I’m Mark Aardsma. As an entrepreneur I launched and led two companies to the multi-million-dollar level. Now I invest, write, speak, and coach others who launch and lead.
At age 24 I started a software business in my basement. At 26 I started acoustic panel manufacturer ATS Acoustics. At 28 I started nationwide lens, video, and projector rental business ATS Rentals. I hope to start others in the future.
My investments in financial markets have outperformed the S&P 500 by a wide margin since I began eight years ago. I am also actively seeking business acquisition opportunities, and opportunities to invest in select startups. If you know of or are leading a great opportunity, please contact me. I’m a member of the Urbana-Champaign Angel Network and Central Illinois Angels. I also do deals directly through my investment office.
I share exclusive tips and insights in 1-3 sentences in The Daily Mark. (Subscribe on the right.Subscribe here.) I also write a once-monthly blog about leadership and business. In my book Investing With Purpose I share my best advice on how you can effectively pursue the life and work you value most. It released March 2016 from Career Press and Brilliance Audio. My articles sometimes appear in business publications as well.
Coaching and Consulting
My businesses would have stalled and struggled without the coaching I received. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I get to pay this forward as a business coach to others who are traveling a similar path. I also facilitate half-day or longer strategy meetings to clarify the big picture and energize execution on what’s next. I offer my Leadership Development Cohort, a 12-month personal and professional growth experience.