Mark came to Durham in 1968 to attend Duke University, where he received his B.A. degree and subsequent M.M. degree from the Fuqua School of Business. While at Duke, he met his future wife Cynthia and together they raised two children, one of whom, Elena, remains in the Triangle area; her brother Eric lives in the Bay Area. For twenty years, Mark was employed by Duke University in various positions within its financial operations, including Assistant Treasurer and then Associate Vice-President and Director of Public Securities at Duke Management Company. In 1993, he started an investment advisory firm, Kuhn & Associates, Inc., of which he is the president. One of the most fulfilling parts of his profession is helping clients consider their philanthropic goals. Mark is also a North Carolina CPA.