A successful entrepreneur and seasoned recruiter, Mark Flynn combines his professional expertise with a lifelong passion for football in his role as COO and Co-Founder of THE PROCESS, INC. Together with his longtime friend and renowned football recruiter Paul Gonnella, Mark launched this innovative venture designed to revolutionize college recruiting by merging their powerful and unique combination of expertise, “know how” and networks. Mark was integral in all facets of starting the Corporation. He pitched the company’s business plan to many VC and angel investors in order to generate all the seed investment funds needed to launch the company. Mark researched and negotiated with many software companies to find the correct partner to develop our state of the art web based platform.
Mark has had much success in creating and developing startup companies from the ground up. He is also the Founder of Flynn Life Sciences Group, an executive search firm that focuses on the Life Sciences Industry. For more than six years, Flynn Life Sciences Group has recruited and placed the foremost clinical trials professionals into pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and clinical research organizations for both permanent and contract positions.
Mark started the company on his own and within three years grew the revenue to three million dollars. Flynn Life Sciences Group now generates over seven million dollars in revenue and employs twelve full time (internal) employees.
Mark developed his entrepreneurial skills as the Director at ClinLab Staffing (2007 to 2009), where he was in charge of business development, staffing, full P&L responsibilities and hiring of all staff. Mark was also the manager of Business Development at Bioforce Solutions (2005 to 2007). During his two years with the company, he started a new region that grossed over two million in revenue. During Mark’s time as a Senior Account Manager at Cambridge Search (2002 to 2005) and a recruiter at Super Systems Inc (1996 to 2002), he was a part of new business development, and also learned the art of agency staffing and recruiting from the ground up.
Mark developed his passion for football at the age of 7 when he started playing Pop Warner football. Mark played varsity high school football at Catholic Memorial and then attended and played football at Bridgton Academy for a post graduate year. Paul and Mark met at Springfield College where they were teammates on the football team. He now resides in Natick, MA with his wife, Jill, and his twin sons.
All the experiences our Former CEO & Co-Founder has had in the past is a direct reflection on how THE PROCESS was designed and created. His passion for helping kids, playing and coaching football was born as a youngster. Coach Gonnella was the youngest of 5 boys who all excelled at most sports. Paul had a very successful high school career in both basketball and football, being named to the Wakefield High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Paul then went on to form an impressive resume as a college player, coach and recruiting coordinator at the high school and collegiate level.
Throughout Paul’s career at the collegiate level he worked under head coaches, Nick Saban, Butch Davis, Lane Kiffin, Jackie Sherrill, Sylvester Croom, Randy Shannon, Larry Porter, Danny Hope and Willie Taggart. Paul also worked with national recruiters of the year, Jeremy Pruitt, Larry Porter, Mike Groh, Lance Thompson, Frank Wilson, Ed Orgeron, John Blake, and Clint Hurt as well as other top recruiters such as, Jeff Stoutland, Tommy Robinson, Wesley McGriff, Eddie Gran, Monty Kiffin, Jim Chaney, Burton Burns, Chris Rumph, Brick Haley, Stan Drayton, Raymond Woodie, Ron Cooper, David Reaves, Mike Barrow, Joe Pannunzio and a slew of others. This pedigree is second to none in terms of working side by side with so many highly regarded top national recruiters.
Most recently in 2013 and 2014, Paul guided the University of South Florida recruiting efforts in which they landed consecutive conference recruiting titles in both the AAC and Big East. USF hauled in over 30, 3 and 4 star commits in that span. The 2013 class was the 2nd highest ranked class in the history of the university. The impressive part of the job Paul and the USF staff did in recruiting is that during the 2 seasons the team only won 2 and 4 games respectively. Paul received national attention once again from CBS, recruiting guru Tom Lemming. "They've got a great director of operations there in (Gonnella), who I think just does a tremendous job," Lemming said. "Actually his last year at Alabama before he got to USF (the Tide's class) was No. 1 in the country. ... I think USF is doing a heck of a job and they're bringing in a lot of talent."
Paul reached the pinnacle of his career when he was named Director of Player Personnel at the University of Alabama in 2012-2013. In the same season, the Crimson Tide won a national championship (#15) on the field as well as winning the overall recruiting national championship by all major media recruiting services. Paul was awarded with the prestigious “Lemmy Award” by Tom Lemming and CBS Sports as the top personnel director in all of college football. Working for Nick Saban and alongside top national recruiters like Kirby Smart, Jeff Stoutland, Mike Groh, Lance Thompson, Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Rumph, Doug Nussmeier, Burton Burns and Bobby Williams, Paul learned and refined his recruiting prowess as an evaluator, recruiter and organizer. Coach Saban says this “It was evident to me when Paul was at Alabama that he had the ability to evaluate which is a big part of the recruiting process. When you add the evaluation skill to his passion, energy, knowledge, and know how in the world of college recruiting, that is what separates him from most. He has a strong desire to help kids which is a great quality”.
In 2011, Paul guided Purdue University recruiting to their 2nd best ranking in school history under head coach Danny Hope. A top 40 class for a team that was coming off 3 straight losing seasons on the field was impressive to say the least. The 2012 class was comprised of 26 prospects in which 24 were 3 or 4 stars. The class was comprised of student athletes from 16 different states. The class landed in the top 5 recruiting class in the Big Ten beating out national contenders Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
Paul worked for a short stint at the University of Memphis under head coach Larry Porter in 2010-2011. The class of 2011, Paul guided the Tigers to an impressive 29 signees with 17 of them being 3 stars. The meat of the class assisted new head coach Justin Fuente turn the program around with a conference title and a bowl game this past 2014 season.
The recruiting world was introduced to Paul in the 3 seasons prior to Memphis. Paul worked under Randy Shannon at THE U, Lane Kiffin at Tennessee and legendary coach Butch Davis at the University of North Carolina. All 3 of those teams earned top 10 recruiting classes. Paul really separated himself in terms of running a recruiting office during this time. Working for and alongside 7 national recruiters of the year during that time, the teams he helped recruit were loaded with NFL talent. It became clear that Paul had an expertise in the art of evaluating high school talent and projecting them 2, 3, 4 years ahead.
During the 2005-2007 seasons, Paul was the head football coach at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also known as the home of Patrick Ewing, Carl Hobbs, Rumeal Robinson and Mike Jarvis. Known as a basketball school, Cambridge had a good run in football. The job opened up and Paul was hired out of Mississippi State University and the SEC. Paul brought attention to the program from day 1 running an up tempo, spread, passing attack. This style was uncommon at the time up north but eventually Cambridge was respected by all its opponents.
Cambridge won 14 games in the last 2 seasons, which was the third best 2 year total in over 50 years. Lead by Joshua Adams, who was a US Army All-American and a commitment to the University of North Carolina where Coach Gonnella ended up being the Director of Player Personnel, Cambridge had bunch of other great athletes and football players. Paul assisted the players getting to the next level both academically and athletically. Several players went on to have great college football careers and earned their degree from some impressive universities on a national level.
In 2003-2004 season Paul was introduced to college football as a coach for the first time. Not only was Paul able to learn under legendary coach Jackie Sherrill, but Paul was also fortunate to be able to learn in the SEC. Paul assisted with the defensive backs in his first year and with the defensive line in his second year. Six of the position players Paul assisted went on to the NFL. Paul also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Mississippi State University. These two years really gave Paul the itch to be at the collegiate level again and prepared him for the recruiting wars to come in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, AAC and Big East.
The 2001-2002 season really is what started Paul in the recruiting world. At Lovejoy High School in Clayton County, GA, Paul was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Fresh out of Boston, Paul hit the ground running. Working for longtime, coach and friend Al Hughes, Paul put his nose to the grind stone and assisted Coach Hughes in turning Lovejoy High School in to a national recruiting powerhouse. From 2000-2002 Lovejoy was ranked 3rd in the nation in producing Division 1-A football players. Several player went on and made it to the NFL including Tashard Choice and Chris Scott.
A native of Wakefield, Mass., Gonnella excelled at Wakefield high school in football and basketball. Was name to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team before playing college football at Springfield College where we was recognized as a New England Division-II All-New England selection. Gonnella began his coaching career at Somerville (Mass.) High School and in 2001 was elected to the Wakefield High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Paul currently resides in Zephyrhills, Florida and is married to Amanda Gonnella. Amanda and Paul have a child, Michael Peter Gonnella (5 Mo). Paul also has another son, Paul Angelo Gonnella (20).
|13’-15’||USF||Director of Player Personnel|
|12’-13’||Alabama||Director of Player Personnel|
|11’-12’||Purdue||Director of Player Personnel|
|10’-11||Memphis||Director of Player Personnel|
|2009||Tennessee||Director of Player Personnel|
|08’-09’||UNC||Director of Player Personnel|
|1/08||US Army All-American Game||East Team Defensive Backs|
|05’-07’||Cambridge Rindge & Latin (MA)||Head Football Coach|
|03’-04’||Mississippi State||Graduate Assistant Football Coach|
|01’-02’||Lovejoy High School (GA)||Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coord|
|97’-98’||Somerville High School (MA)||Assistant Football Coach|
|2008||UNC||Meineke Car Care Bowl|
|2009||Miami||Champs Sports Bowl|
|2011||Purdue||Little Caesars Bowl|
|2012||Alabama||BCS National Championship Game|
|University of Florida||UNC|
|LSU||University of Maryland|
|Ole Miss||University of Miami|
|K-12, PE & Health||State of Georgia|
|American Football Coaches Association||Member since 2001|
TOP GUN Football Training & 7v7January, 2010 - Present
Scott purchased Top Gun Challenge ™ in January, 2010, and has expanded TOP GUN from a part-time quarterback competition into a year-round, position-specific Football Training company. Currently develop high school & youth student-athletes on the field and in the classroom through our elite, travel 7v7 All-Star squads, nationwide & international camps and 1-on-1 private coaching. TOP GUN has now participated in and/or hosted events in two countries, at eleven universities and in twenty different states - helping create elite competition & exposure for its athletes.
100+ TOP GUN-trained student-athletes have been offered by and/or have played for the following colleges & universities to date: Air Force, Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arizona St., Army, Augustana, Aurora, Austin Peay St., Black Hills, Boise St., Bowling Green St., Bryant, Buffalo, Butler, Carthage, Case Western, Central Michigan, Central Missouri, Colgate, Colorado, Colorado-Mesa, Colorado-Mines, Colorado St., Concordia, Cornell, Culver-Stockton, Dartmouth, Davenport, Drake, Dubuque, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Elmhurst, Ferris St., Florida Atlantic, Fordham, Georgia Tech, Grand Valley St., Grand View, Hillsdale, Idaho, Illinois, Illinois St., Illinois Wesleyan, Indiana, Indiana St., Indianapolis, Iowa, Kansas St., Kentucky, Kentucky Christian, Lincoln, Lindenwood, Loras, Louisville, McKendree, McPherson, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan St., Minnesota, Minnesota St., Missouri St., Montana St., Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, North Central, North Dakota, North Dakota St., Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Northland, Northern Michigan, North Park, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Occidental, Ohio St., Olivet Nazarene, Oregon St., Pitt, Purdue, Robert Morris, Rochester, St. Ambrose, St. Cloud St., St. Francis, St. Norbert, St. Thomas, San Diego St., South Carolina, South Dakota, South Dakota St., Southern Illinois, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo, Trinity, UCLA, UNLV, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, Washington, WashU-St. Louis, Washington St., Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Western St., Winona St., Wisconsin, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Whitewater, Wofford, Wooster & Wyoming.
Professional Sports Performance (PSP), Inc.September, 2010 – August, 2011
Scott took over the reins at PSP in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and grew its’ offseason baseball-only business to include year-round baseball, softball, football and speed & agility training. (TOP GUN absorbed football and speed & agility operations upon moving locations from East Dundee, IL to Mt. Prospect, IL.)
National Sales Director/QB CoachMarch, 2009 – February, 2010
Scott Helped grow Chicago-based training company from three states to five in less-than one year, running private sessions and group mini-camps nationwide, while also securing and hosting Mayor Daley’s (Chicago) Holiday Sports Fest football interactive zone at Chicago’s McCormick Place for over 55,000 attendees.
Primerica (NYSE: PRI)November 1995 – March, 2009
Regional Vice President/International ‘Founder’
Scott was chosen to expand company internationally into the United Kingdom from 2003-2005 (CitiSolutions Financial (UK) Ltd., a Primerica subsidiary) after earning company recognition as a ‘President’s Council’ member. Attained exclusive Highly-skilled Migrant Worker visa after thorough screening, licensing and evaluation process. Conducted extensive demographical research to determine appropriate target markets throughout the UK. Traveled regularly throughout England, Northern Ireland and Wales to accomplish set objectives, while maintaining ‘book of business’ in the US. Became approved member of elite Institute of Directors (IoD).
Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
B.A., Sociology (Minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision) - 1992
Scott lives in Illinois with his wife and children and is very excited to bring THE PROCESS overseas to Europe and the UK as the Head International Scout.
Corey graduated with a Movement & Sports Studies Degree and a minor in athletic coaching from Springfield College in 2014. During his collegiate career at Springfield College, Corey was a three-year starter on the defensive side of the ball playing numerous positions; Outside Linebacker, Strong Safety, and Inside Linebacker. Having a solid playing career at Springfield along with being a part of three ECAC Bowl Championships (2010, 2012, 2013), he grasped a great knowledge of the game and wanted to pursue to be a college football coach following his playing career. He landed his first coaching position at Bates College as their Slot Backs positional coach on the offensive side of the ball along with being the assistant strength and conditioning coach in the 2014-2015 season.
Following his time at Bates College, Corey had the desire to further his education along with his coaching career and was fortunate enough to land a Graduate Assistant position at his Alma Mater, Springfield College. During his first year back, he was chosen to be the Defensive Backs/Secondary Assistant for the 2015-2016 season. The following year he was then named the Linebackers Coach for the Pride in the 2016-2017 season. Having coached both sides of the ball at the collegiate level, he understands the game from a lot of different vantage points; from the schematics, to evaluating talent, and having a full understanding of the actual recruiting process considering he was just in it has a coach. Corey’s main recruiting territory while at Springfield College was all of Northern New Jersey counties with his secondary areas of Delaware, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Corey gained a very solid coaching background along with an extensive coaching network throughout his time at Bates College and Springfield College. He is proud to have earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Springfield in 2017. Young, educated and knowledgeable to the game; Corey’s overall passion is to help the youth to get to where they deserve to be at the next level. He was appointed as The National Scout for THE PROCESS in the Summer of 2017.
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Since retiring as Athletics Director at Boston College in 2012, Gene DeFilippo has remained active on both the local and national level. DeFilippo serves as a consultant for several college athletics departments and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation. He also assists Boston Scholar Athletes, a program designed to use athletics as an incentive to improve graduation rates in the 19 inner-city high schools in Boston. Most recently Gene has joined forces with THE PROCESS. Gene has been instrumental in the forming of partnerships, introductions to potential investors as well as being a guide to our entire PROCESS. Gene was a giant addition to our organization. As you will see below, Gene possesses a ton of experience at the collegiate level in terms of coaching and directing entire athletic departments.
In his 15 years as Director of Athletics at Boston College, DeFlippo led BC Athletics to a period of unprecedented growth and success. DeFilippo’s stated goal of keeping the student-athlete at the heart of the program produced undeniable results. He also led the program through one of the most significant periods in its history as it transitioned to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In recognition of his years of leadership and achievement in intercollegiate athletics, DeFilippo has been selected for enshrinement in the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) Hall of Fame.
Under DeFilippo’s leadership, Boston College student-athletes’ achievements in the classroom were an immense source of pride for the University and its supporters. Year in and year out, Boston College student-athletes achieved some of the highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores in intercollegiate athletics, consistently ranking in the top ten.
Outside of their academic and athletic endeavors, BC student-athletes were perhaps best known for their devotion to community, spending numerous hours helping those less fortunate. In 2010, the BC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was awarded the National SAAC Award of Excellence in recognition of the community service endeavors of Eagle student-athletes.
DeFilippo undertook an impressive overhaul of BC’s athletics facilities that included new football practice facilities, a total renovation of Conte Forum, including a new sound system, floor and video boards, new soccer, field hockey and lacrosse stadiums on the Newton campus, and an air-inflated bubble to cover the Alumni Stadium turf to provide an indoor practice facility for all sports during the winter months.
In the summer of 2012, a new AstroTurf surface and brick work were added to Alumni Stadium and the Conte Forum weight room and equipment room were totally renovated. DeFilippo was instrumental in raising money to build the privately funded $27 million, 72,000-square-foot Yawkey Athletics Center, which houses the football program, the Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes, and a large function area for general University use. After football moved into the Yawkey Center, BC undertook a multi-million dollar renovation Conte Forum to provide additional locker room and office space for many of BC’s 31 varsity sports.
DeFilippo renamed the Athletics Department’s fundraising arm (formerly Blue Chips) in honor of longtime Athletics Director Bill Flynn. Under DeFilippo’s leadership, contributions to the Flynn Fund grew from approximately $2.5 million in his first year to more than $20 million in 2011-12. That total represented the most successful cash year ever for varsity athletics when taking into account past years’ totals that included significant capital payments for the Yawkey Center.
Anne and Gene DeFilippo cemented their commitment to Boston College by announcing their pledge of $100,000 to endow a scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a female student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
In athletics competition, DeFilippo oversaw some of the most successful seasons in Boston College Athletics history. In 2012, the men’s ice hockey team won its third NCAA Championship in five seasons, its fourth since 2001 and fifth overall. The women’s hockey team returned to the Frozen Four in 2012, and the sailing team won 11 national team or individual titles in five years.
In football, BC produced an unprecedented 12 straight winning teams (1999-2010), capturing 103 victories during that streak. BC won an amazing 88 games in the 2000s (2000-09, including bowls), tying Auburn and Southern California for 11th among all teams in college football. DeFilippo also oversaw record-breaking success in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer.
From 1993-97, DeFilippo served as director of athletics at Villanova University. He served as Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky from 1987-93, Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg from 1984-87 and Director of Administrative Services at Vanderbilt University from 1983-84.
His coaching experience includes three years as offensive backfield coach at Vanderbilt (1980-82), which included the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl. From 1975-79, he was offensive coordinator at Youngstown State University, during which time the team won two consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championships, 1978-79. In 1973-74, he was graduate assistant football coach for the University of Tennessee, coaching in the 1973 Gator Bowl and 1974 Liberty Bowl.
A 1973 graduate of Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree, DeFilippo earned three varsity letters as a quarterback in football during his undergraduate career. He received a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1974.
He was named the 2010 recipient of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Martin Williams Souders Award, presented annually to a graduate of a New England independent school who made a distinguished record in sports and who since made a distinguished record in life through his/her ideals, leaderships and accomplishments. Past recipients have included George H.W. Bush, Sargent Shriver, Michael Erizione, Dee Rowe, Bill Cleary, and former BC Athletics Director Bill Flynn.
DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children – Christine Eldred (married to Matt Eldred), John and Mary Rooney (married to Joe Rooney) and have two grandchildren, Katherine Eldred and Joseph Hunter Eldred.
|1973-74||Tennessee||Graduate Assistant Football Coach|
|1975-79||Youngstown State||Assistant Football Coach|
|1980-82||Vanderbilt||Assistant Football coach|
|1983-84||Vanderbilt||Director of Administrative Services|
|1984-87||University of South Carolina-Spartanburg||Director of Athletics|
|1987-93||Kentucky||Assistant, Associate Director of Athletics-External Operations|
|1993-97||Villanova||Director of Athletics|
|1997-2012||Boston College||Director of Athletics|