Mark Rose was raised in Austin where he attended LBJ Early College High School and spent much of his free time hunting and fishing with his older brother. While he was in high school, Mark worked for a mulch and soil company, an experience that ultimately led him to found his own mulch and soil company, Living Earth, with his wife, Peggy, in 1990. With Mark as its president and chief executive officer, Living Earth grew to 34 locations with 270 employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Houston, Nashville, and Knoxville. During his 24 years at Living Earth, Mark oversaw dozens of real estate transactions for the company. He also served 14 years on the TCEQ’s Municipal Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Council where he gained expertise in EECs (Existing Environment Conditions), ESAs and regulations.
Over the last 25 years, Mark has bought and sold more than 20 properties as personal investments. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys improving raw property to create prime recreational and hunting retreats.
Mark is a very active life member of the Dallas Safari Club where he serves as membership chairman for the annual convention and volunteers with youth activities. He is also a member of the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Committee, the Houston Safari Club, and the National Rifle Association, and is a lifetime associate member of the Boone and Crockett Club. Mark is an Eagle Scout and the vice chairman of the Double Oak Planning and Zoning Commission, which serves the town of Double Oak in Denton, County where he currently resides with his wife Peggy of 31 years. Mark is the proud father of two grown daughters, Julie and Lauren. When not volunteering, he enjoys family time at his ranch in NW Jack County.