Mark Sanders was born in northern Indiana, and spent his formative years in Kendallville, Auburn, and Angola Indiana. Graduating from East Noble High School in Kendallville and working in various professions over the last 25 years Mark has gained the knowledge that we must treat everyone with respect while embracing diversity.
Having lived in Kendallville, Flint and Ann Arbor, Michigan; Columbia, Missouri; and Champaign, Illinois, Mark returned to Indiana and lives with his partner and two corgis (Newton and Buddy) in Lawrence.
Mark truly knows what it means to be a small business and work within a budget. He currently works as an account manager for Century Beauty Supply, based in Louisville KY, and works daily with small business owners throughout Indiana.
While living in Flint, Mark worked as a manager and regional support training manager for Hot Topic, overseeing the day-to-day operations of not only his own assigned store but also traveling to help open new stores, train staff and work with loss prevention with struggling stores.
Mark has also been a grocery buyer for Peoples Food Co-op in Ann Arbor Michigan–being in an employee and community owned business Mark worked hard to meet the expectations of customers/owners to deliver the best quality products while keeping prices fair to everyone.
While living in Columbia, Mark worked for Clovers Natural Market, a small family-owned natural food store. During this time Mark again embraced the customers while working on a tight budget while also meeting the needs of the small business environment. Mark is keenly aware of the need for the community to be supportive of the small business owner.
When life took Mark to Champaign, Mark changed directions and moved away from the retail environment and attended a local trade school to learn the art of cutting hair. Mark then became self-employed as a hair stylist/barber. Finding this position fun but not as rewarding as he would have liked he transitioned into the more specialized field of beauty supplies and support for the salon industry–Mark wanted to work with the salon/barber shop owners to build their business while offering the best possible service and products.
Mark truly enjoys being back home in Indiana and loves Lawrence. He is running for Lawrence Common Council to put his talent for business and diversity experience to work for all the citizens of District 6.