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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Mark Jordan of Dunwoody, children's book author

DeKalb Neighbor, People, 11/15/06, by Talia Mollett

CEO s stories guide moral compass

From the story:
By day, Dunwoody resident Mark Jordan helps buy and sell companies.

The chief executive officer of Vercor, a merger and acquisitions firm with 10 offices nationally, Jordan spends his mornings interacting with clients and managing the other offices.

But after the sun goes down, Jordan practices his other love-writing.
His first published children's book, "Courage the Monkey," was printed this year. The story focuses on how children encounter fears in their life, Jordan said.

The story's main character, Jonathan, is an 11-year-old spider monkey. In the story, Jonathan is confronted with a challenge and his younger brother, David, encourages Jonathan to face his fears. Jonathan succeeds and becomes the town hero.

The book also teaches children how to be courageous at appropriate times in their lives and imparts the importance of investing in help from others when they struggle with obstacles, according to Jordan.

The story was among his daughters' favorites.
In addition to writing, Jordan enjoys taking walks with his wife of 18 years, Michelle, playing racquetball, snow and water skiing and traveling. He is also the contributing editor to a bi-monthly business magazine, "The Business Owner," and writes for the monthly publication, "The M & A Front."

Jordan said that writing a children's book has brought great meaning to his life. He hopes to release another children's book next year.


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