CheckMark Consulting, Inc.

Helping Businesses Identify Their Unique Path to Success


CheckMark Consulting, Inc. was conceived and founded by Mark Baker. Mr. Baker was a founding director of Modular Mining Systems, Inc., a company that continues to create and provide a variety of high technology solutions to the mining industry.

His contributions were instrumental to creating and expanding a niche market for the innovative solutions that completely revolutionized a relatively low technology, highly capital-intensive industry. Having helped specify, market and deploy these novel solutions worldwide, Mr. Baker gained a unique insight that can provide vital assistance to business owners and help them to achieve success both domestically, and in the international arena.

His extensive exposure to both large and small mining operations worldwide provides him with a unique first hand understanding of the opportunities for success achievable through World’s best practices in action. This perspective helped his company provide products and services that produced substantial productivity improvements to what were already considered the world’s most efficient producers.

Autonomous Haul Truck

After the sale of Modular Mining Systems to Komatsu, Mr. Baker was responsible for managing the successful development and deployment of the world's first commercial autonomous haulage system.

Mr. Baker served on the board of directors of Modular's owner, Komatsu Mining Systems, Inc., a large, international equipment supplier. During his tenure, he helped develop and direct the creation and expansion of its global mining division.

Mr. Baker holds several patents related to mining haulage technologies. His patent for the bi-directional autonomous truck was implemented by Komatsu and unveiled at MineExpo in 2016.

Autonomous, AHS, ADS, Autonomous Dozing, Autonomous Haulage, Autonomous Drilling

Shortly after its inception, CheckMark was engaged by Phelps Dodge’s mine technology group to provide strategic and technical input to their existing mining process and autonomous development programs. Autonomous solutions were created and implemented for haulage, dozing and drilling using third party technology development companies. Assisted with contract negotiations with a large equipment manufacturer to participate in their autonomous haulage development program.

Checkmark was engaged by Caterpillar’s global mining division to provide strategic, commercial and substantial subject matter expertise related to existing MineStar® products and new leading-edge technology development programs. CheckMark provided technology and mining practices input to the company’s various development teams and helped develop strategic marketing and technology strategies designed to maximize both revenue and profitability. 

Mr. Baker is currently a founding director for Phoenix Drill Control, a company that provides autonomous drilling systems that do not require OEM control system replacement. 

He currently serves as an advisor to Blue Planet Strategies, a company that modifies the chemistry of mine generated waters without the use of added chemicals. BPS also extracts metals from mine generated fluids to create additional revenue streams. 


Mark is a board member of Desert Saber, a company that creates a platform designed to disrupt traditional online training by providing a virtual hands-on environment for engaged and measured learning.


Mr. Baker is also a Senior Partner of Flow Partners, a group of experienced consultants that provide Value Stream insight by applied Lean Mining.

CheckMark Consulting is a member of the Global Mining and Standards Group.

Mark is a member of the UArizona College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board, a member of the Industrial Leadership Board for the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at The University of Arizona and Mark is also a commercialization partner with Tech Launch Arizona.

Mr. Baker served on the board of directors of MineWare, a company that supplies enhanced weigh systems for loading tools. In addition to real time bucket weights for shovels, excavators and draglines, MineWare's systems ensure compliance to plan and minimize damage to equipment.

Mr. Baker was a member of the board of directors for the NanoSteel® Company, an advanced materials company that develops and supplies Super Hard Steel® (SHS) alloys with nanoscale microstructures for use as metallic coatings within the concrete & cement, mining & aggregates, oil & gas and power generation industries.

Mark has been an advisor to Resource Recovery Technologies, LLC., a company that uses centrifuges that maximize the recovery of organics in the Solvent Extraction process, effectively eliminating the excess organics that traditionally flow to the tank house and back to the leach piles. 

Komatsu Mining, Modular Mining, NanoSteel, Desert Saber, U of A Mining Logos

These broad-based experiences enhance CheckMark's service offerings which are designed to help businesses benefit from its success and experience.