Mark has been involved in aquatics for more than 30 years and has a Bachelor degree in Leisure Services from Eckerd College and Masters in Public Administration from USF in Tampa. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida. Since 2004, Mark has been the Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Largo and prior was the Executive Director of the Long Center, a unique public-private nonprofit partnership offering recreation, sports and educational programming and facilities. He has also worked for the cities of St. Petersburg and Sarasota. Abdo has been a Certified Park & Recreation Professional since 1981 and Founder and President of the Florida Aquatics Council, a Florida approved not for profit organization, that has been providing training for aquatic professionals since 2006. Mark is Past-President of the FRPA and the FRPA Foundation. He has presented at FRPA, NRPA, WWA, AOAP, Florida Aquatics Council.