Mark West, a Pensacola-based chief financial officer at General Equipment and former CIA operative with the U.S. State Department, performed extremely well in the premiere of the NBC reality show, "Treasure Hunters," airing 8 p.m. Mondays.
As reported previously, the program is a reality-based "quest" series that features teams of treasure-hunting competitors who use folklore, fantasy and actual history as clues to solve a complex puzzle. The show is a cross between "The Da Vinci Code" and "Amazing Race."
West's team—which includes friends Todd Moore and Jacob Porter who he met during a government-sponsored internship program—is appropriately called "Team Ex-CIA."
In the debut challenge, West's group consistently led the pack of eclectic threesomes—
including a group of beauty queens called "Team Miss USA" and a Boston crew tagged "Southie Boys."
Because of his confidentiality agreement with NBC, West can't go into details until the show wraps.
However, the 36-year-old did say via e-mail: "My family and friends enjoyed your article and I would like to setup an interview with you as well."
Go to www.nbc.com/treasure_hunters for more information.