Mark Van Akkeren

Boulder, Colorado, US

Varied background in coaching, consulting, finance, event management & software development
Mark's Skills
Product Management

Startup Experience

First time founder

Age Group


About Mark

Currently segueing from past careers in coaching elite level sport, financial analysis, and large event production. Have been in a software engineering program for the last year. I'm a connector that seeks to form disparate relationships to bring forth collaboration in areas where others saw none. Looking for opportunities that will allow me to leverage the leadership and expertise I've honed through my many backgrounds and experiences.


i ka nana no a 'ike -- by observing one learns || kulia i ka nu'u -- strive for excellence - Hawaiian Proverbs

Work Experience


Merrill Lynch

April 2002 - October 2003

Extended internship with Private Wealth Management group. Evaluated financial asset portfolio of incoming clients. Researched diversification strategies and presented to lead team. Initiated marketing campaign generating over three million dollars in new accounts. Made a lot of copies and coffee.

Financial Analyst


March 2005 - August 2006

Tasked with maintaining balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. Owned quarterly forecasts/projections and a minor amount of bookkeeping.

Accounting Analyst


October 2006 - April 2007

Assisted the controller in the maintenance of the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. General ledger and bill pay. Worked with the CFO on quarterly and annual projections and securing of financing.


MVA Racing

April 2007 - Today

Raced professionally 2007 to 2010. Acquired sponsors and supporters through known networks and cold calling. Added value to relationship thru frequent contributions to online blogs, forums and social media in addition to representing companies on the race course. Made appearances locally and at race destinations. Racing career cut short by motor vehicle accident and derivative endocrine issues. Combined skills from training, racing and extensive self taught exercise physiology background and applied them to working with athletes. Further skillsets acquired: bike fitting, and aerodynamic drag coefficient testing and optimization. Manipulating an athlete's position on the bike to ascertain and subsequently reduce CdA (less drag, more speed). Managed upwards of 30 athletes at any time remotely and 10+ individuals in on site situations at our squad camps. Successfully planned and executed training camps in locations throughout the United States. Have assisted athletes in qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawai'i 31 times with 22 participating in the race. Placed 3 athletes on the podium (top-5) in Kona and two more in the top 10. Five Ironman Age Group Titles, two Ironman Overall Age Grouper titles, seventeen 70.3/Half-Ironman Age Group titles.

Event Productions Manager

Without Limits Productions

September 2010 - Today

Design, consultation, and implementation of swim, bike, run, and triathlon events and race courses. All logistical, behind the scenes work regarding the execution of 300 - 900 person multisport racing events.


The University of Texas at Austin


2001 - 2004

Turing School of Software and Design


2016 - 2017

Co-working Space

Galvanize Boulder

2017 - 2017