President & Designated Broker
Mark was born in Kansas and raised on a farm in Iowa. Even as a young boy, Mark loved business, spending summers mowing lawns and winters shoveling snow and was attracted to sales, selling all kinds of products from Amway to Encyclopedias. Mark graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Finance and Accounting and moved to Seattle in 1985. There he started his business life with a company that put together limited partnerships to buy apartment buildings before taking a job with Yates Wood & MacDonald and rising to the level of Senior Vice President. In 1990 Mark left Yates Wood to start his own company, Kappes Miller Management, which he still oversees today. That company has grown into a family of companies that includes three condominium management companies, a commercial and residential property management company, a commercial sales and leasing company, an insurance brokerage, a collection agency, a project management company, two construction companies, an association funding company, a residential sales and leasing company, a lumber & hardware store, and a heavy equipment rental company. The KM Family of Companies has enjoyed consistent and methodical growth over the past three decades and prides itself on low turnover of staff in an industry where that is uncommon. In 2016 Mark acquired Yates, Wood & MacDonald, Inc., the company that he ran before leaving to start his own company. Mark is married to his wife Jennifer (27 years) and together they worship their four children, Max, Sam, Beau and Grace. They have two golden retrievers, Moose & Oliver.