Mark Edington first began his career serving 3 tours in the U.S. Marine Corps as a JAG Lawyer from 1992-2001. Aside from serving in various legal roles such as military prosecutor, defense counsel, Special Assistant U. S. Attorney, and Chief Civil Law Officer, Mark also served as a Commander for a company that supported the Marine Corps’ anti-terrorism unit. Mark resigned from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 at the rank of Major.
Following his military service and over the next 12+ years, Mark brought his passion and innovation into the southeast region’s business community as a senior Human Resources leader. He’s worked in various organizations within the healthcare, e-commerce, and hospitality industries as well as having worked as a Law Firm Administrator for a 30-lawyer/300- person law firm in Atlanta, GA.
Upon moving to Charleston in August 2013, Mark founded his own leadership consulting and career coaching firm, Intelligent Human Management Consulting, where he guided business owners and senior leaders in collaborative approaches to improving their organizations. He also worked as a Career Coach for all levels of individuals, executive through non-management. In January, 2015, Mark shifted into a full-time role as the Chief Operating Officer of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. As the COO, Mark led up the Shared Services areas for the organization, to include finance, marketing, IT, human resources, Administrative Services, Operations, strategic planning, and extensive process oversight in order to help achieve a One Team, One Score cohesive, high performing team. Mark resigned from the Chamber in August 2017, and began providing individualized service to leaders to assist them in tackling their organizational pain points in operations and HR.
Mark began his ministry for assisting job seekers back in 2003 when a colleague asked him for help in resume drafting. Mark quickly became known in the community for volunteering his time for career coaching. Since then, Mark has helped in excess of a thousand job seekers pursue their passions, network successfully, fulfill career goals, and become more self-confident in their personal and professional lives. To that end, from 2009 through 2013, Mark was often sought after as a Keynote Speaker for the Atlanta church job search networking groups, presenting on the full range of job search topics to include resume development, interviewing skills, and job search strategies.
Believing deeply that servant leadership extends into the community, Mark also serves as a mentor to young business leaders, is a member of the Core Leadership Team for Seacoast Church’s ReStart Career ministry, helps feed the homeless, supports our nation’s military members- active and those seeking employment, and is on the Board of Directors for The Center for Women.