Mark Leffler named Mentor of the Year

The Steering Committee for the 15th Annual tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition is pleased to announce that Mark Leffler of King’s College has been named the Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award recipient.  Leffler is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at King’s McGowan School of Business. He is also the Angelo P. DeCesaris Executive in Residence, an endowed chair that encourages alumni, faculty and students to work together to create opportunities.

Mark is an alumnus of King’s College, graduating in 1975 with a degree in Business Administration. Over his career, he’s started eight different chemical distribution companies, and wanted to give his time and resources to his alma mater.

“Even as a student, I knew I’d be back here teaching. So, when the Dean approached me about the chair, I went back to school. I got my Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania at age 53, and then immediately after joined the staff at King’s.”

Part of Mark’s work as a mentor includes encouraging students to not be afraid to explore opportunities. Mark has been involved with the Business Plan Competition for the past six years and has helped participants with their strategies and presentations in a hands-on role.

Currently, Mark is a part-owner of Chemical Solutions LP and sits on the board of directors of EthosGen LLC, an alternative-energy technologies company founded by King’s alumnus Jim Abrams.

The McNally Award will be presented at the 15th Annual Business Plan Competition Award Dinner on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Tickets for the Awards Dinner can be purchased online at