Mark Zydanowicz lives with his wife and three children in West Hartford. All three children currently attend West Hartford elementary school. Mark and his wife Nella have lived in West Hartford since 1998. Mr. Zydanowicz has served as a commissioner on the West Hartford’s Zoning Board of Appeals and has also coached in the Minor Division of the West Harford Girls Basket Ball League.
Professionally, Mark was an owner and third generation family member of Guida’s Dairy, employing 260; it was one of the largest independent dairies in New England which was founded by his grandfather in 1947. However, recently the family sold the business, though Mark continues to work in a management role with the new ownership. Zydanowicz business experience provides him with the acumen vital to understanding the importance of solid leadership and accountability to staff and clients; characteristics he considers critical in any role.
Mark also served as a financial underwriter for United Health Care where he was responsible for achievement of operating income, membership, SG&A expense and medical care ratio objectives for new business for the Mid-Atlantic and Florida Health plans.
Joining in 1991 as a private, Zydanowicz has over 20 years in the Connecticut Army National Guard. Currently he serves as the Battalion S3, a primary staff officer in a Multi-Functional Engineer Battalion whose major responsibilities are training, schooling and operational planning for 7 separate units comprising of over 500 soldiers. Major Zydanowicz constantly seeks to help others. He has completed a number of humanitarian missions: helping build schools, hospitals and roads in the Dominican Republic and providing engineering support for projects on the U.S.-Mexico border. Following a tour of duty in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge in 2007. He headed the Baghdad Joint Planning Commission, overseeing reconstruction projects in the city and coordinating a $2.2-billion annual budget for construction-related work in the city of 5 million inhabitants. Zydanowicz worked with leaders from the local communities as well as the American and Iraqi governments to lay the foundation for restoring essential services to Baghdad and helping the Iraqi people rebuild their country.
Mark received a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from CCSU. He has also attended several post college military schools which branch him as a Military Engineer