1920 - Mark was born in Odessa, Russia, as an only child.
1931 - Mark had made his way to Chicago and begins providing for his parents at 11 years old. At the age of 15 Mark bought his first used car for $50. Mark sold that car for $250 to a used car dealer by the name of Tex Sweetlove. Tex liked what he saw in Mark and hired him to buy cars for his dealership. Tex taught Mark the car business and soon Mark was buying and selling cars for himself.
1948 - After serving in the US Army as a celestial navigator and translator (he spoke five languages by this time), Mark opened his first one car used car lot on Cicero Ave in downtown Chicago. Mark would buy one car at a time and when he sold that car he would buy another one with the proceeds.
1957 - Mark decided to take the money he had earned over a 9 year period and build a used car dealership in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. He named his new dealership Mark Motors. When the building was complete, the Arlington Heights city manager walked in and advised Mark that the city was not zoned for used car dealers and the only way he could open for business was to have a new car franchise in conjunction with his used car operation. Mark quickly petitioned every new car manufacturer for a dealership and was rejected by every manufacturer except one, Studebaker. The year was 1957 and Studebaker was probably only three years away from going out of business and they knew it. It wasn't unusual for Studebaker to issue a new car franchise to anyone who would agree to take it since sales were a challenge and the public’s interest in the vehicle was waning. Sure enough, Studebaker announced that they would cease operations and closed their manufacturing plant in 1960 and ceased operations soon thereafter.