“I had the choice of two mentors, one “corporate” and one who was described to me as more “entrepreneurial”.
I eschewed the “corporate” type and favored the more “entrepreneurial” of the two.
Mark was the chosen mentor.
I wanted someone who would put me at the centre of his mentoring activity and tailor a program to guide me in my transformation from corporate renegade to entrepreneur with global aspirations.
Initially I found Mark laid-back and easy-going but I soon realized that my evaluation was superficial. Mark is in fact completely at ease and possibly the most comfortable-in-his-skin human I have ever met, however he has a razor sharp mind and an ability to summarize the most complex of concepts into easy to digest actions. He also has a contagious belief in the abundance of the universe and this has shaped much of the positive dialogue between us.
There is therefore no ulterior motive with Mark. He is genuine, generous and a top bloke.
I realized at the start of my journey that I had something worthy of a business. After a year of working with Mark, I now realize that I have so much more. I have a business with global potential and an opportunity to transform industries and leave a lasting legacy.
I commend Mark not only for his business contribution but also for his abundant view on life and living.
It has been my pleasure to work with Mark and I recommend anyone with the desire to get the best advice and direction to work with someone of Mark’s caliber.”
BM – CEO CG Sydney
“Before I started working with Mark, I considered myself a professional person – I have over 20 years of experience working in financial markets, and I hold an MBA. I have worked at Trading Pursuits, which provides financial market education, since 2002 and I became the Managing Director in 2008. Prior to that, I worked at Macquarie Bank and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Mark, in the gentlest possible way, helped me realise how much I didn’t know about running a successful business.
Mark, in very practical and even measurable ways, continues to help me sustain that perspective shift.
I can now see that it is going to be the difference between being just a business “manager” and realising my full potential of becoming a business “visionary”.
I would recommend Mark to anyone who wants to take their business skills to the next level.”
Julie Cairns – CEO Trading Pursuits
“Mark is one of the most extraordinary people I have had the pleasure of both working with and being able to call a friend. I followed his career for many years when he was in the financial and property sectors and watched with great respect his innovative and wholistic approach to business.
I more recently came to know him in his role as TV Producer. He is currently working alongside me on the documentary series “40 Women” as Executive Producer. His professionalism, creativity, ideas, calmness and wisdom are just a joy to work alongside. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
Lisa Messenger – CEO Messenger Group
It’s rare as a leader or entrepreneur that you make space to witness your journey so far – in all its messy wonder – and recalibrate. My time on the farm with Mark was like stepping off the train, and for the first time taking some space to actually look at the tracks. Mark’s genius is that he’s been there – so is able to provide laser sharp business acumen – with the clarity and perspective of someone that successfully made it through to the other side. Combine that with the magic of the farm itself and you would have to try really hard not to make some serious shifts.
Julie Masters – CEO Julie Masters
“Having a moment here … I felt suddenly hit by a wave of gratitude and realisation that made me want to cry. My world and who I am in it is so profoundly different from where I was 18 months ago. I see, feel and understand things now that I had no hope of then, and that sense of being on the other side of the glass wall to the rest of the world is gone, I feel what I’m a part of now and know I’ve got something to offer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your part in that … This isn’t nearly covering everything that’s just tumbled through my head and heart, but I wanted to share it anyway.
Thank you, you wonderful pain in the arse human, you’re extraordinary and I’m grateful to have met you.”
Lesley – (Sydney)
“Rarely have I met a person who has such a fine balance of wisdom, knowledge, compassion and humility. I am continually amazed and inspired by where our sessions go and what I come away with.
Mark has laser precision when it comes to identifying what most needs to be addressed and persisting calmly and gently to ensure that I stay focused on the outcome that I want to achieve.
Mark’s generosity, insight and guidance have been instrumental in helping me overcome some limiting mindsets and take tangible steps towards moving closer to my goals and desired outcomes for my business.
I am so grateful for the learning and experience of working with Mark.”
Alison Pate – Head of Guest Relations | Business Services | Macquarie Group
“Mark, intrinsically has these amazing skills of knowing how to bring out the best in everyone – both personally and in their business.
He has great insight into processes and I would be most surprised if there is anyone who would not gain heaps from working with him.
His calm, non judgemental, reflective personality (injected with humour) makes him very easy to work with.
If you would like to do something exceptional, you need to be exceptional and be coached by someone who is exceptional. Mark’s skills certainly fit this bill.
Every time I spend a day with Mark, not only are there immediate changes in the way I approach my business and the processes therein, there are sound growth strategies implemented and returns that I never imagined.
It would be hard to imagine that everyone would not get this same value should they chose to work with Mark.”
Danielle Chiel – CEO Danielle Chiel Knitwear
“Mark is a smart and insightful businessman with a unique ability to recognise and capitalise on opportunity.
He has an amazing ability to create, unite and motivate teams to produce practical business outcomes.
Mark comes with my highest recommendation!”
Craig West – CEO Succession Plus
“Mark is a Thought Leader. He understands business and the human drivers that make succeeding in business a challenge. He is a 21st century renaissance man with business smarts, creative production talents and a well-honed soul. I enjoy any time I get to spend with Mark and highly recommend him to you if you want a smart, 360 degree sounding board.”
Matt Church – CEO Thought Leaders
“On rare occasions I’ve had the privilege to work with creative individuals whose experience, capabilities and approach don’t fit easily into any predefined box. Mercurial people whose enigmatic approach makes a dynamic and significant contribution to the lives of those they touch.
Mark is one of those rare and gifted contributors. He perceives life through multiple lenses and in doing so brings a myriad of perspectives to any project he’s working on.
From the ‘hard’ disciplines of business analysis, business process and business performance to the ‘harder’ perspectives of leadership, philosophy and life purpose, Mark has the ability to tap into his client’s deepest needs, issues and opportunities to unearth new, unique and powerful paths towards intelligent, intuitive, productive and rewarding futures. Expect the unexpected!”
Paul Macklin – CEO Amazing People
“Mark is an extraordinary human being. Behind his quiet and thoughtful demeanor is a beautiful mind, full of endless possibilities.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mark at a Business Acceleration Incubator. With Mark listening intently during many discussions, he delivered his untimely wisdom to me, culminating in stretching my mind to bring forth what I would love in my life and business. There was no decision to make, I wanted to work with Mark.
Beginning the journey with Mark, completely focusing on my visions over a few days, it is difficult for me to remember who I was before. His business strategies, coupled with his passion for creative entrepreneurship have inspired me to move mountains – watch out world!
There is no mistake that I met Mark at the crossroads of life and am honoured to call him my Mentor and friend.”
Sandy Simmons – CEO Simply Better Health
People like and trust Mark and want to do business with him.
He is a one of a kind thinker and doer and a lucky break for anyone fortunate enough to access his resources.”
Frank Paul – CEO Moneytree Partners
“You nailed it for me!
From your keen insight into my current circumstances to where I want to take my career, business and creativity, you have personally set a new course for my life!
Yes grand words indeed, but you cannot imagine how your directed and specific ideas have opened new and amazing possibilities and more importantly real results.
Since our last meet up, creativity is operating at 1000%, business has clearer and more succinct strategies and happiness…well….immeasurable.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, may all the good blessings shower down on you!”
Jane Monica-Jones – CEO Postcards From Around The World
“I’ve had a successful career managing change in all kinds of contexts, and I know that the biggest obstacles to a person creating what they want in life come from within. It takes particular talents to be able to see a person’s vision, help them discover their path to it, and lovingly guide them to seeing their own obstacles and stepping out of them to achieve their greatness. Mark has those talents in abundance.
I met and became friends with Mark at a time of significant change in almost every aspect of my life, and it didn’t take me long to realise how fortunate I was that our paths had crossed.
In a very short time, Mark was able to help me get clear on my vision for what I wanted to create in life and in business and set me on a path of action towards it, and, of infinitely more value to me, was and continues to be able to see whenever I’m getting in my own way of achieving what I set out to!
Although I may not always thank him when the mirror is turned to face me, I am eternally grateful for his ability to do so both honestly and lovingly, for with awareness comes the ability to change and choose differently and I know that it will be the changes I make within myself that will have the most impact on making the change that I want to in the world.
Mark’s passion for inspiring and helping people transform comes through so clearly in how he works. He has traveled the journey for himself, so speaks with the wisdom of experience and walks his talk. He is also very intelligent and has entrepreneurial creativity in spades.
From my perspective though, his greatest gift is his insight, he has an extraordinary ability to see to the truth of a matter in seconds and communicates what he sees honestly.
With all of that he is also very humble, playful and a joy to be around. He will no doubt continue to make a significant difference in my life and in the lives of many others with his work.”
“Mark is a terrific mentor. His down to earth attitude, makes him extremely easy to talk to.
His incredible business knowledge and strategic thinking has personally guided me to a new level. He has really opened my eyes to thinking outside the square.
Mark’s mentoring sessions have supported our team produced a marketing plan that has already had a significant impact (in one case alone we increased conversions by more than 50%).
With Mark’s guidance we have adjusted our whole business strategy which will enable us to significantly build on the momentum already established.”
Daniella McGregor – Head of Sales & Marketing – Trading Pursuits Pty Ltd
“We have built our business over the last 10 years and now have a staff of 10 and a multimillion-dollar turnover. During this time, we have worked with business coaches and mentors encompassing a wide range of experience and modalities. Whilst we understood the value in engaging a business coach / mentor, we had not found someone who could provide the comprehensive support we required to continue growing and expanding our company.
At a challenging time in our corporation’s evolution, Mark has brought to us both a holistic approach and a wealth of practical knowledge based on his real life experience building his own businesses.
We appreciate Mark’s active approach to helping us change and restructure our business and the direct manner in which he calls it as he see’s it.
When working with our team Mark’s experience and ability to engage on every level has enabled us to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in an encouraging and non-confrontational manner.
I am delighted to recommend Mark to anyone wanting to take their business to the next level.”
Andrew Blenkinsop – CEO Absolute Creative
“Mark is one of the most creative people I have met and through his inspiring ideas can help to create some very extraordinary growth in a business.
Mark is passionate, courageous, strong and very intuitive and these aspects can bring a new perspective that may change or enhance the direction of any business.
It takes someone like Mark to expand a business’s thinking so that it can do extraordinary things.”
Maurice Goldberg – CEO Ark Group
“He sees through doubt, uncertainty and fear and instead firmly holds a space for your authentic power and vision to be given expression and realised in the world.
He has jumped into life with adventure, curiosity and love and as such, his humility captivates, creates and transforms both himself and other people around him.
Mark is a pioneer of a new way of living and doing business, moving away from the hard and compromising masculine structures of the past into one where both love and success are the new formula for today’s up-to-date and conscious leader.”
Gisele Gambi – CEO Dare to be Remarkable
“I’ve known Mark close on 10 years and have seen him in action on many occasions.
He is extremely considered and recalls lessons from his past to ensure practical application of those learnings in the current situation.
His very broad industry and business base allows him to easily translate situations and identify the best course of action.
I recommend that you meet Mark and decide for yourself.”
Ian Jordon – Director – The Selector Group
To Whom It May Concern
Some years ago I met Mark Falzon and for a time helped him with his business.
During that time we established a good personal relationship and we have kept in contact.
Mark is a very nice person, a good family man, engaging, enthusiastic and creative.
I understand that Mark is now planning a new career move and I am happy to speak for him.
I certainly do wish him all the best for the future.
Bill Loewenthal – ACA ACIS
Current and previous roles include
Director of a number of private organisations
Associate Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary
Chief Executive Industrial Equity Limited (I.E.L.)
Deputy Chairman I.E.L
Board member of companies including: Woolworths Ltd, Southern
Farmers Ltd, Tozer Kemsley & Millbourn Holdings Ltd (U.K.) and
Higbee Inc (U.S.)
Non-executive director of companies including National Foods Ltd,
Country Road Ltd (Chairman), Walker Corporation Ltd (Chairman) and
Australian Consolidated Investments Ltd (Chairman)
“I met Mark Falzon more than 10 years ago when he first joined the Ark Group as the General Manager. Mark quickly grew Ark and expanded the business into a group of companies covering financial planning, mortgage broking, real estate, marketing and events. I joined Mark as the General Manager of Pulse Property, the Group’s real estate division, after a couple of years.
Mark had an incredible knack of finding, recruiting and developing an amazing group of people. He surrounded himself with exceptional team members that he helped to inspire and support so that they could achieve their full potential. The Group expanded rapidly and was listed in the BRW Fast 100 several years running. It was a unique business model in the Australian investment landscape integrating residential investment real estate into a wholistic financial plan. It had a strong and unique marketing strategy that delivered results both directly to its own clients and to a much broader client base through a network of national business partners.
Mark’s key strengths were his creativity, tenacity and ability to bring high quality people together in an inspiring and transforming environment. Working at Ark Group was a rewarding and exciting time for myself and many of the other key executives. Working with and knowing Mark has been a pleasure.”
Dr Tony Hayek – CEO Blue Wealth Property
“Mark is a unique individual who combines keen business understanding with personal sensitivity and awareness.
He is an excellent meeting moderator, able to thread through a room full of diverse interests and agendas to facilitate agreement.
I have always found him to be genuinely interested in people and in helping them to both understand themselves better and to crystallise and achieve their goals. This combined with a sense of humour and fun makes working with Mark an enjoyable and productive experience.”
Lyndon Driscoll – CEO Yaqara Group Limited
“I have worked with Mark as a strategic business mentor over the last six months ( having worked with him several times previously ) to provide strategic insight into the rapid growth of our business.
Mark’s strategic business focus and ability to really understand how best to drive value has added significant value to the business and made my experience far more enjoyable. I do not make any strategic decision before talking to Mark.”
Craig West – CEO Succession Plus
“Mark is truly a gift to the Planet in so many ways.
Mark does not just have a passion for business, but understands the Why behind the What.
He is able, with passion, to bring out the best in people around him and is a constant source of inspiration and spirit for people and businesses to unlock their destiny and the power to change circumstances around them.
Mark Falzon is a wonderful person and leader, but he will never be reasonable with the world as it is. He is an agent of change, in individuals, in relationships, in families, in personal wealth, in businesses generally and in the world at large.”
Bruce Robertson – National Sales and Marketing Manager CCM Group & Senior Minister Globe Church
“I can’t write a ‘brief recommendation’ for Mark Falzon … I can only write a 4000 page one … with heaps of stars and sprinkles on it. Mark is gobsmackingly awesome in a multitude of ways. A conduit, an interpreter of the multi-faceted aspects of business/life/dreams and everything that weaves between them. He encourages, explains and listens with infinite patience and wisdom. His knowledge and experience in the business of LIFE is refreshingly inspiring …. to say the least. I highly recommend Mark to anyone who wants to be successful … happy and have a balanced and beautiful life.”
Melanie Curry – CEO Singing Creek
“Mark is a truly gifted visionary that works exceptionally well building and developing a team. He sees the big picture and has brilliant ideas which, when implemented, will see a business blossom. Mark is creative to his fingertips and has the ability to grasp issues quickly and then deliver you with ideas to grow massive value.
Mark works from the heart and only on projects that he believes in.
I believe that a business owner that gets to work with Mark will achieve significant growth that comes from his vision and ideas.”
Ivan Kaye – CEO Business Strategies International