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Mark Frasco

President & Founder

Mark A. Frasco, Founder and President, started COACT Associates in 2003 with a unique insight into the process of business development. With over 25 years of business leadership experience, as an owner and partner of operating companies (COACT, VistaGroup), holding positions of President, Vice President, General Manager, Sales Manager and Operations Manager, his reputation for cultural transformation, business growth and turnaround activities, has uniquely positioned him as a trusted advisor to leaders everywhere.

Mark has consulted with Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, such as Dana Corporation, Motorola, Alcoa, Wacker Chemical, Sony and Marathon Ashland, as well as small to large-sized service organizations in wholesale distribution, transportation/logistics, information technologies, engineering and construction, and varied other market segments. In the summer of 2002, Mark was selected as a facilitator of “Remembering and Rebuilding” – an event that brought 5,000 world citizens to Javits Center in Manhattan to have dialogue and give feedback on architectural designs for rebuilding and memorializing the World Trade Center site.

Mark was born and raised in Southern California but his career drew him to Northwest Ohio where he earned the degree of Master of Organization Development from Bowling Green State University and a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration with honors in Corporate Finance from the University of Toledo. Active in his community, Mark has served on several boards and has served as a graduate level Adjunct Professor of Business at Bowling Green State University, teaching Research: Data Gathering and Feedback. He lives in Monclova Township, Ohio with his wife of more than 25 years, Kathleen, and their son, Nicholas.

What’s the most unusual job you’ve ever had?

My dad was the warehouse manager for Gorton’s Seafood. It was 100,000 square foot frozen food warehouse. When I was 18, he asked if I wanted to help do inventory at the warehouse, earn some gas money. I put on the full-body freezer wear, entered the warehouse, and counted cartoons of fish. That first day was my last day. Apparently, there was an issue with me taking three breaks an hour to enjoy the piping hot chicken soup in the kitchen.

Your guilty pleasure TV show or movie

Moonstruck – I love the scene featuring patriarch Cosmo Castorini selling his plumbing services, “There are three kinds of pipe. There’s what you have, which is garbage – and you can see where that’s gotten you. There’s bronze, which is pretty good, unless something goes wrong. And something always goes wrong. And then there’s copper. Which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money.” Brilliant.