Mark Foster

Senior Managing Director, Head of Banking and Credit Consulting

About Mark

Mark Foster is a Senior Managing Director and is Cresset’s Head of Banking and Credit Advisory. He brings 30 years of banking experience, the last 21 years of which were spent in wealth management. Focused mostly in credit, he has been actively involved in large deal structuring, negotiations, and internal risk approval for his entire career.

Mark was a founding member, Head of Private Banking and Chief Credit Officer of U.S. Bank’s Ascent Private Capital Management, who’s UHNW banking services have won industry awards over the years (most recently the 2018 PAM award for best client service*). Prior to this, Mark served for 14 years as a Senior Credit Officer with Citi Private Bank in Chicago, where he managed lending and underwriting activities for several US regions and Canada.

Mark is an incoming board member and volunteer for YouthBuild Lake County, a non-profit that promotes the talents and energy of low income and underserved young people to transform their lives. He is also an active student, instructor, and competitor in Brazilian Jiu. Mark earned a B.A. in Finance from Northern Illinois University, and resides in Mettawa, IL with his wife Alyssa and their two French Bulldogs, Jake and Elwood.


* Winners of the PAM awards are comprised of individuals and firms who have been nominated via an online submission process and through recommendations from market participants. Judges use the submitted application material, as well as any uploaded supplemental information, to determine which firm, individual or product they believe to be the most suitable and deserving for each category. Third-party rankings, awards listings and/or recognition by unaffiliated third-party rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Cresset is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of Cresset by any of its clients. Third-party rankings and recognition from rating services and publications do not guarantee future investment success. Working with a highly-rated investment advisor also does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance. Ascent Private Capital Management submitted the information to be considered for the award and did not pay an application fee to participate. Cresset is not affiliated with PAM or Ascent Private Capital Management.