These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
Mark Levenson's career is as impressive as his educational background, which is considerable. He earned a Masters degree in management and leadership from Pepperdine University, a Bachelors degree in graphic communication from Cal Poly and an Associates degree in liberal arts from Alan Hancock College.
Before joining SAGE Publications in 2011, Levenson held positions with increasing management responsibilities at the former Quebecor World (now Quad/Graphics) as account manager for TIME Magazine. His other stops have included Ventura Printing, T/O Printing (a Consolidated Graphics company), plus Edwards Associates and Communications—Edwards Label.
Graphic communications was destined to become an integral part of Mark Levenson's life. He credits his father's emphasis on focus, accuracy, patience, fairness and consideration of others as guiding principles. Plus, the value of education was not lost on the younger Levenson, who also places a premium on empathy. This he counts among his strengths as a manager.
"I know what the people who report to me face," he says. "I've been there, I've worked my way up, I understand the jobs and the challenges of the positions leading to mine. I provide support, but also listen to and carefully consider the ideas and opinions of all members of my team."
This isn't Mark Levenson's first appearance on an under-40 list; he was chosen to be honored in the 40-under-40 list published by the Pacific Coast Business Times in 2013. His propensity for earning high-level achievement was evident in high school, when Levenson participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Devil Pups program at Camp Pendleton and was chosen as the No. 1 Devil Pup out of a field of 300. The program was designed to build physical stamina, as well as leadership skills, elements he implements in his daily life, even today.
A motocross enthusiast who enjoys sports and spending time with family and friends, Levenson has a wife, Jessica, daughter Brianna (a freshman at Indiana University) and son Alec (a high school freshman).