As an aspiring tycoon from a very young age, I was one of eight children in a family that battled to make ends meet. I learnt the value of accumulating wealth early in life and grew up with a strong desire to be successful and wealthy. My first enterprise was at the age of 12, and I became a multi-millionaire by 45.
My success journey started in New York where I worked and studied to be an architect, graduating with top honours. While I started my professional life as an architect, I always had a passion for business development, public speaking and wealth creation.
I came to Australia 28 years ago with a very small amount of money, but with immense enthusiasm and a think-big attitude. I arrived at 7:30am, started working at an Adelaide architectural office at 8:30am, and was appointed the associate director of the firm within three months. My life since, has been an amazing success story.
Architecture taught me the powers of visualisation and starting with the end in mind, which proved to be a catalyst in shaping my future successes. While designing and developing numerous multi-million-dollar projects for others, I built my own castles in the clouds. Life as an architect was stimulating and nurturing, but with minimum financial rewards. This left me feeling inspired but at the same time disenchanted and mystified. With an overdrawn back account and a family with three children to support, I decided to move on.
I immediately started my first venture in South Australia in 1977 with my wife, capitalising on the telecoms boom by manufacturing leather cases for mobile phones and hand-held electronics. Soon after I purchased a large office warehouse building, the company grew in revenues exponentially from $50, 000 in the first quarter to more than $15 million within two years of operation. As an offshoot of my first business, I started one of the largest telecommunications companies in Australia, MPC Communications in 1999, with retail outlets and corporate sales offices across Australia. I also owned a number of Telstra retail shops and developed several other companies in business services, call centres and sales and marketing solutions.
In the meantime, I established Advantex International in 2001 as I saw a definite need for a coaching and consulting business to help small to medium enterprise owners grow and re-invent their business. In 2005 I sold the telecommunications, manufacturing and services companies in several multi-million dollar deals, to concentrate my efforts on Advantex International which later became Advantex360 as we developed a 360-degree approach to a range of consultancy services for SME’s.
I’m grateful that success in business gave me the opportunity to make wonderful decisions, and to become fully invested in the current moment. It allowed me to add value to the lives of my loved ones and the people around me. Above all, I’m delighted that I have a creative wife and three bright highly educated children.