Mark is the founder and CEO of The Pegasus Companies, a family of closely held companies active in the development, construction & operation of solar and renewable energy projects; acquisition and development of wireless and satellite spectrum; provision of telecommunications services to agencies of the U.S. government; and management of an investment portfolio. Mark was also the founder and CEO of Pegasus Media & Communications, a publicly traded satellite television, cable television and broadcast TV company serving 1.5 million subscribers throughout the U.S. Before founding Pegasus, Mark was Managing Partner of BDI Associates (private equity) and an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Butcher & Singer, Inc. (investment banking). Mark has served on the Board of Directors of numerous industry and trade associations, including the Wireless Communications Association (WCA), where he also served as a member of WCA’s Executive Committee and Treasurer, as well as the Satellite Business & Communications Association (SBCA), where he served as a member of SBA’s Executive Committee. He has also served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Media Security & Reliability Commission.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, of the Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia, PA and of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Independence Seaport Museum and of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (where he also chaired the Finance Committee). He is a former Ph.D. Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds an MA from the University of California, where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Reed College. Mark is a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy, and attended secondary school at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.
Mark learned to play squash while at Reed College, captaining the team his junior and senior years. He competed in many club and regional tournaments while a student on the West Coast. Since returning to the East Coast, Mark has continued to play squash regularly in New York (as a member of the River Club and the Union Club, where he chaired the Squash Committee) and in Philadelphia (as a member of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, the Merion Cricket Club and the Philadelphia Cricket Club). Mark is an avid doubles player, captaining many league teams and is a regular participant in regional and club tournaments. He is a member of the US Jesters Club and is the brother of Keen Butcher.
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