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behind the counter | 2012 69 Mark Cothran M ark Cothran is not what one might Perhaps it’s these loftier pursuits that have allowed expect from a native Greenvillian who Mark to stay light on his feet and cast his line in made it big in real estate. It’s true he’s a variety of directions as the market has shifted. been in on the ground floor of some When the economic downturn threatened the of Greenville’s most recognizable office spaces health of the commercial development market, and suburban outposts – he spent his college Mark gathered investors to purchase attractively breaks working construction at Sugar Creek and priced residential properties in areas he believed 864.250.0828 developed Simpsonville’s Riverwalk neighborhood would be desirable when the demand inevitably in partnership with his uncle, John Cothran. returned. Those investments are now paying off with healthy sales in neighborhoods like The Real Estate Entrepreneur But when Mark isn’t wheeling and dealing, you’re likely to find him in the lotus position reading a Reserve at Plantation Greene, The Cove at Butler book on Eastern philosophy, or tying flies for his Springs and The Townes at Brookwood. next fishing trip. Photograph by: Darrell Snow