The key to success is a balancing act between innovation, working hard and taking the time to self-reflect, at least according to Dr. Mark McKenna. The New Orleans native started his ambitious career early, taking on two entirely different fields at once, successfully. After graduating with a medical degree from Tulane University Medical School, he started practicing medicine with his father as well as launching a real estate development firm, McKenna Venture Investments at the same time. Over the years, he would launch and acquire several more real estate firms that offered financing, turnkey design-build, and real estate closing assistance. Unfortunately, in 2005, hurricane Katrina hit, taking many of McKenna’s business interest down with it.
A couple of years later, Dr. Mark McKenna moved to Atlanta, GA and made a return to medicine, founding ShapeMed, a wellness, and aesthetic based medical practice. This successful venture would later be sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. in 2014, where he remained as National Medical Director until 2016. His years here inspired him to then launch OVME, a medical aesthetics company, a technology-focused elective healthcare firm. His expertise in the discipline allowed McKenna to notice areas where he could change the industry, offering a chance to reinvent the field.
This, combined with a full family life with his wife and young daughter and personal hobbies such as JuJitsu keep McKenna consistently busy, but he still takes the time he can to meditate and reflect. This, he believes, keeps him focused. As he remarked, “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.” As an avid believer in the power of visualization, McKenna recommends any up and coming entrepreneur read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”. With his successes, maybe he’s onto something and more