Mark Samuelian’s roots in South Florida and Miami Beach run deep. His grandfather lived in Coral Gables and Mark’s love for the area started in early childhood. A homeowner in Miami Beach since 2003, he enjoys the richness and diversity of its residents and neighborhoods. Mark met Laura Dominguez (his life partner) in 2012 and they live on the Venetian Islands.
This passion for his community allowed him to be elected to the Miami Beach City Commission in November 2017 with overwhelming resident support. He received 68% of the votes cast and won the majority of votes in all 24 precincts.
Mark combines the skills of a seasoned business executive with the experience of a proven community leader. A former partner at the professional services firm Accenture, he brings three decades of business and technology expertise to the City Commission. He is the past President of Miami Beach United, an established city-wide resident advocacy organization. He has served on the Board of the Belle Isle Residents’ Association and the Pets’ Trust Advisory Board. He has both attended and lectured for the Good Government Initiative.
Mark is a graduate of the Miami Beach Leadership Academy and serves on the Board of Governors of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. As a former national chess champion, he also actively supports Miami Beach scholastic chess as a coach and mentor.
Mark was born in Boston, MA, where his grandparents settled after immigrating to the United States. He attended public schools and was the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Mark learned much from his mother and father – a hardworking small business owner who worked tirelessly for 50 years. His parents approached every day with enthusiasm, a desire for excellence and a selfless dedication to providing a better set of opportunities for the next generation. Mark carries these qualities of commitment and passion to all his work.
Mark holds an engineering degree cum laude from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.