Mark Costa

Chief Executive Officer

Mark graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior and is also a graduate of Murdoch’s International Cotton School in Memphis, Tennessee. Being the son of a cotton grower, he wanted to use his schooling in the industry he was already familiar with, and so he joined the sales department of Calcot, Ltd. in 1976. Success came quickly and after a short time he assumed the role of assistant export sales manager, a position he held until his departure in1983. It was then that he accepted the position of Vice President with another Bakersfield cotton merchandising firm where he ultimately assumed responsibility for all U.S. domestic sales. Continuing his upward climb, he later served as president of the same firm until his departure in 2002. Since February of that year, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of White Gold Association Inc., now White Gold Cotton Marketing LLC, where his duties include oversight of all cotton trading and merchandising functions. His outside activities keep him in touch with the industry where Mr. Costa has served as a member of the board of directors for the Western Cotton Shippers Association from 1988 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2002. He also served as President of the Bakersfield Transportation Club from 1991 to 1992.