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Mark Gordon

Pioneer in Deep-Ocean Exploration; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Odyssey Marine Exploration

Travels From:
Florida
Fee Range:
$10,000 - $15,000


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.

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Bio

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.

Speech Topics

Odyssey recovered 110 tons of silver bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, setting a world record for the heaviest and deepest recovery of valuable cargo ever performed on a shipwreck site – but that’s only a snippet of an incredible voyage.


Mark D. Gordon, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Odyssey Marine Exploration, will present highlights of the spectacular series of events that played out in the world-wide media spotlight and nearly ended Odyssey’s business, were it not for a rapid pivot to a new business model that worked.


Mark’s case study and lessons learned will provide you with a blueprint for how to create your very own “pivot plan” so that you are best prepared in advance of facing your next unexpected challenge, to turn unexpected adversity into a bigger and better opportunity.


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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