Mark Schell at Southfield office
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Mark Schell at Southfield office
Mark Schell
Full Position
VP, Organizational Effectiveness
Mark joined the team in 2012 and consults senior management on organizational effectiveness matters including strategic planning, organizational design and development, performance optimization, and leadership coaching. Mark has 25 years of experience in Human Resources at companies such as Adecco, EDS and Entertainment, including 10+ years in a senior HR leadership role. Prior to joining Merkle, Mark served as VP of Human Resources at Entertainment and led a team that supported employees throughout North America. Mark has a BS in Education from Wayne State University and an MS in Administration with Human Resources concentration from Central Michigan University.

If your career path hadn't led you to HR, what other field might you have chosen?
I graduated from WSU in Secondary Social Studies with the intent to become a high school history teacher. But of course I'd also be the high school football coach because that's fun too.

What was the first concert you went to?
If I wanted to sound cool, I'd go with the 1985 Kool & The Gang concert at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. If I want to be honest, actually the very first concert I went to was Tanya Tucker. Also at the fairgrounds. With my parents. (None of this is as cool as I hoped it would sound.) Delta Dawn, baby!

As an HR pro, what's your favorite interview question to ask?
I like to ask, "What gets your head off the pillow each morning?" The candidate's answer provides insight into what motivates them and gives me a better understanding of intrinsic value they're seeking in an employment opportunity.

Any hidden talents?
Back in the '90s, I was a DJ at a nightclub. Well, maybe nightclub is overstating it a bit. The place was called The Dugout at the Liberty Park Softball Complex in Sterling Heights. I was the one responsible for mixing Egyptian Lover with When I Hear Music It Makes Me Dance. I calculated the beats per minute with a stopwatch and mixed them up. If you've heard this remix, now you'll know it was me who originated it..

Mark Schell Family
Key Fact

Bagels or donuts?
[long pause] Ummmm, donut.
But I was really conflicted.

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