Mark R. Goldston is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Goldston Group in Los Angeles, California, which is primarily focused on venture capital and emerging growth company investing and providing strategic advisory services to a range of companies and Private Equity firms. He is the major investor, co-founder and General Partner of Athletic Propulsion Labs, LLC, an athletic footwear and apparel company based in Los Angeles. Mark is also the Executive Chairman of the Board of Pulse Health, LLC., a company developing breakthrough technology in the field of exhaled breath analysis.
Previously from 2001-2013 Mark was the Chairman, President and CEO of United Online, Inc (Nasdaq: UNTD), an internet conglomerate consisting of NetZero, Juno, FTD Group, Interflora UK, Classmates, MyPoints and StayFriends. United Online was created in September 2001 with the merger of NetZero and Juno Online. Previously, Mark had been the Chairman, President and CEO of NetZero (Nasdaq:NZRO) from 1999-2001 until the merger of NetZero and Juno Online Services created United Online. He was one of the earliest employees of NetZero, the first Chairman and CEO of the company as a startup and took the company public in September 1999. He executed the tax-free spinoff of FTD Companies from United Online on November 1, 2013 creating two independent public companies. He purchased numerous companies and raised over $1 billion in debt and equity capital.
In the 15 years prior to NetZero/United Online, Mark was the Chairman and CEO of The Goldston Group, President and CEO of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp., President of L.A. Gear, Principal of Odyssey Partners, Chief Marketing Officer of Reebok, President of Faberge USA, Inc. and V.P. of Worldwide Fragrance and Skincare Marketing for Revlon.
Mark is one of America’s most accomplished inventors with 63 U.S. and Foreign patents on products ranging from inflatable pump athletic shoes to lighted shoes, energy return systems, spring-based athletic propulsion systems, internet search and internet connectivity technologies.
Mark Goldston is also the author of a highly acclaimed business book entitled The Turnaround Prescription, Repositioning Troubled Companies and is an accomplished public speaker who has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, Bloomberg TV and he has given commencement speeches at The Ohio State University and the USC Marshall School of Business.
He has received numerous awards including the “Most Admired Public CEO In Los Angeles” Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2009, the “Walt Disney Man of the Year Award” by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization in 2007, the “Vince Lombardi Hall of Fame Award For Humanitarian Efforts” by the Boy Scouts of America; the prestigious 2005 “Schaffner Award” from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business, the “2004 International Entrepreneur of the Year” by UMKC Henry Bloch School of Business; The first-ever recipient of the Ohio State University “Young Professional Achievement Award” in 1993; One of the Top 64 “Most Distinguished Alumni of The Ohio State University”; “The Top Marketer in the USA” and a member of the “American Management Dream Team” by Business Month Magazine in 1989, “Top Executives Under 40” by Crain’s New York Business in 1988 and numerous other acknowledgments by Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, the USA Today and other major periodicals.
Mark holds an undergraduate B.S.B.A. Degree from The Ohio State University with a dual major in Marketing and Finance and an MBA (MM) Degree from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a dual major in Marketing and Finance. He is a Life Member of the Northwestern University Kellogg School Global Advisory Board and is a member of the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders.