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Mark Brown
Mark Brown
Education: Holy Spirit High School, Atlantic Community College, Stockton State College
HomeTown: Brigantine
Occupation: CEO, Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts

Mark Brown

"My first job in the casinos, at 18, was as a bar boy stocking ice. My father, Jack Brown, was the president of the Local 54 union in Atlantic City--the hotel, motel, bartenders union--and I was going to go to school for labor relations at UCLA. I graduated high school in 1979 and had a year to kill before going out to UCLA. I thought that I would deal in the casinos for a year and go from there. That year turned into this career. I never made it to California."

"I have a son who is a sophomore at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and another who is a senior at Mainland High. I always tell them that whatever they decide to do in their careers, the key is being nice to people. When Mr. Trump gave me the opportunity to run this company in 2000, the first thing I did was get every employee together in one room. I said that we can make this place work if we all work together. We have 13,000 employees in our company and I took our titles and said to throw them in the ocean, from the person who sweeps the floor to the person in my office. We are all the same. We want to go to work, make as much money as we possibly can and go home to our families. I tell everybody to never forget where they came from. It's something I've always stuck by and it's been good to me."