I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago (Schaumburg) with great parents who engrained in us the importance of faith, family, character, hard work, education and had us participate in every sport and activity manageable. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During my time there, I double majored in marketing and finance while being a scholarship athlete for the men's basketball team coached by Bruce Pearl. Prior to graduation, I started the process of becoming a financial representative intern with Northwestern Mutual. However, during the early stages of that program, Bruce Pearl hired me as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee.

After graduating from Tennessee with my master's degree, Bruce Pearl hired me as a full time assistant. During my tenure with Coach Pearl and then with Cuonzo Martin, I held many different titles encompassing numerous responsibilities. After the 2012-13 season, I left the coaching world and reengaged my financial background by joining Northwestern Mutual.

When I am not working in my financial practice, you can often find me hanging out with my wife Brooke (Waddell) and our three daughters Charli, Landri, and Jovi, working out, helping out at our church Sevier Heights or staying involved in the Knoxville sports community as a regular contributor to WNML Sports Radio (99.1 or 990) or The Sports Source on Sundays on ABC.


Mark Alexander Pancratz

Financial Representative


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