Mark Ayers lives in Rockford, Michigan, a small town on the Rogue River near Grand Rapids. He has lived in Jamestown, New York; Lilburn, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta; Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus; many Seattle neighborhoods; and Edmonds, Washington, a small town near Seattle; and on a few US Army bases. In addition, he lived in Italy for a year in the early 1980s and in Turkey for a year in the early 1990s.

Mark earned a degree in political science at The University at Albany, State University of New York. He works on improving processes and automation for Hypori. He has worked at Subsplash improving technology systems, services, and processes; at Nordstrom writing application programming interfaces for mobile applications and as a site reliability engineer; on Samsung’s Cloud Native Computing Team doing research and development on the Kubernetes platform; with ESPN.com for The Walt Disney Company ensuring fantasy football and March Madness scaled; and for dental and medical insurance companies; supporting information systems and information security.

He served in the US Army as an enlisted airborne infantryman and, later, as an officer. He earned the Ranger Tab along the way.

Mark’s community service includes four years on his local public library board, including one year as its president; five years on the advisory board of a regional writers’ conference recruiting, selecting, and scheduling presenters and keynote speakers; and he has been an officer on the executive committee of a few volunteer nonprofit organizations.

The views expressed here are his own. They are not endorsed, approved, or reviewed by any other person or organization.