As a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.Sc. in Mathematics, Mark Gustafson has 30+ years of experience in the software industry, in verticals including healthcare, personalized photo manufacturing and most recently the energy and utility industry.
In 1999 Mark co-founded Reischling Press Inc.’s current business model and led their technology revolution in the personalized photo merchandise industry for over 11 years as their CTO and executive director. Today RPI has offices in Seattle, Atlanta and the Netherlands.
From 2010-2012 Mark was the CEO of August Systems, a home health software company where he led them to a cloud / SaaS based delivery model.
Mark’s experience in Agile software delivery and Dev Ops landed him at Avista Corp. where he helped bring modern software delivery and operations techniques to the Utility.
Mark now works as a Senior Manager in business development and strategy at Avista Corp., where he helps lead innovation and commercialization actives as well as corporate venture capital for Avista’s strategic investments and economic development, which includes co-founding Mind to Market LLC, an Inland Northwest Pre-seed venture capital fund.
Mark is currently working on his Master of Science in Data Science at Northwestern University. He has a Utility Management Certificate from Willamette University and a Certificate of Finance and Accounting for Executives from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Mark holds numerous patents and currently serves on numerous boards in the energy startup space.