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Ollie's Bargain Outlet CEO Mark Butler dies unexpectedly at 61


The Ollie's Bargain Outlet Board of Directors announced today that the company's CEO, Mark Butler, has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 61.

According to a media release from the company, Butler passed away on Sunday while spending the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with his family.

“Mark was an exceptional entrepreneur, merchant, leader, philanthropist, friend and family man,” said board member Richard Zannino on behalf of the entire board of directors in the media release Monday. “From ringing the first sale in the first Ollie’s store in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1982, to leading the Company’s highly profitable growth to 345 stores in 25 states, Mark built a successful and enduring retail concept, assembled an incredible team, created thousands of jobs and delivered millions of bargains to our customers, while delivering exceptional shareholder value along the way.”

The board has named John Swygert as interim President and CEO of Ollie's.

Swygert has served as Executive Vice President and COO of the company since January of 2014 and served as the CFO prior to his current position.

“During his 15 year tenure, John worked closely with Mark and played an integral role in the growth and success of Ollie’s," Zannino said in the release.

Butler was also the principle owner and managing partner of the Harrisburg Senators.

Butler took over as principle manager of the Senators in February of 2015 and would often spend free time wandering among the crowd and entertaining friends and FNB Field.

“We are just numb. This is a tragic loss for our community. Mark was such an important part of the culture of our organization,” said Senators President Kevin Kulp. “We were extremely fortunate to have had him guiding us. We’ve lost a great boss and a great friend. We’re committed to continuing on in his memory just the way he would have wanted with passion and integrity.”

Butler was also a life-long sports fan and Chairman of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, an organization that creates opportunities for youth in need through baseball.

In 2013, Butler was able to fund and install a baseball field at the Boys and Girls Club in Harrisburg through his work with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

His Mark L. Butler Foundation donated countless tickets and baseball experiences to inner city organizations so that they could enjoy Senators baseball.

There is currently no word on Butler's cause of death.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SEE VIDEO REPORT    ;       https://wjactv.com/news/local/ollies-bargain-outlet-ceo-mark-butler-dies-unexpectedly-at-61

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