Mark Thewes enters his third season as the Broncos' vice president of football operations and compliance and 20th season in the NFL in 2022. He previously served as the team's director of team administration from 2012-19.
Originally hired by Denver on Jan. 12, 2009, as assistant to the head coach, Thewes worked for the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2004 and spent four years with GMR Marketing in Charlotte, N.C., before he joined the Broncos.
A member of the club's executive staff, Thewes serves as the liaison to the NFL office to ensure the club's compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, roster management and reporting, scheduling, officiating and discipline. In addition to overseeing the team's football analytics department, he works closely with Vice President of Football Administration Rich Hurtado in player contract analysis and overall football department budgeting and monitoring.
Serving on the Broncos' Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Thewes manages the club's diversity coaching and scouting programs. He also is an Infection Control Officer within his role on the team's COVID-19 Task Force.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Thewes worked as an intern in the operations and marketing departments at the Pro Football Hall of Fame before joining the Browns as an intern for their re-entry into the NFL in 1999. He was hired full time by the Browns in 2000 and handled marketing/sponsorships for the club through 2004.
At GMR Marketing, an Omnicom Group Inc. experiential/sports marketing agency, Thewes was an account director in its sports division. In that capacity, he primarily worked with NFL, NCAA and NASCAR accounts.
A four-year starter on the baseball team at Miami (Ohio) University, Thewes received a bachelor's degree in business from the school before earning a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University. He is a graduate of Canton McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio.
Mark and his wife, Megan, have one son (Wade) and one daughter (Gwen).