Mark Sweesy, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, RCES
Founder and Professor Emeritus
ATI announces the retirement of legendary Founder, President, and Director of Education, Mark Sweesy, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, RCES.
From the school’s beginning in 1987 in Bradenton, FL as the Pacemaker Systems Technology School, through the relocation to Greenville, SC and rebranding as Arrhythmia Technologies Institute in 1997, Mark functioned as the school’s President and Educational Director for 33 years until his retirement in April 2020.
Mark has always been very quick to brag about the success of ATI (credited to God’s blessing) and also of the accomplishments of his three children. Always humble, he requested this announcement to be about the school and not his own storied career.
Fulfilling such a request would be remiss for such a momentous occasion. In loving defiance, we must mention that the briefest of summaries of his CV will note that Mark wrote many books, authored more than 100 publications, served on several HRS and NASPE leadership committees, presented at countless national and international scientific meetings, and was recently bestowed the moniker of “The Godfather of Pacing”. The achievements he valued most would be: first, his children and his wife Cece; followed by, the meaningful and lasting relationships with all those his path crossed.
The number of those he taught are in the thousands, but the number of patients’ lives he impacted are undoubtedly in the millions. The legacy Mark leaves ATI is one of excellence and passion in educating clinicians for the improvement of patient care.
For 33 years, ATI has been the leading training program both for students entering the cardiac and EP fields and also for new or experienced allied professionals. ATI will continue fulfilling its mission under Jim Holland’s leadership as President and CEO.
All of ATI wish Mark a rewarding retirement, and we already look forward to his future visits. Although Mark’s presence at ATI will be less often, his impact (and his jokes) will continue forever.
If you wish to send Mark a note to be included in a career celebration at a future date, please leave a comment below.