Donald Van De Mark (Speaker)
Author & Speaker
For twenty years Donald Van de Mark was a national television news correspondent and anchor with CNBC, CNN and public broadcasting stations.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s Van de Mark reported the news from Washington, DC and New York City, interviewing hundreds of national politicians, business leaders and cultural icons. Instrumental in the launch of both CNBC and CNN’s financial channel, CNNfn, he was correspondent and anchor where he helped develop four individual programs: Entrepreneurs Only, Washington Unwrapped, Biz Buzz and Show Business. Van de Mark was also co-anchor of CNN’s MoneyWeek. On August 31st, 1998 Van de Mark broke the story of Long Term Capital Management’s near collapse; an event that shook global currency, bond and equity markets. From 2000-2003, Van de Mark wrote and anchored Great Entrepreneurs and Great Leaders, television series which aired on public broadcasting stations.
Intrigued by early commercial opportunities opened up by computer communications, Van de Mark spent 1993-94 working with the feared and revered media and Internet mogul, Barry Diller. Van de Mark managed media and investor relations for QVC, Inc., as Diller made two widely covered takeover attempts: a $10 billion run at Paramount Communications and a scuttled $6.4 billion merger with CBS Inc.
Donald has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University where he studied political science, psychology and economics. Donald also graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island and attended Upper Canada College in Toronto. Donald currently lives in Sonoma, California where he has just completed his first book: The Good Among the Great, 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People.
Patrick Zanoni, '00
Van de Mark, in his 25 years of interviewing for CNBC and CNN, discovered that some people were not just successful but exemplary. He studied modern high achievers who were also beloved characters, found 19 shared personality traits, and integrated his findings with the models of Abraham Maslow.