In 1988, Mark Solomon joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and spent a great number of years serving in defense of the United States.
Mark was a small business owner in 1993. Before people knew anything about the Internet, he ran a computer BBS with multiple phone lines and facilitated communication through message systems. After the Internet explosion in the mid-1990’s, he was involved in Web Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, online purchasing systems, Internet service delivery, Internet server maintenance, unix system administration, database development, and many, many client consultations on all these issues.
From 1999 to 2007, he ran a website for tracking laws on concealed carry law in the United States for legally obtaining one’s concealed firearm permit and remaining within the bounds of law when traveling between states while armed. Mark coordinated a volunteer system of over 30 U.S. state administrators updating state laws, tracking legislative bills, and answering users’ questions. That site generated hundreds of thousands of hits per day.
From 1995 to 2006, Mark was an information technology manager for a non-profit organization based at a university which had an annual budget exceeding $1 million. He assisted commercial, government, and non-profit organizations with job creation and retention, and enhanced competitiveness in relation to other states. He not only maintained the servers through which he offered their internet services, but he also consulted with clients on their information technology needs, and then built their needed systems through programming and internet software development. He worked with several other developers, each specializing in a particular field of development to accomplish the clients’ needs. Mark was a certified Oracle Database Administrator. Mark worked extensively with MySQL, Linux, SunOS (Solaris), web servers, NFS servers, RAID systems, all sorts of Internet services, payments systems, java, PHP, and perl.