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Mark Gordon

Pioneer in Deep-Ocean Exploration; Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of Odyssey Marine Exploration

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Mark Gordon knows the importance of patience, persistence and teamwork. He also knows the passion and thrill, and the success and failures, that can come with following your dreams. As one of the world’s foremost deep-ocean explorers, he has utilized all of these tools, and experienced all of these emotions, to make startling discoveries underwater.

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Mark Gordon knows the importance of patience, persistence and teamwork. He also knows the passion and thrill, and the success and failures, that can come with following your dreams. As one of the world's foremost deep-ocean explorers, he has utilized all of these tools, and experienced all of these emotions, to make startling discoveries underwater. As wonderful as major discoveries can be, Mark also knows that it is often the explorations that come up empty handed where the most valuable lessons can be learned.

Mark is living his dream, and his passion is infectious. Audiences feel the excitement as he guides them through adventurous explorations. Whether an expedition leads to the discovery of unthinkable treasures, or to a ship that has been lost to the sea for a century or more, there is always the thrill of the journey and always lessons to be learned.

Throughout his career Mark has conducted hundreds of dives and explorations on shipwrecks, and was the first person to discover and dive on the wreck of the SSProteus, a ship that had been missing since the early 1900's. Discovery Channel's 'TREASURE QUEST' featured Mark and Odyssey in their three-part series that showcased Odyssey's work on the SSGairsoppa, SSMantola and SS American Victoryduring 2012. In total, the Odyssey recovered 110 tons of silver bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, the heaviest and deepest recovery ever performed on a shipwreck site.

Prior to joining Odyssey, Mr. Gordon started, owned, and managed four different entrepreneurial ventures, including Synergy Networks which he founded in 1993 and later sold to the Rockefeller Group, where he served as President until 2004. He knows the pressure that comes with risk-taking and leading companies. Like all business owners, Mark raises capital, answers to boards, creates budgets, and provides quarterly forecasts to investors, now he gets to do all of that in addition to exploring the depths of the world's oceans.

The path to attaining true success and happiness in life results from taking the leap of faith required to enable you to live your passion every day. Mark offers himself as a case study – tracing his path from an unenthused young Management Consultant at a prestigious firm, to his current state of being excited to get to work every day despite the tremendous challenges and adversities faced when inventing a new industry.


In this multimedia presentation that incorporates gripping video from various deep ocean exploration missions, Mark engages and then challenges his audience to consider whether they are currently living their passions, and then offers practical insights on how some simple course corrections might amplify their happiness and success.


Despite the many challenges encountered in the 19 year quest to build a new and previously unexecuted business model in marine exploration, Odyssey beat the odds and created a highly successful enterprise. Through their pursuit of opportunities and adventures throughout the oceans of the world, Mark and his Odyssey team have identified a series of key factors necessary to navigate incredibly complex situations and achieve successful outcomes.


Highly engaging, Mark’s multimedia presentation utilizes interactive elements and fascinating video clips from Odyssey’s day-to-day operations to illustrate the key success factors being discussed. Mark’s presentation inevitably elicits questions from his audiences for which he enjoys allotting ample Q&A time at the conclusion of his presentation.


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