The Marketing Executive Who Became a Voice Actor

Courtesy Dana Marks

Dana Marks has a deep, strong, and kindly voice that one might associate with, say, a small-town sheriff, or maybe a rancher. “You ought to be on FM radio,” his colleagues at IBM used to tell him. As a marketing manager for 15 years at the company (after 15 years as a programmer), Marks’s vocal talents were put to good use. IBM trained him to deliver presentations to executives, and he worked on campaigns and organized product launches and events around the world, including a debut tour of Java in 43 cities during 1997.

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