As one of the world’s foremost deep-ocean explorers, Mark Gordon knows the importance of patience, persistence, and teamwork. He also knows that following your dreams comes with both passion and thrill and successes and failures.
During his speeches, audiences feel the excitement as Mark guides them through adventurous explorations. These unpredictable deep-sea searches may lead to the discovery of unthinkable treasures or to a ship that has been lost to the sea for a century, but there is some consistency in these expeditions: the thrill of the journey and lessons to be learned.
Mark is an entrepreneur with a keen ability to build companies and lead them to realizing their true potential for success. Mark Gordon exemplified this capability when he successfully orchestrated a unique business pivot. Odyssey Marine Exploration, a deep-sea exploration business originally focused on shipwreck exploration, transformed to become a leader in the discovery and extraction of subsea mineral resources when Mark recognized the opportunity to apply Odyssey’s core competencies in a more productive manner. Subsea mineral deposits can provide critical resources with minimal environmental and social impact when compared with land-based deposits. Odyssey Marine Exploration now focuses on projects that can meet stringent standards for environmental responsibility and sustainability while unlocking benefits for the host community and country.
Mark has been featured on Discovery TV and has appeared as a guest on many media outlets including The Today Show, Fox News, Bloomberg TV, and CNBC. He has delivered a TEDx Talk and keynote addresses at the U.S. Naval Academy, The Explorer’s Club, multiple Young President Organization events, and at a variety of diverse business and community conferences.