Title: President, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Application Production Processing System
Location: Diamondhead, MS, United States
Mark D. Duffy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Application Production Processing System, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in life insurance.
Mr. Duffy is a former law enforcement officer, business leader, and life insurance agent with over six decades of excellence in his chosen fields. He began his career with the New Orleans Police Department in 1964 after having been denied admission to the United States Air Force Academy due to a flaw in his peripheral vision. Still motivated to serve and inspired by his father, who had found success as a law enforcement officer, Mr. Duffy was accepted into a pilot program designed to recruit applicants to the police academy. He served proudly with the New Orleans Police until 1982, setting himself apart for his commitment to the community, and was named the American Legion’s Policeman of the Month and Policeman of the Year in 1976. Mr. Duffy considers his service as a police officer to be the highlight of his career, particularly an instance in which he was able to deliver CPR and save the life of a child who had drowned after falling into a swimming pool.
After leaving the police force in 1982, Mr. Duffy became an agent for New York Life Insurance Company. Drawing on his experiences as a law enforcement officer and with the support of an acquaintance who worked in the industry, Mr. Duffy launched an independent life insurance business in New Orleans. He remained in the business until 2018, becoming a member of New York Life’s Million Dollar Roundtable and a lifetime member of the Underwriter’s Association. Since 1992, Mr. Duffy has been the president and CEO of Application Production Processing System, positions he continues to excel in.
Mr. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and has spent much of his life dedicated to community service and organizing both professionally and in his personal time. He is a Eucharistic minister for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Archdiocese of Biloxi and has volunteered his time as a Little League coach for the New Orleans Recreation Department. While Mr. Duffy enjoys fishing and boating, he is most passionate about motorcycles and classic cars and has organized a number of events for motor enthusiasts. Most recently, he was instrumental in creating the Blessing of the Classics classic car show and event in conjunction with the famous Cruisin’ The Coast event. Previously limited to cities along the Mississippi coastline, Mr. Duffy was able to extend the event to include a classic car show in Diamondhead, Mississippi, becoming the first landlocked city to participate.
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