Mark founded Sherry FitzGerald, along with partners, in 1982 when he was appointed Managing Director at the age of 25. He negotiated the company’s commercial property link with the international firm of DTZ Holdings and displayed his prowess for leading innovation in the business of Irish estate agency through the franchising of Sherry FitzGerald in the late 1990’s.
In 2001 he initiated the collaboration by a number of estate agents in establishing the property portal MyHome.ie which was sold in 2006. In 2005 he successfully led the diversification of Sherry FitzGerald into the London residential market through the acquisition of the long-established business of Marsh & Parsons. In the following six years he dedicated much of his time to helping develop this business and was involved in the successful sale of Marsh & Parsons in late 2011.
Mark was the national Director of Elections for Fine Gael in the 1997 general election and is a former trustee of the party. He was awarded the International Philanthropist of the Year award in 2011 for his charity work in setting up Amawele, a schools twinning charity between Ireland and South Africa. Mark was the first recipient of the prestigious Irish Times / KPMG Top 1000 Distinguished Leader in Business Award (2018) and has recently being appointed to The Better Balance for Better Business initiative introduced by the Government to examine why there are so few women in senior positions and at board level in Irish companies. The issue of gender balance has always been at the heart of the Sherry FitzGerald ethos.