General James "Spider" Marks

Strategic Advisor

General James “Spider” Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general.  Since retiring from the military, where he attained the rank of Major General, General Marks has continued his engagement in national security as an on-air military and intelligence contributor to CNN and as a sought-after keynote speaker and author addressing our dynamic geo-political environment.

In addition to his role as Strategic Advisor for FMG Leading, General Marks is the President of the Marks Collaborative, an advisory firm dedicated to the development and transformation of corporate leaders, teams, and organizations. In this role, he has been a consultant in primary research, energy, and national security. He is also an accomplished author, having contributed to and edited a book on leadership in international relations, along with several articles in military publications.

General Marks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science degree in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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EXPERIENCE

General James “Spider” Marks is a Strategic Advisor for FMG Leading, a team of advisors that create world-class organizations by aligning business strategy with human capital performance. His career began in the military, where he spent over 30 years in the United States Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general. He was the senior intelligence officer for Joint Task Force Los Angeles during the LA Riots and served as a strategist on the personal staff of the Chief of Staff of the Army. General Marks has also served as the senior intelligence officer in the Balkans and Korea, and he was the senior intelligence officer in combat for the Coalition Land Forces liberation of Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. He culminated his career as the Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Since retiring from the military, where he attained the rank of Major General, General Marks has continued his engagement in national security as an on-air military and intelligence contributor to CNN and as a keynote speaker and author addressing our dynamic geo-political environment. In addition to his ongoing corporate leadership development enterprise which focuses on the strategic transformation of executives and their organizations, Marks has led many business ventures to include entrepreneurial efforts in education, IT, energy, and primary research. He served as the President and CEO of Global Linguist Solutions, a private company that provided linguistics services to the U.S. military in Iraq and was the largest employer of native Iraqis. He was the Executive Dean, University of Phoenix, and served as the principal military advisor to its President. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and sits on several boards, including Academy Securities, Sparta Science, and the Activision Blizzard Call of Duty Endowment.

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE AREAS

General Marks is the President of the Marks Collaborative, an advisory firm dedicated to the development and transformation of corporate leaders, teams, and organizations. In this role, he has been a consultant in primary research, energy, and national security. He was also the co-founder of Willowdale Services, LLC, a boutique private advisory firm based in northern Virginia.

PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS

General Marks is an accomplished author, having contributed to and edited a book on leadership in international relations, along with several articles in military publications. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, and multiple combat, expeditionary, and service ribbons. He is a Master parachutist authorized to wear Canadian and Korean Airborne wings, Air Assault qualified, and is an Honor Graduate of the US Army’s Ranger School. General Marks is also a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

General Marks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Additionally, he received a Master of Science degree in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

PERSONAL

Spider and his wife, Marty, have three daughters and four grandchildren.

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