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“Pay It Forward” is a way for Success 101 for Teens to raise money and help youth and cancer patients who don’t have the means to help themselves.

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Author Mark HansenMark Hansen relates to teen's struggles in adolescence because he himself struggled through tough events in his own life. As a child, Mark was hit by a car while riding his bike. This put him in a coma for the next eight years, paralyzed him on the left side of his body, and caused seizures for the next nine years. Mark had to learn how to walk and talk again. His mother was told by a psychologist that he would never be college material. He was also told by a doctor that he would never be able to drive a car. Mark was on medication for nine years and was always teased by his peers. Mark now is not only a successful businessman in real estate, but he is a former elected official who served two terms on the Palm Beach County School Board, the 11th largest school district in the country. He has also authored two previous books, An Ark for Learning and Success 101 for Teens: 7 Traits for a Winning Life. Mark is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in communications

Mark Hansen has an extensive entrepreneurial background with his first speech given back in 1991 to a group of middle school students. Since then, he has given over 1,500 seminars, and appeared on radio and television programs. In addition, Mark has been a real estate professional for the last 16 years and ranks consistently in the top 3 percent nationally.

Mark has received numerous awards which include the Nido Qubein Scholarship Award from the National Speakers Association and the Dorothy Finkelhor Award from the Florida Speakers Association. He was inducted into the National Society for Collegiate Scholars at Florida Atlantic University, and Mark won the Excellence in Education award from Northwood University. In 2012, he received the Martin Luther King Leadership Award from Palm Beach State College.

Mark is an enthusiastic crusader of what's possible and is driven to make the world a better place. Mark's accomplishments are an example to teens of what you can accomplish even when others tell you that you can't. Mark lives in Parkland, FL with his wife Jane..


Author Kevin S. FerberKevin S. Ferber is a Senior Solution Director for Managed Services with Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for identifying and deploying the best business practices used across the enterprise, with a focus on delivering measurable value to Oracle clients..

Before joining Oracle, he spent more than seven years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), consulting with Fortune 1000 companies within IT, business operations, and data management.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Miami, a master's of business administration degree from Nova University, a master's degree in marketing/sales from Nova Southeastern University and has completed his doctorate coursework in finance with Nova Southeastern University. Over the last 20 years, he has shared his knowledge and expertise by lecturing around the world for colleges and universities including, but not limited to: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Dowling College, Nova Southeastern, American Continental University: in technology, economics, finance, marketing and general business courses. He is a frequent speaker for many organizations on technology trends, business strategy and transformation in the southeast

Kevin has devoted over 30,000 hours to study, research, lecture and writing on education, values and character traits for youth. He co-founded An Ark for Learning, a non-profit foundation set up to focus on character education and development for youth, as well as the Pay it Forward Program for Education and Cancer Research. Kevin lives in Parkland, Florida, with his wife Pamela and their two children Kelly Sarah and Kenneth Sean.