Joining the team as an external consultant and member of the Investment Committee in 2022, Mark focuses on market strategy and economic analysis. He particularly enjoys deeply examining the factors that influence both market and asset-level returns, with the goal of better informing future investment decisions through the lens of how economic conditions interact with financial market behaviors.
Mark is a Professor of Finance at the College of Charleston, where his primary teaching roles include corporate finance, investments, and financial modeling at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also serves as the Director of the School of Business Investment Program. During his time at the College, Pyles has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of a textbook titled Applied Corporate Finance, with the second edition currently in print.
Mark obtained a B.B.A in Finance from Eastern Kentucky University, a M.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Kentucky, completing the latter in 2005. He has been a roster faculty member at the College of Charleston since Fall 2005. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation, along with the Certificate in Performance Measurement (CIPM®) and the Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute.