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Mark Lawler 28 September 2009

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Software entrepreneur & executive

Mark Lawler is the VP of Engineering of Sabrix where he oversees product engineering, including software development, quality assurance, and technical communication. Mark joined Sabrix in 2007, and has over 20 years of experience delivering enterprise software and SaaS solutions for companies ranging from start-ups to large international corporations.

Prior to Sabrix, Mark served as Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at Compli, a provider of a SaaS compliance solution for mitigating regulatory, legal, and operational risk through managing employee policy, procedures, and regulatory compliance.

Mark was also one of the U.S. founders of ProSight and served as the Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Product Management. While at ProSight, he helped grow the company to over $25M in revenue and to profitability before its acquisition by Primavera Systems in 2006, where he became a VP of Product Strategy.

Prior to ProSight, Mark was a Director of Research and Development, managing a globally distributed development team for the PVCS business unit of Intersolv. He re-built the R&D organization and recast the entire product line to leverage a Java technology stack and the Internet, growing revenue from $60M to over $120M.

In addition, Mark held several management and technical positions at Symantec Corporation. He was one of the lead developers on Norton Desktop for Windows (winner of PC Computing Most Valuable Product of the Year in 1991) and was one of the early development managers for Norton AntiVirus. He went on to become the Director of Development and Architect for Symantec’s Security Business Unit.

He relocated to Oregon when Symantec acquired Central Point Software more than a decade ago with his first wife Susan, who passed away after an eight year battle with breast cancer. Remarried now, Mark enjoys the Pacific Northwest with his wife Kim and her children Ahnjene, Annelise, Angelina, and Anton. His hobbies include photography and N-Scale model trains, including the layout he is building in his basement.

Mark is either on the board, an advisor, or a volunteer for several local companies and non-profits including the Software Association of Oregon, TechStart Education Foundation, Business Education Compact, Fedarra, and EthicsPoint.

Mark holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of California, Riverside and is a named inventor on seven U.S. and international software patents.

What are you up to?

I am working hard and enjoying life. I reached a point in my life a while back where I realized that “not caring” about the little things is quite liberating and like a new lease on life.

What are you into?

Today’s music, N-Scale Model Trains, woodworking, and home repairs. In the area of being helpful around the house and do it yourself projects I guess I learned a couple of things from the ol’ man as I was growing up. I also enjoy first person shooters (i.e. Left 4 Dead, Ghost Recon, etc.) and movies where things blow up.

What do you like most about Portland?

Portland has everything I like and nothing that I hate. As an “Air Force Brat” and through work I have traveled to just about every locale and major city in the US. One day I was here on a business trip and said “Wow! Somebody bottled up the best of everything.” I do find it funny though how weather obsessed Portlanders are though; trust me when I say that the drizzle, rain, wind, snow, and heat extremes we have here are nothing when compared to other places–we have it very lucky.

What are you doing professionally?

I am trying to live up to my motto of “Ship high quality products on time that delight customers, win reviews, and bankrupt competitors while having fun, being ethical, and making money.” A little driven? Perhaps. I like to play to win while enjoying the journey and the rewards at the end of the day.

Who are you?

I don’t know, but I’m happy so that’s all that matters I suppose.

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