Leading Authorities is sad to announce the passing of our founder, Mark French. Mark started Leading Authorities in 1990 and led the company to become a leader in the speaking, video, and live production industries. Mark was also the publisher of CEO Update, the association sector’s top resource for c-level executives focused on trends, best practices, and careers.

More importantly, Mark was a loving husband to Carol, father to Kathleen, Brian, and Lauren, and grandfather to Kirsten and Preston. A lifelong traveler, skier, and friend to many, Mark became an advocate for stroke awareness and prevention after suffering a stroke in 2015. In the years following, he raised money and supported many organizations in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke in the lives of others. His family requests that memorials be made to the Neuroscience Research Center at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, which is dedicated to improving stroke recovery. Please select other in the designation field and enter Neuroscience Research Center.

Click here to read through reflections on the life and legacy of Mark French. Please join the employees and friends of Leading Authorities as we keep Mark’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

Services for Mark will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at 11:00 am at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Bethesda, and the family will be receiving guests there starting at 10:00 am.