Mark Ricks retired as Director of Global Protective Operations at Mars, Inc. in 2017 after a proven thirty-year career in corporate security and protective operations programs. During his time, he instituted corporate and security policies, workplace violence programs, protective operations programs, and traveled the world extensively. A Virginia native, he currently resides outside of Washington, D.C., in Bluemont, where he owns Double Wood Farm, an equestrian sanctuary for retired horses. In addition to his generous support of Hostage US, he has provided philanthropic resources to education, arts and numerous charities. He serves as a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees, where he graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.