Established by Mark Spencer
Mark-A-Newt Appliance was established by Mark Spencer and Ian (Newt) Newton in 1957. Mark and Newt were both employed by Sears as service techs with Mark being the Service Manager of Sears Service Department. They started the business with several hundred dollars each and held onto the philosophy of providing quality parts and service for a fair and reasonable price and guaranteeing their work.
After several years, Newt decided to leave the service business and become a sales person at Kiesel Sales and Service. Mark bought out Newt and along with his wife, Doris, continued to run and build Mark-A-Newt.
Our first location was on 732 28th Street in a small shop shared by Don's TV Service. Quickly outgrowing the small shop, they moved in 1958 to a larger location on 2444 Lincoln Avenue. This location is where the Ogden Marriott hotel now sits, directly across from Utah Department of Motor Vehicles. After several years, (in 1963) Mark decided to move the business to a better retail location at 2856 Washington Blvd, between Walts Shoe Repair (now Jacks Shoe Repair) and Nelson & Sons Auto Clinic. This was a smaller location, but was in a better traffic area for retail customers. At this time Mark Spencer built up the parts inventory and hired several service technicians.
Turning Point in Ownership
Rick Spencer, Mark's son, started working with his father at the age of seven, scrapping out old appliances for the steel and brass and selling it to Bloom Steel. Rick’s older brothers, Carl and Gary, also worked with their father as teenagers and after completing school both pursued careers with the IRS and HAFB. Rick continued working with his father and attended numerous factory training schools with all the major appliance manufacturers. Rick Spencer, along with his father Mark received certifications from Whirlpool, Frigidaire, General Electric, Maytag and many other major appliance manufacturers. Mark's wife, Doris, worked with the business as a Bookkeeper and sales person for over 30 years.
In 1973, just after Rick completed school and a two-year apprenticeship program, Mark Spencer died of a stroke at the age of 52. Rick was 20 years-old at the time and decided, along with his mother Doris, to continue running the family business. Rick’s older brother Gary joined the business as a service technician in 1974. In 1976 Rick decided to expand into sales in addition to parts and service; and moved across the street to our present location where we have been for 31 years. Rick’s other brother, Carl, joined the business in 1984 as an accountant. Mark-A-Newt now has ten employees with five service and delivery trucks. Mark-A-Newt is constantly increasing its parts inventory and is now focusing on service, parts and used appliances. In September of 2007, Mark-A-Newt celebrated 50 years of business.
Richard J. Spencer, CEO and President
Richard has been running the company since the age of 20 when his father, Mark, passed away in 1973. He has over 50 years experience working in the appliance industry and completed his first washing machine overhaul at the age of 14.
He also serves on the service technician advisory board for the HVAC program at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College. He has served for over twenty years and was the Board Chairman in 1993 and 1994.
He has the following qualifications:
- EPA certified in Freon use and recovery
- Master Technician certification from Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire, and GE
- Factory Trained in 26 brands of major home appliances
- Graduated from Whirlpool Corporation Management Training
- Rocky Mountain Gas Certified