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Houston District Office Leadership Biographies

Houston District Office Leadership Biographies

Acting District Director

Mark Winchester is the Acting District Director for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Mr. Winchester is currently serving a dual role of Acting District Director and Deputy District Director.

Before joining SBA, Mr. Winchester worked for the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) for nearly eight years. During that time period Mr. Winchester worked for the Women’s Business Center (WBC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and the Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Mr. Winchester is also a three time recipient of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) District Office Counselor of the Year Award and a two time recipient of both the SBDC State Star Award and Congressional Letter of Recognition.

While at UTPA, Mr. Winchester held various positions including SBDC Certified Business Advisor (CBA) Level IV Counselor, Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant SBDC Director. In addition, Mr. Winchester served as VBOC Director and Director of the Rio South Texas Regional PTAC.

Prior to UTPA, Mr. Winchester was a VISTA volunteer for a local non-profit in the area of housing and economic development. Mr. Winchester has also worked for several insurance companies and was exposed to complex litigation, risk management, and underwriting. Mr. Winchester has also worked for the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office as well as U.S. Navy Submarine Force.

Mr. Winchester holds an AS, BBS, and MBA from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. His expertise is in Finance and Information Technology.