Mr. Mark Covey is the Chief Operating Officer for Motion Reality, Inc. In this position, Mr. Covey oversees the day to day operations of Motion Reality, a company with over 32 years’ experience in Motion Capture for films, games, sports, health, and virtual reality simulations. During these years, Motion Reality has become the developers of the world’s most accurate, real-time human motion capture and simulation technology for use throughout the training, health, and entertainment industries.
Prior to joining Motion Reality, Mr. Covey held various positions within the modeling and simulation market including time as JANUS Research Group’s Vice President for Modeling, Simulations, and Training, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Director of Advanced Technology, and Digital Domain’s Vice President of Modeling, Simulations and Gaming. At Digital Domain, he and his team leveraged the Academy Award® winning talents of the entire Digital Domain team to provide state-of-the-art training and education products for the intelligence, law enforcement, medical, and military communities.
From August 2007 to May 2011, Mr. Covey served as the Director of Systems Integration, Modeling, and Simulations (SIMS) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Training Counter-IED Operations Integration Center (JTCOIC). Under his leadership, the JTCOIC SIMS Directorate provided thousands of virtual simulation and gaming training products to deploying forces of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force as well as to allied partners participating in the Global War on Terrorism. By virtue of these efforts, Mr. Covey’s directorate was recognized with the 2008 “Governor’s Award” and the 2009 “Industry Award” for outstanding achievement in the fields of modeling, simulation, and training from the National Training and Simulations Association. In 2011, the SIMS Directorate was honored with an “Innovations in Gaming Award” from the Department of Defense. In 2010, Fast Company Magazine recognized Mr. Covey in their annual issue profiling the “Top 100 Most Creative People in Business.”
Mr. Covey served for over 20 years in the U.S. Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and Russian linguist. He retired from the United State Army in 2005 after an interesting career that included two combat tours – Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom – and duty assignments with the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice. Mr. Covey’ military awards and commendations include: the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service (x2), the Army Meritorious Service (x4), Army Commendation (x2), the Joint Service Achievement, and the Army Achievement (x5) Medals.
Mr. Covey is a graduate of Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration and Management, and of the University of Redlands with a Master of Science Degree in Geospatial Information Systems. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, the Foreign Language Training Center, and the Central Intelligence Agency’s Advance Soviet Realities Program.