Mark Jordan
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Principal Technical Training Consultant

A self-avowed technophile, MARK JORDAN grew up in northeast Brazil as the son of Baptist missionaries. He served 20 years as a US Navy submariner, pursuing his passion for programming as a hobby. Upon retiring from the Navy, he turned his hobby into a dream job, working as a SAS programmer for nine years in manufacturing and financial services before joining SAS Institute in 2003. Mark teaches a broad spectrum of SAS Foundation programming classes, has authored and coauthored several SAS training courses, and his first book, “Mastering the SAS® DS2 Procedure: Advanced Data Wrangling Techniques”, will be released in May of 2016. When he isn’t teaching SAS programming, Mark sporadically posts “Jedi SAS Tricks” here on the SAS Learning Post, enjoys playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, hanging out at the beach and reading science fiction novels. His secret obsession is flying toys – kites, rockets, drones – though he tries (unsuccessfully) to convince his wife that they are for the grandkids. Mark currently lives in Toano, VA with his wife, Lori, and their cat, the amazing Tiger Man. You can follow him on Twitter @SASJedi

Recent Posts

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Jedi in Paradise - SAS Global Forum 2014

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