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Mark Winchester

U.S. Small Business Administration, Houston District Office

Deputy District Director

Mark Winchester is the Deputy District Director for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Before joining SBA, Mr. Winchester worked for the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) for nearly eight years. During that time period Mr. Winchester worked for the Women’s Business Center (WBC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and the Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Mr. Winchester is also a three time recipient of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) District Office Counselor of the Year Award and a two time recipient of both the SBDC State Star Award and Congressional Letters of Recognition.

While at UTPA, Mr. Winchester held various positions including SBDC Certified Business Advisor (CBA) Level IV Counselor, Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant SBDC Director. In addition, Mr. Winchester served as VBOC Director and Director of the Rio South Texas Regional PTAC.

Prior to UTPA, Mr. Winchester was a VISTA volunteer for a local non-profit in the area of housing and economic development. Mr. Winchester has also worked for several insurance companies and was exposed to complex litigation, risk management, and underwriting. Mr. Winchester has also worked for the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, as well as the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.

Mr. Winchester holds an AS, BBS, and MBA from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. His expertise is in Finance and Information Technology.

Session: Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition