Mark Brown is the vice president of business retention and expansion for the Birmingham Business Alliance. He is responsible for implementing business retention and growth strategies for companies in the Birmingham seven-county region. He has extensive economic development experience in supporting existing industry growth, marketing, business development and workforce development. Since the inception of the business retention and expansion initiatives, existing companies in the Birmingham region have announced 15,363 jobs and capital investments totaling $3.2 billion dollars. Mark has been with the BBA since August 2011.
Previously, Mark worked as director of workforce recruitment at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, a position he held for four years. In that role, he was responsible for the planning, creation and implementation of the workforce recruitment and retention programs for the chamber. He developed college campus recruitment initiatives, a comprehensive plan to recruit mid- to senior-level executives, coordinated chamber workforce-related committees and executed a workforce preparedness program working with existing industries in the region. Additionally, Mark supported BRAC (Base Re-alignment and Closure) related events and activities for the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee to include town hall meetings, job fairs and marketing activities supporting the Redstone Arsenal Commands.
Prior to his career in economic development, he spent 14 years in the private sector serving in various operations, sales, marketing and business development leadership roles within large corporations in the transportation and telecommunication industries throughout the Southeast. Companies Mark has worked for include Verizon Wireless, Saia Inc., Southeastern Freight Lines, AAA Cooper Transportation and Consolidated Freightways.
Mark is a graduate of the University of North Alabama, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and Auburn University’s Economic & Community Development Institute. He lives in the Birmingham area with his wife and three daughters.