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Mark Nestlen

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Bar None Consulting, a firm dedicated to the promotion and marketing of individuals and entities associated with professional sports, Mark C. Nestlen brings a decade of experience and expertise to the marketing of sports and its athletes.

In September 1997, Mark and his wife Cathy founded Cowboy Sports Agents (CSA).  As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma corporation, Mark was responsible for the overall management of the $1.7 million a year corporation.  CSA was established with a commitment to the advancement and promotion of the sport of bull riding/rodeo and its athletes. Through professional representation of cowboy-athletes, under Mark’s leadership CSA ensured the continued competitive success of the sport and establishes an opportunity for equal compensation and recognition of rodeo athletes with other professional sports figures.  Additionally, Mark was responsible for bringing a higher level of business sense to the sport by directing the proper image use of his clients and encouraging advanced financial management for the cowboy-athletes.

Through CSA, Mark was directly responsible for soliciting more than $10 million in new sponsorship money for cowboy-athletes and rodeo/bull riding events.  He also brought a new level of public recognition to the sport by securing features of CSA athletes in major mainstream publications like Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Rolling Stone magazine.

To complement CSA, Mark and Cathy founded a second Oklahoma-based corporation – OKC Gear – to handle the merchandise sales of the cowboy athletes-represented by CSA. 
In September 2007, Mark sold CSA and OKC Gear to Express Sports Agency and launched his third company, Bar None Consulting.

Prior to 1997, Mark worked in Washington D.C., focusing on national agricultural public policy.  In February of 1993 he joined the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) as Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and became Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs in December 1994.  In his position he represented Commissioners, Secretaries and Directors of state agriculture departments on Capitol Hill and within the Executive and Judicial Branches on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues.  Mark was successful in promoting the policy of the states in several areas, particularly in the Conservation Title of the 1995 Farm Bill, pesticide regulation and clean water legislation passed in the late 1990's, and in the reform of national meat and poultry inspection regulations.  He was also directly responsible for developing the opportunity for farmers and ranchers to meet various national and state environmental laws and regulations thrugh voluntary management programs.

Prior to joining NASDA, Mark was the Director of Congressional Relations for the American Soybean Association where he was responsible for the passage of legislation creating a marketing loan and nationwide promotion checkoff for soybeans.  He also created an innovative nationwide grassroots legislative action program.  Mark also served as a Legislative Representative for the National Grange where he passed the Poultry Producers Financial Protection Act of 1987 and helped craft tax policy beneficial to farmers and ranchers.  Mark's career in Washington began when he did research on the 1985 Farm Bill for Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR).  In 1992, he also served as the Deputy Director of Opposition Research for the Bush-Quayle '92 presidential campaign.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and an Associate of Science in Animal Technology from Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.  During his tenure at Linn-Benton, he served as a student council member, as the student representative to the Linn-Benton Board of Education, on the state board of community college student presidents, and as the Community College representative to the Oregon State Board of Education.  At both OSU and Linn-Benton, Mark also competed on the livestock judging teams of both schools, as he did while in high school in Canby, Oregon as a part of his participation in the Future Farmers of America program where he received the highest state degree available and then later during his professional career was awarded the Honorary American Farmer Degree from the National FFA Organization.  In addition, he received an auctioneering degree from the Reisch World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa.

Raised on a diversified livestock ranch in Oregon, Mark moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1985.  While living in Alexandria, Virginia, Mark served two terms as President of his homeowners association.  He moved to Oklahoma in 1998 where he now lives in Yukon with his wife, the former Catherine Gale Stecklein.

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