Meet the Co-Founder
Hi my name is Mark. I have 2 amazing kids, a loving girlfriend (Veronica) who has 3 awesome kids of her own. We also have a 1 and 1/2 year old mini Yorkie which makes our family complete. Veronica and I run Sterling Photo Booth and FireBooth full time. Working for ourselves is truly a blessing! It allows us to spend more quality time with our kids and family. Something we could not do in the past with our 9 to 5 jobs.
I started my photo booth journey back in 2009 by helping a good friend with his website for his start-up photo booth company. Back then there were only a handful of photo booth companies in southern California and to be honest I was completely clueless about what he was trying to do. For personal reasons, he had to quit the business. Within that year I was helping him I finally saw the bigger picture. I said, “Wow, with every photo printed it will have my website info and when I post their photos online it will be shared to hundreds of the clients close family and friends!” I saw the potential of the business and how it seamlessly marketed itself. I also had the chance to apply my love for graphic design to the business. So with the help of my friend I ended buying my first photo booth in 2010.
In 1 month I was able to pay off my initial investment of my first booth and buy 3 additional booths within 4 months. At this point I was working 40 hours at my job and putting in at least 30 to 40 additional hours a week for the business. The long work weeks were getting tough after a couple of months. It was at this time I was forced to make a decision to continue working my pharmacy job at Kaiser Permanente which I had for 11 years or go full-time with the new business. This was a scary decision for me because in the past I depended on a bi-weekly paycheck while trying to raise a family. After thinking about it for awhile and weighing out the pros and cons, I ended up putting in my 2 weeks which was the best decision of my life!
My goal here on FireBooth is to help people that want to get started in the business by sharing everything I have learned in the past and offering the latest products in the market today. I thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that we all can learn from one another and succeed together!