About The Founder

 

Mark Tod Kislingbury CSR, RMR, CRR

Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Current home:  Houston, Texas
 

Married 24 years, three children

 

Career Goal: To use the gifts God has given me to His glory and not my own


Education/Court Reporting School: American Institute of Business, Des Moines, Iowa; Began fall 1981; Departed January 1983

World Record

 

 

In 2004, at the NCRA National Convention, Mark wrote and transcribed a one-minute, 360wpm Q&A at 97.22% accuracy, setting a new Guinness World Record.

Recent activity:

 

Have conducted dozens of seminars - in person, via telephone, and via internet - attended by thousands of court reporters all over North America on how to excel in court reporting speed and realtime

 

In 2008, Mark founded Magnum Steno, Inc., to provide other products and services helpful to the court reporting/captioning profession

 

In 2008 Mark published “Magnum Steno: Write Short - Write Fast!”, his compendium of writing short for professional reporters

 

In 2008, Mark unveiled the Magnum Steno Club, a popular and fast-growing online club for daily practice of speed, briefs, as well as instructional videos

 

Author of My System: The Road to Realtime Excellence, published by the NCRA in 2001

 

Currently mentoring numerous court reporting students via e-mail

 

Currently writing on the LightSpeed machine, which Mark believes is the most cutting-edge court reporting machine in existence

 

Appeared as Mr. July in the NCRA’s inaugural Men of Court Reporting 2006 calendar

 

In 2004, Mark founded StenoMaster, Inc. to provide products and services helpful to the court reporting/captioning profession

 

Author of The StenoMaster Theory published in 2004

 

Court Reporting Experience:

 

28-year career, 18 years freelance court reporter

 

15 years broadcast captioner

 

Provides daily instant transcripts to Rush Limbaugh radio program

 

Performed realtime for display purposes in majority of depositions for 10 years

 

Have reputation for being extremely accurate and unafraid to tackle any job

 

Traveled to Netherlands to provide realtime display for counsel for a week of depositions

 

Provided realtime display for viewing by both counsel and the judge in a three-week capital murder trial

 

Provided realtime for display to a deaf defendant in Houston Federal criminal court

 

Provided realtime for display to counsel and judge in a highly technical ten-day Federal trial and provided same-day transcripts, working alone with one scopist in June 1996

 

Provided realtime for display to judge and multiple counsel in the high-profile August 1997 State of Florida tobacco case and provided same-day transcripts, working alone with one scoper, until the case settled for $11B

 

 

Captioning and Other Experience:

Current:

 

Currently presenting numerous realtime seminars around the country for state associations and other court reporting groups

 

Currently realtime live the Rush Limbaugh radio program

 

Currently provide captioners for three television stations

 

Currently provide realtimers for the Glenn Beck radio program

 

Currently using Stenovations LightSpeed machine and promoting its ultra-light touch

 

 

Past:

 

Captioned Creation in the 21st Century on TBN, a show studying the science behind creation and evolution

 

Closed-captioned live the Dove Awards

 

Captioned directly to the Internet for IBM the entire Kasparov vs. Deep Blue chess match (followed live by millions worldwide), realtiming for 4-5 hours straight at high speeds, with no breaks in talk

 

Realtimed 2001 NCRA Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans before a crowd of 500 and Internet audience, as well as 2004 and 2007 Annual Business Meetings

 

Captioned live events onto the Internet, for worldwide viewing, for large Internet and computer-related technologies seminars, conventions, and symposia, including speeches of Bill Gates, Microsoft, and Steve Jobs, Apple, NASA scientists, and the Father of the Internet, Vint Cerf

 

Closed-captioned NFL football, NBA, and NCAA basketball on national television

 

Closed-captioned nationally the1998 Superbowl pregame show highlighting the Denver Broncos team members

 

Closed-captioned hundreds of news broadcasts on numerous television stations in the U.S. and Canada

 

Captioned the election returns in Quebec (French names!) on election night for national television in Canada

 

Captioned live events in sports arenas—NBA basketball, Sesame Street Live, ice show, circus, university commencement exercises

 

Closed-captioned Sunday morning services for the hearing-impaired at Second Baptist Church in Houston, pro bono, for two years

 

Have written realtime for the deaf in numerous meetings, functions, and educational settings, both for pay and on a pro-bono basis, since 1990

 

Realtimed for two deaf board members at the Houston Center for Hearing and Speech monthly board meetings for two years

 

Captioned monthly meetings of the Houston chapter of Self Help for Hard of Hearing, pro bono, for three years

 

Participated in the Texas Court Reporters Association task force for creating Texas' first CART test for court reporters

 

Captioned the Southern Baptist National Convention in Salt Lake City, 1998

 

Closed-captioned NBA Houston Rockets basketball for Houston television for many years

 

Have written articles for and been featured in court reporting industry journals, such as Journal of Court Reporting, The Texas Record, and S*T*A*R

 

Featured in chapter on church captioning in book Inside Captioning, by Gary Robson

 

Involved in direct consultation, development, and sales of CAT software

 

Consultant for testing steno machines and offering input for improvement

Mark Kislingbury
Mark Kislingbury's Academy of Court Reporting
19708 Northwest Fwy, Ste 2100
Houston,Texas,77065 USA
281-859-0791