How We Got Our Start
Mark Whitlock founded Mark's Outdoor Sports in 1980. What started as a small fishing shop, eventually became one of the country's top 10 outdoor retail destinations. Mark was an industry icon, and for good reason. He built something very few people could through a combination of hard work, exceptional customer service, an incredible knack for merchandising, and a deep appreciation for his customers and employees.
Mark was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and passed away in 2012. It was a loss felt throughout the entire industry. Many years later, customers and employees still exchange stories of Mark, and his generosity toward everyone.