MARK A. ANDERSON was elected November 4, 2014 and is serving his first term as a Queen Anne’s County Commissioner representing District 4.
Mark graduated from University of Maryland, BS in Education 1966 and was recognized as a distinguished alumni by College of Education, 1996. Mark is a member of the Terrapin Club for almost 44 years and served on Board of Directors for 3 years.
Mark was hired to work for Enjay Fibers and Laminates Division, Odenton, Maryland after graduating from University of Maryland in June, 1966. After working his way up in the company for 8 years, he was promoted to Human Resources Manager.
In 1974, Mark was a member of 9 top managers who with a venture capital group from Cleveland acquired the Nevamar Division from its parent company, Exxon. Nevamar Corporation was the first leveraged buyout of consequence in Maryland. Mark was thereafter promoted to Vice President for Human Resources. After 16 years of operation as a privately held company, the investor group sold the business to International Paper in May, 1990. Mark stayed with International Paper’s laminate division in charge of the human relations function until retiring in 1995. He received recognition from International Paper as one of the 5 best performing Human Resource executives among all of their domestic facilities during his stay with the Decorative Products Division in Odenton.
Mark’s responsibilities as Vice President Human Resources Manager with Nevamar Corporation included:
- EEO and Affirmative Action
- Employment and Recruiting
- Community and Government Relations
- Labor Relations
- Medical Facility
- Environmental Department
- Safety and Plant Security
- Salary, Wage and Benefits Administrator
Through his 29 years at the Odenton manufacturing firm, Mark also served as the company representative of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce serving as President of the Chamber for 5 years during which time the Chamber expanded from a single ZIP code organization to a regional chamber tripling membership in 2 years.
Mark has served his QAC community through various memberships:
President of Plantation Lane Homeowners Association
- Member of Kent Island Elks Lodge 2576 for 19 years, and held positions as President of Trustee and Secretary
- Member of Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, SAL for 4 years
- Life member of the Kent Island Heritage Society
- Mark was also an active volunteer while living in Anne Arundel County, including:
Serving on the first Adequate Facilities Ordinance Committee which offered that County's first APFO
- Member of the Charter Revision Commissions in 1980 and 1990
- Chairman of the County's first Pension Oversight Committee
- Member of the AACo Council Re-Districting Committee, 1990
- Board Member of the Severn River Association
Mark also co-founded 2 companies; Taylor Land Resources, Inc. (1988), a sand and gravel operation in South Anne Arundel County and PST Reclamation, Inc. (1990), construction and demolition debris landfill. Both companies were sold to Sanifil in 1995.
Mark and his wife, Anne, have lived in Queen Anne County for 2 decades. They enjoy spending time with their daughter and son-in-law (both attorneys) and 2 rambunctious grandsons, Steven and Luke.
Mark’s hobbies include rescuing and showing Doberman Pinschers, re-enacting historical battles from World War One, raising Koi fish, and landscaping the grounds. His Forestry Agreement with the State allows him to enjoy the wildlife on the property. He and Anne enjoy traveling.