Marc McMain is a husband, father, and successful entrepreneur.
Born the youngest of three brothers, Marc’s family moved to Stone Mountain when he was ten years old. He graduated from Rockdale County High School in 1988 then spent the next year teaching karate and washing cars to save money for college.
He started at DeKalb County Community College at the age of 19, and soon after started his first business, a karate school with seven students. Marc worked in a local tire warehouse in the mornings, went to class, then taught karate in the evenings. It was during this time when he began to realize that he was an entrepreneur at heart.
After earning an Associate Degree in Spanish, Marc turned his attention to his karate school. Over the next five years, the business grew from seven students to over 250 active students and relocated to a 6,000 square foot facility.
Eventually he sold the school and a few years later launched a new business, The MTM Shopper (now the Town Values Magazine), a hyper-local publication focused on delivering cost-saving opportunities to families and individuals throughout their communities. For the next year, he continued working multiple jobs while he and his wife bootstrapped the business to the point where they could quit their day jobs and focus solely on The MTM Shopper. Today they have nine locations and a total monthly distribution of about 225,000 magazines.
While Marc has enjoyed success through hard work, he learned early on to trust in the Lord for strength and wisdom. Shortly after moving to Stone Mountain as a child, tragedy struck his family when, in May of 1981, Marc’s brother, Matt, was killed in a car accident. Just one month later, his other brother, Mike, had a life-altering event with drugs. Those two events forever changed his family.
Soon after, Marc’s parents divorced and he witnessed how his mother worked to help Mike through his healing. He saw her demonstrate daily what it means to love unconditionally and to put one’s faith in the Lord. Nightly, he would be with his mom as she read the Bible to his brother until he fell asleep, teaching him what love is and how to live by faith. In the coming years, Mike didn’t just heal, but has since gone on to succeed immensely in business. Through the grace of God, Marc’s family mended.
Marc’s deep faith teaches him to give back to his community. As a young adult, he would volunteer with the public school system and speak to all age groups, using martial arts as a tool to reach them. He also has given his time to mentor at-risk youth at the Youth Detention Services in Athens, volunteered with his local youth soccer organization, and served as a coach for ten years, including six years at his sons’ school. Additionally, Marc and his wife, along with their company, Town Values Magazine partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to raise much needed resources for the organization, and in the summer of 2020, organized a Police and First Responders appreciation event to help the community show its support for our first responders.
Marc married his wife, Liliana, in 1997 and they are the proud parents of two sons: Matthew and Marcus. Matthew is in his second year at the U.S. Naval Academy and Marcus will soon be attending Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. Marc and Liliana live in Monroe and attend Graystone Church in Grayson, GA.
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