Good Day Everyone!
My name is Mark Carman and I am the owner of Golf Quest International.
I was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota.
I was the oldest son of a brakeman on the Soo Line Railroad and a stay at home mom with 5 kids. Since dad was gone most of the time, us kids raised ourselves via Sports and Boy Scouts. I remember spending my free time exploring the Missouri Valley River bottoms, Hiking and Camping out with friends
I also loved Boy Scouts and achieved my Life badge and Order of the Arrow. I always was a leader and felt for the under privileged kids in scouts. Always felt a need to help them succeed and be a true role model for them.
Eventually, my folks moved to Wisconsin for my Dad to get better work on the Rail Road and I went to college at North Dakota State University-Fargo ND. I met a beautiful girl , Elizabeth Ann Hubbard, and we got married young.
During that time I had to quit and restart college several times because of funds but eventually graduated with a Business-Psychology-History Degree and some computer science thrown in from North Dakota State University.
After graduating, I picked up the game of golf while looking for work and good fortune happened when I met my to be boss at Edgewood Golf Course.
We instantly connected and I started work at “Children’s Village Family Services “ head of the Consumer Credit Counseling division. The one hitch was I needed to write a grant to pay for the job. I did it though. It was a great job with us helping people and also businesses. I did financial counseling but also fund-raising to pay for the program. Eventually I became Vice President ” Of the Village” .
” The Village” was a great organization and we helped thousands of people with family issues such as Money Management, Employee Assistance Programs, Family Counseling, Adoptions, Volunteer Programs like Big Brother Big Sister, and In-Home Family therapy programs. Since my degrees were in Business and Psychology I focused on the business-fundraising part of the business. I loved golf and of course used golf events as a fund raising-networking vehicle to help meet our clients needs base on their ability to pay.
During this time of developing a wonderful life , my wife Annie, passed away with a brain tumor after seven years of marriage. That really tested me spiritually and financially. I turned our house into a rental unit and moved into a small efficiency apartment. For five years I dated periodically and just never found anyone like Ann.
But a “gift from God” came to me in the form of my next to be wife, Faye. She was a nurse like Ann and we fell in love and 25 years later we are in love now more then ever. We also have been blessed with two lovely daughters.
While at the Village we opened 17 new offices in ND and Minn. During this time we would have town hall meetings and golf events to help raise funds for the needed services. I would manage these golf events but also had a consulting company that helped other non-profits start their golf events. Also I was the Chairman of the North Dakota State Open Golf tournament for many years.
After 23 years, I was ready to go out into the private sector and try my wings on in that sector. Well, what a learning experience it was and is. While in the non-profit arena we were taught ethics, trustworthiness, help others, and live the “golden rule”. I have many stories and experiences that hopefully will help others with “reality” and how to make it in this world . Along the way, I am learning even at my ripe age of life how to survive and keep your values in tact.
Golf has been a passion of mine throughout my life. In fact, I got two of my jobs on the golf course. After leaving “the Village” I went into business in the Electric Low Speed Vehicle Business. My Brother in Law and I started Global Electric Motorcars.
The Vehicles are below.
It was very successful and we sold it to Chrysler in 2001. I worked for them for a couple of years until their project was done. After that I was a consultant for several “Electric Vehicle ” organizations including: EZ- Go, Club Car, ETEC, Horner Group, E-Ride, Global Electric Motor Cars, APS, Luke Air Force Base, SRP, Clean Cities Group, Southwest Air Lines, US Airways, Del Webb and many more. I also started a Low Speed Vehicle Sales and Service Company called the Carman Group.
The business was doing very well but then the Economy Crashed and we had to close the business. You need lot’s of capital to run even a small golf cart business.