Mark Ratliff has been with the team for 9 years now. He is the IT Manager for FEV North America. He graduated from Michigan Technological University as a Mechanical Engineer. He became involved with First in 2012 with his daughter who was a member of Truck Town Thunder. Inspired by the students on the team that year, he coached the FLL team his son was on in 2013 and 2014. Mark then coached the FTC team 5976 for two years. This is the second consecutive year he has mentored Truck Town Thunder in scouting and strategy sub team along with being the drive coach, while coordinating the school’s FTC teams. In his free time, he enjoys pumpkin carving, origami, and BBQ.