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Alumni Spotlight

The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”.  With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.

Mark Andrew Hamer

Professional Experience & Honors:

Mark Andrew Hamer is a filmmaker and creative producer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, he is the Vice President and Creative Director at Garage Creative Studios. In addition, Mark serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation.

His work, from 30 second commercials to feature films, can be seen worldwide. One of his projects is the documentary G-Funk, starring Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Russell Simmons. It is a documentary about hip hop music coming from the west coast in the early 90s. Another project is the narrative horror/thriller feature entitled, I See You, starring Helen Hunt.

For his productions, Mark has traveled to many parts of the world, including Brazil, Finland, England, Estonia, Germany, and Netherlands. He has been nominated four times for an Emmy as a writer, director, and editor and won an Emmy for his feature documentary on the history of healthcare in Cleveland.

Between film projects, Mark is still writing.  His book Growing Up Irish is a nonfiction about his journeys to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame football games. He uses the Fighting Irish as a backdrop to remind us all about what really matters in life: family and the bonds we form.

Recently, Cleveland Crain’s Business honored Mark as a Forty Under 40 award winner, the American Advertising Federation recognized him as a Four Under 40 award winner, and he was named Cleveland’s Best Director by Cleveland Scene magazine.

Education:

After graduating from Mooney in 2000, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Ohio University. Later, he graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Mooney Reflection: 

When he looks back at his time at Mooney, Mark notes that the most important things that come to mind are the feeling of being a part of something special…a true belonging.

CMHS challenged Mark to do his best each day both in and out of the classroom. He recalls the high expectations that were set for scholarship and discipline. He often thinks about the long hours of practice on the football field, learning what it takes to be successful and learning the value of putting in the time to “get it right.” He remembers the teachers and faculty excepting nothing less than your personal best in the classroom. Mark appreciates that immensely because, to this day, he employs those ideals of hard work and never settling. He attributes this to his time at Cardinal Mooney.

Personal Life:

Mark lives in Hudson, Ohio with his wife and two daughters. His oldest daughter, Avery (9), will be going into 4th grade and his youngest, Evelyn (6), will be going into 1st.

Giving back is important to Mark. He makes time to support / mentor the next generation of creative minds. He teaches a multidisciplinary media workshop at Tri-C and he sits on the advisory committee for the West Shore Career-Technical District, helping students develop their passion for media arts.

“As I travel around to other parts of the world and experience different cultures and how people interact, I find it comforting that we all have more in common than we may think. The basic human principles of being empathetic and being a good person translates everywhere and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to cultivate those principles at Mooney.”