Remembering Leading Authorities' Founder, Mark French


Leading Authorities is sad to announce the passing of our founder, Mark French. Mark started Leading Authorities in 1990 and led the company to become a leader in the speaking, video, and live production industries. Mark was also the publisher of CEO Update, the association sector’s top resource for c-level executives focused on trends, best practices, and careers.

More importantly, Mark was a loving husband to Carol, father to Kathleen, Brian, and Lauren, and grandfather to Kirsten and Preston. A lifelong traveler, skier, and friend to many, Mark became an advocate for stroke awareness and prevention after suffering a stroke in 2015. In the years following, he raised money and supported many organizations in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke in the lives of others. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, a joint enterprise of Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

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Click here to read through our team's reflections on the life and legacy of Mark French. Please join the employees and friends of Leading Authorities as we keep Mark’s family in our thoughts and prayers. 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 14th, at 11:00 am at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Bethesda, MD. Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on May 14th before the service and also from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, May 13th at Pumphrey’s Funeral Home, also in Bethesda, MD.

Mark French, CEO & President of Leading Authorities

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