After more than 30 years of military service, Mark Robertson retired as a Colonel in the US Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit for his service in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and seven other foreign countries. His military career culminated in his assignment to the Pentagon to serve as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Mark and his family have lived in Southern Nevada for 29 years where he owned and operated a small business. As a Certified Financial Planner, Mark helped hundreds of individuals and families build a more secure financial future.
In addition to his military service and running his business, Mark has been an assistant professor and adjunct faculty member at UNLV, the National Defense University and the American College.
His community service includes leadership in his Church, youth sports, member of the Henderson Senior Citizen Commission and substitute teacher in Clark County School District.
Mark graduated from BYU with a degree in finance and has earned an MBA from City University of Seattle.
He has been married to Lesly for 38 years and they have four children and four grandchildren — all living in Southern Nevada.
Mark was the second child of five children in his family. Both of his parents served in the Navy before Mark was born. Growing up, his Mom was a nurse and his Dad was a butcher. For a while, his Dad owned a small meat market, but it was tough going. Mark’s parents eventually went back to college. This was not easy with five children at home. From this experience, Mark learned the value of education and hard work.
Throughout his high school years, he worked at a grocery store. After high school, Mark didn’t have the funds to attend college, so he joined the Army in order to earn the GI Bill. After three years in the Army, he earned an academic scholarship from Brigham Young University along with a military scholarship. Before starting college, he served a two-year mission for his church. After college, Mark re-entered the Army in order to fulfill the service obligation that came along with the military scholarship.
While in college, Mark married Lesly Brown. Mark says this was the best decision of his life. Together they created a happy home in which they raised four children. They moved around a lot in the Army. In fact, when they finally settled in Henderson, they had been married nine years and were moving into their tenth home. Thirty years later, they are still glad they made the move to Southern Nevada.
In his military career, Mark advanced from the rank of Private to eventually retire as a Colonel. He served in ten different foreign countries, including combat zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He had the privilege of serving in Iraq with his oldest son, Steve who was an Army Sergeant. For his service Mark was awarded the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and several other medals. During his 30 years of service, he worked with other Americans from all walks of life. From this experience he learned to look past color or race to see people as individuals.
While living in Southern Nevada, Mark worked for nine years at NV Energy before leaving to start his own business. His first attempt failed. He and his brother-in-law opened an auto repair shop on Las Vegas Boulevard – it didn’t work out. Using the MBA he had recently finished, he started a financial planning practice. This small business was a success. Throughout the next 20 years, Mark helped hundreds of Nevada families plan for a more secure future.
Mark has been very involved in the community. He has served as a youth sports coach, a Scout Master, a leader in his church and a volunteer at a kitchen that serves meals to the homeless. He was on the board of directors for Opportunity Village which provides services to mentally challenged children and adults. Mark served on the City of Henderson Senior Citizen Commission where he recommended services for our older residents. He has taught finance and military science courses at UNLV, and has served as a substitute teacher for the Clark County School District.
Mark and Lesly love living in Southern Nevada. All of their children (Steve, TJ, McKenzie and Tanner) are living here with their own families. Mark wants to do everything he can to protect the quality of life in Southern Nevada. This means good-paying jobs, clean air, strong families, and communities of people who support each other.
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