representative – Conoco Chemicals Co. Houston, TX – 1980 to 1983
Mark Skinner has enjoyed a successful 36-year career in the commercial real estate industry in Texas. He has a proven track record of high achievement, and has had the opportunity to assist hundreds of start-up and existing businesses reach success. He has an extensive background in real estate brokerage, leasing, project management, construction and development. Mark has expertise in economic development and the creation of value through capital risk. His career has also provided him with a valuable understanding of the intricacies of regulatory environments and their effects on economic growth. With his technical education and background in commercial property development, Mark is well prepared to address nuances of the leading issues that will directly impact the Texas economy. Mark understands the complex relationships between economic growth and transportation, workforce and education, the oil & gas industry and the environment, and the expansion of our water resources and population growth. He is prepared to address these issues by making them priorities, and leading in the efforts to ensure a strong foundation for Colleyville.
Professional Associations & Memberships
- North Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR)
- National Association of Realtors (NAR)
- Texas Association of Realtors (TAR)
- Arlington Board of Realtors
- National Rifle Association
- Member – Grand Prairie Gun Club in Grand Prairie, TX
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