Mark Waldrep was raised in San Antonio, Texas and in High School was heavily involved in oratory and debate and graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in 1972. Mark started a carpet flooring business after graduation, later helped his family open a restaurant and began his IT sales career in 1978. Mark took a semester of data processing at San Antonio College but did not continue with that education when he received an offer from a Minnesota based IT company in1982.
As Co-founder and CEO of Datatrend Technologies, Mark has been with Datatrend from its beginning in 1987. He has worked in IT since 1978 in a variety of roles including working with clients to design custom software, acquiring and developing technology and tools to aid in application migration, and working with business leaders in a variety of organizations to find pragmatic ways to optimize information technology.
Prior to founding Datatrend Technologies with business partner Bryan Hodges, from 1978-1982 Mark was the Director of Marketing and Sales at Morton Data Systems (MDS) in San Antonio Texas. At MDS, Mark sold a BICARSA application that specialized in inventory control that was based in EDL on the IBM Series/1 system.
In 1982, Mark went to work for Computer Options (COI) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, bringing his Series/1 solution experience with him to focus on an assigned territory. In addition to selling customized Series/1 solutions on a cross industry basis, Mark sold financial services primarily funding client needs for IT equipment in the form of leases, purchase leases and rentals. While at COI, Mark became a member of the CDLA (Computer Dealers and Lessors Association) which later merged with ASCDI. Mark served on the board of directors of CDLA for three years.
Mark Waldrep formed Datatrend Technologies in early 1987 with business partner Bryan Hodges who ran administration at MDS in San Antonio. Mark crafted a practice at Datatrend focused on refurbished IBM Series/1 computers guaranteed eligible for IBM maintenance support but later secured an IBM Business Partner relationship with IBM based upon an EDX/EDL consultancy practice that was developed. From there, Datatrend grew its offerings to include application migration, SAN design and implementation, staff augmentation, structured cabling and enterprise systems capacity planning and architecture. Under Mark’s leadership, Datatrend has received a variety of appreciation awards from clients due to specific project success as well as a host of awards from alliance partners. Mark embraces a servant’s heart approach to serving clients and positioning Datatrend as a trusted advisor.
Mark enjoys helping clients identify and minimize/eliminate potential project risks, develop successful project plans which identify critical path elements, and provide solutions tailored to specific customer paradigms. Over the years Mark has leveraged his experience in numerous application migration projects, providing infrastructure solutions for mission critical applications, and assisting clients in resolving performance issues. Mark is an advocate for Datatrend clients working with manufacturers to improve their offerings in concert with end user needs.
Mark is an avid bowler, taking up the sport when his parents started him in a youth bowling league at age six. Today, Mark is a scratch bowler, but he finds that most clients prefer golf. Mark also enjoys hiking in the American West, playing poker, music and is an auto enthusiast.