When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it changed the life of Dr. Mark McKenna dramatically. The New Orleans native and Tulane Medical School graduate had built a very successful real estate company, McKenna Venture Investments, that included Universal Mortgage Lending as well as Uptown Title. He also practiced medicine with his father. After Hurricane Katrina, his properties were in shambles and his patients were gone. Undaunted, Dr. Mark McKenna spent two years building affordable housing for low and middle income New Orleans residents trying to keep their families and their lives together and worked to help New Orleans rise out of the flood waters.
Dr. McKenna decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. The Entrepreneurs Organization member started ShapeMed, a medical aesthetics company, and began to build a new life with Gianine, his wife, their daughter Milana Elle and Ryder, their Pomeranian. No matter how hectic his schedule gets, Dr. Mark McKenna always makes sure he shares the evening meal with them. He also makes time to meditate, read and practice martial arts as a way to maintain balance in his life. McKenna considers himself fortunate and counts his blessings even after all he has lost and been forced to endure.
In November 2014, Life Time Fitness bought ShapeMed and Dr. Mark McKenna served as the company’s national medical director until July 2016. Dr. McKenna then founded OVME, a company that specializes in medical aesthetics and is using technology to take elective healthcare in an entirely new direction. Although he has moved to Atlanta and is enjoying success, Dr. McKenna can never forget New Orleans. He was an important part of the cultural fabric of the city. Not only did he provide medical care and real estate development, he also worked with the city’s annual jazz festival and its industrial development board.
These days Dr. Mark McKenna makes a point to remind himself to slow down and enjoy each day. ‘Speed without direction is useless’ is now one of his favorite sayings. He also draws inspiration from the work of Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg and Elon Musk.