As a property investor in multi-family and student housing units, Mark Frier’s entrepreneurial and real estate success started in Chicago, inspired by his grandmother and father who developed successful businesses during his childhood. Holding a degree in mechanical engineering, he was lured to Vermont in 2006 to work as a project manager and engineer for Burton Snowboards.
Mark has grown his real estate investments into thriving businesses with persistence and interest in remodeling and redevelopment projects, constant evaluation of what drives economic growth in a community, and the ability to assemble industry experts with similar passions. A resident of Waterbury, everything about the area checked the proverbial box for a few of his adventures: access to the mountains and quality of life, commuting distance, and recognition of an evolving town. Waterbury was the perfect location to own a commercial building, home to his first restaurant in 2009, The Reservoir. Mark also owns a second restaurant, the Bench in Stowe, and holds additional rental units, apartments, and industrial buildings. His ventures require solid trust in an experienced management team and chefs to operate the day-to-day and genuine respect for his employees. He also grew a hobby for home brewing into a commercial operation under the brand Big Tree Beer.
As a licensed real estate salesperson, Mark has advised friends to grow their personal wealth through real estate. Recognizing an opportunity to guide property investors at a higher level, Mark joined his partner, Michaela Quinlan of the Quinlan Group, at Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman. As an individual Agent, Michaela is recognized for her own entrepreneurial drive growing her real estate business to the top 7% of Coldwell Banker associates worldwide.
Through all of his business ventures, Mark invests equally in the time he dedicates to the economic vitality of Waterbury's town, serving 7 years on the Waterbury Select Board, among other committees.