Edward S. Marek founded MAREK in August 1987 and has served as its president since that time. He launched the internet stations "Your dot com for Africa" in August 1996, "Talking Proud, USA - Service & Sacrifice" in March 2003, "Wisconsin Central" in September 2005, and “Line of Departure” blog in January 2012.
“Talking Proud” and “Wisconsin Central” were taken off the internet in early 2019 due to a catastrophic software failure. As a result, Mr. Marek has founded this website, “My Wisconsin Eyes.”
Mr. Marek brings 17 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience in high technology, business management, and international political analysis. Mr. Marek has since closed the Africa website to concentrate on the other three internet stations.
Before converting his company’s focus in 1996 to information services, Mr. Marek’s company worked within the American and European defense industries, assisting several of the world's largest high technology businesses in developing new business and technology applications. He helped them convert their advanced and emerging defense technologies to commercial applications, identifying and evaluating the international potential of products and services and designing global competitiveness initiatives.
Before this, Mr. Marek was a senior systems analyst at Betac Corporation, a systems engineering, software development, and systems integration firm.
Mr. Marek concluded a distinguished 20-year career with the United States Air Force in 1987, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his military career, he served in various challenging command, operational and staff positions in the communications, intelligence, and force planning fields. His roles included commanding and operating the Air Force’s tactical intelligence and communications hubs in Europe and on the Korean peninsula, serving aboard tactical intelligence reconnaissance flights over Southeast Asia during the Indochina War, and managing and deploying the ground systems components of an advanced strategic space system. Has held TS/SCI security clearances.
Mr. Marek holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Buffalo and completed all coursework for a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the USAF's Air War College.