Speed without direction is useless.
S. Mark McKenna, MD, MBA is a Medical Doctor licensed in Surgery and Medicine by the Georgia and Florida State Board of Medical Examiners. He is a passionate patient advocate and a dedicated community servant. Dr. McKenna, originally from New Orleans, LA, is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School. After completing his medical training he began to practice medicine with his father while simultaneously launching McKenna Venture Investments, a boutique real estate development firm. Over the years McKenna went on to acquire/launch Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc. This portfolio of companies would grow to over 50 employees and offered turnkey design-build, finance, and real estate closing services.
On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans and most of McKenna’s business interests. In the aftermath of the storm, he actively participated in the rebuilding of New Orleans through the redevelopment of low-moderate income housing.
In November of 2007 McKenna relocated to Atlanta, GA and launched ShapeMed, a wellness and aesthetic based medical practice. ShapeMed was sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. (NYSE – LTM) on November 1st, 2014. Dr. McKenna served as National Medical Director of Life Time Fitness Inc. until July 2016. In July 2017 Dr. McKenna became the CEO/Founder of OVME a consumer facing, technology enabled, medical aesthetic company that is reinventing elective healthcare.
Dr. McKenna is married to Gianine McKenna, they are the proud parents of daughter Milana Elle and a four-year old Pomeranian, Ryder. Dr. McKenna is currently a member of Entrepreneurs Organization and he has previously served as a board member of the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Industrial Development Board.
Where did the idea for OVME come from?
The idea for OVME came from working in the medical aesthetics industry for over 10 years. I grew my practice to be one of the largest in the America and ultimately sold it to a publicly traded company. During that process I noticed many opportunities to disrupt the industry.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I normally wake up at 630am, I then get my daughter out of bed and we have breakfast together while mommy sleeps. After breakfast I shower and then head into work around 8am. I normally work until 6pm then head home for dinner with the family. After dinner I head to Jiu Jitsu training and train until 9pm. After training I come home and work until I fall asleep.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I regularly set goals and practice visualization. I also like to meditate in a quiet place at least once a day. I have found the combination of meditation and active goal setting is a recipe for success.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
Decline in smoking in America.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I am a voracious reader.
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
I have always worked for myself so I have never truly “had a job”.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
I would have taken more time find my passion at a younger age. I was always in a hurry to get through school and in retrospect I believe I may have rushed some things. It’s okay to move slowly. Speed without direction is useless.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.
Surrounding myself with smarter people than myself.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Retail brick and mortar crypto currency to cash money exchanges.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Today I paid my handy man $100 to fix my garbage disposal – definitely money well spent.
What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?
Mostly the basics Microsoft Office, XCEL, etc.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Think and grow rich. A must read for any entrepreneur – amazing book. The book, written by Napoleon Hill, does a deep dive into the power of visualization.
What people have influenced your thinking and might be of interest to others?
Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg, and Barack Obama.