Mark Lacker

John W. Altman Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship & Assistant Clinical Lecturer



Academic Background

  • MBA, Xavier University, 1983
  • Bachelor of Science, Miami University, 1979

Academic & Professional Experience

  • John W. Altman Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Clinical Lecturer (2011-present)
  • President and Founder, Sumner Solutions (2000-2014)
  • Markley Visiting Executive Professor, Miami Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (2007-2011)
  • Adjunct Professor, Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship (2004-2007)

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient: Excellence in Career Development Award, Miami University, 2017
  • Recipient: Alumni Association Effective Educator Award, Miami University, 2016
  • Recipient: Richard K. Smucker Award for Outstanding Clinical Faculty, Miami University, 2012
  • Recipient: CELTUA Grant for Major Teaching Project for Individual or Small Groups of Faculty ($3,000), 2012
  • Associated Student Government Outstanding Professor Award Nominee, 2021, 2018, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Alumni Association Effective Educator Award Nominee, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Inducted as Entrepreneurial Fellow, Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship, Miami University, 2003
  • Recipient: Larry Albice Entrepreneurship Champion Award, Hamilton County Business Center, 2020


Mark Lacker

Mark Lacker is the John W. Altman Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship. In that role, he is responsible for the Institute's Startup Entrepreneurship courses, co-curricular programming and internship initiatives.

He has developed or redesigned seven courses and taught a total of twelve different courses in the program. Lacker has been nominated for 15 teaching awards in five categories, receiving the Excellence in Career Development Award in 2017, the Miami University Effective Educator Award in 2016 and the Richard K. Smucker Award for Outstanding Clinical Faculty in 2012. He was selected to give the keynote address at Miami University's December 2016 Commencement.

Lacker has 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and has been involved in three startup organizations. As the founder and president of Sumner Solutions he built a corporate event marketing company that was involved in more than 1500 corporate events.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Miami University and an MBA from Xavier University with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He has served on the advisory board of three startups, as speaker and panelist at numerous events including Techstars FounderCon, and as judge for the Cincinnati Business Courier Innovation Awards.

He currently serves on the Entrepreneur Advisory Committee of the Alloy Growth Lab, a top 10 business incubator, and Advisory Board for the Greater Cincinnati Parkinson Support and Wellness organization.


  • ESP 251 C TR 10:05AM-11:25AM LWS 301
  • ESP 251 D TR 1:15PM-2:35PM LWS 301
  • ESP 481 A TR 11:40AM-1:00PM LWS 301
Mark Lacker

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