Mark Gwyne

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Mark Gwyne was born in McMinnville, Tennessee.  While I don’t know the month from what I’ve been able to find out, the year was 1963.  He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University earning a bachelor’s degree.  He continued his education attending he Tennessee State University earning a master’s degree.

He started his career with the McMinnville Police Department in 1985. In 1988, he joined the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) as a Special Agent.  He worked his way through the ranks being promoted to Executive Officer in 1996.  By 2001, he was the Assistant Director in charge of the Forensic Services. He attended the 33rd session of the FBI’s national Executive Institute.  He retired in 2018.

What you may not know about Mark is that he was the eighth director in the agency’s history and the first African American to serve in that capacity.

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Comments (19)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and here's Mark\

Gwynne Named President of UNC Health Alliance and UNC Senior ...

he's usually photographed with his wife....

May 19, 2020 03:28 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Hi Barbara Todaro - This is a different Mark - The last name is spelled Gwyn. Here is the link:-

May 19, 2020 08:21 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Between you and Barbara Todaro I learn a lot each day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us 

May 19, 2020 04:35 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He certainly had the dedication to being a law enforcer.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 19, 2020 04:41 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He served the public in a very honorable way. Stay safe out there.

May 19, 2020 05:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a good day and an outstanding week.

May 19, 2020 05:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some people possess the shear determination to continue their growth and the rewards it brings! Enjoy your day!

May 19, 2020 05:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Gwyn began his career as a patrolman with the McMinnville police department in 1985. Three years later he joined the TBI as a Special Agent.[1] Gwyn spent eight years investigating some of the state’s most high-profile crimes before being promoted to Executive Officer in 1996. In 2001, Gwyn became Assistant Director of TBI in charge of the Forensic Services Division, in which position he supervised the state's three crime labs; he became its director in 2004.[1] In August 2004, after his appointment as TBI Director, Gwyn became an active member of the Governor’s Meth Task Force, which helped craft legislation to combat the illegal production and use of methamphetamine.[citation needed] The state's Fusion Center was constructed within TBI Headquarters under his watch housing Homeland Security among other programs such as AMBER Alert and Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry.[citation needed] In 2006, Gwyn's opposition helped prevent the enactment of proposed legislation that would have legalized the production of gambling devices in Tennessee.[2]

Gwyn has attended the 33rd session of the FBI's National Executive Institute, the John F. Kennedy School of Government from Harvard University, the FBI's Leadership in Counterterrorism program, the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, the TBI Criminal Investigation Academy, and the FBI National Academy, and received terrorism training in Israel from the Israeli National Police.[1]

Gwyn serves on the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the board of the University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy, and local boards of directors for the Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank. In 2006, Middle Tennessee State University recognized Gwyn as the Distinguished African-American Alumni of the year and in 2010 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for professional achievement.[1]

In 2018, Gwyn retired less than 2 years into his third term.

May 19, 2020 05:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Barbara Todaro posted a photograph of another person with the same name.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn
  • TBI Director Mark Gwyn


May 19, 2020 05:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... no doubt Gryn was a highly accomplished man and deserving of both recognition and respect.

May 19, 2020 05:58 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - He certainly served his country with great distinction.

May 19, 2020 06:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - interesting he "retired in 2018".  I imagine more could be said. . . .  

May 19, 2020 06:29 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

1963 was a great year!  That was the year I was born.  Thank you for spotlighting a deserving person.  He has led a distinguished life.

May 19, 2020 07:37 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Haha, I am glad that Roy Kelley posted the picture since the picture that Barbara Todaro showed a white man, not an African American.  This is the area my Dad grew up in, so I wonder if he has heard of this man.

May 19, 2020 07:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love that your post had so much commentary as well as the confusion over his picture...Thanks to Roy Kelley it was corrected.  Happy Tuesday!  A

May 19, 2020 08:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Thanks for an interesting read and the additional information people shared in the comments!


May 19, 2020 08:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- a gentleman who has lead an exemplary life!!!!

May 19, 2020 12:22 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I appreciate everyone involved in law enforcement James Dray , especially those in the trenches. 

May 19, 2020 06:53 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another story of an interesting and accomplished gentleman.  I always enjoy learning of the "firsts".

May 19, 2020 06:55 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is an impressive resume and a great career...

Happy Tuesday James Dray 

May 19, 2020 07:13 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Mark Gwyn had a long and interested career in law enforcement. He was also a ground-breaker as the first African American to hold the leadership of the TBI.

Jun 14, 2020 01:10 PM

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