Who We Are
Our experience includes product development; brand management; crisis management; strategic planning and direction; and financial planning, budgeting, modeling, oversight and guidance. This has shaped our vision – and elevated our point of view, resulting in an informed and measured perspective, which we are eager to share with you.
Managing Director, Ottima Group, LLC
Mark has over 30 years experience in operations; finance; accounting; corporate planning and analysis; strategic investments and acquisitions.
Prior to starting the Ottima Group, Mark started Business Planning International specializing in small business logistics, remote systems applications for business collaborations, creating business plans, project analysis, financial models and solution implementations. Mark also held positions at Rayonier Inc., a multinational forest products company, he served in numerous roles including Director Corporate Planning & Analysis responsible for the planning and analysis of strategic growth and acquisition opportunities in the US and Australia. Assistant Corporate Controller leading financial, accounting and systems function for Forestry, Real Estate and Wood Products Divisions, generating $350 million in sales. Corporate Director of Financial Planning, responsible for forecasting, budgeting & strategic planning functions. Mark also held financial management positions at Ingredient Technology Corporation a food ingredient processor and importer; as well as, Microdot Inc, a manufacturer of industrial, automotive and aerospace sub assemblies.
Mark holds a BA degree in Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut. Mark also serves as the Strategic and Business Planning advisor to the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research.
Raffaela “Marie” Fenn
President, Ottima Group, LLC
Marie is a creative, resourceful and service-oriented leader with a proven track-record of success in integrated marketing and communications programs.
Her experience includes image campaigns, grassroots movements, crisis and issues management, constituency-building initiatives, new product development, consumer and trade media relations, organizational leadership and team-building, Raffaela “Marie” Fenn, brings more than three decades of professional experience to Ottima Group.
Marie most recently served for 12 years as the inaugural President and Managing Director for the National Peanut Board (NPB), a farmer-funded, research and promotion organization. There, she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs at the national and international levels. Prior to NPB, Marie was with Rayonier Inc., a diversified forest and specialty pulp products company, based in Jacksonville, Florida.
Born in Italy, Marie holds an MBA from Jacksonville University and a BA degree in media studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she graduated magna cum laude. An accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Marie is the recipient of dozens of professional awards and has been a life-long volunteer in community and faith-based organizations to help bring comfort and solace to those in need.