Mark Wright is a businessman entrepreneur possessing a wide-angled and original outlook as well as diverse multidisciplinary knowledge and skill. My leadership style is based on active involvement, listening, and open communication, empowerment of all stakeholders and on establishing conditions where everyone can cooperate and perform at their best. I enjoy motivating people, delving into new areas, analysing it from multiple non-orthodox angles and finding creative and synergistic solutions to the challenges it poses.
I have acquired my experience in building and managing businesses and organisations through hard work, international travel, ongoing self education, and being highly proactive, I’m always learning and always asking questions. I enjoy being with people from diverse disciplines and cultures, religions and political views, however I reserve the right to manage if given the authority or position to do so. My core "buzz" thrive is based on finding solutions to problems and delivering the results.
I am a UK trained and qualified Management Consultant, with a hands on background originally trained as an Agricultural Engineer (don’t knock it!) and the youngest UK Dealer Service Manager for JCB at 26,I have worked overseas on and off for many of my 31 working years. I have country experience in the following places having been a Regional Manager for a large American Corporate, covering Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Russia & India, Nigeria, Ghana. I have also set up businesses and have start up skills having formed new Vehicle Operations in Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Ghana. (Land Rover & Rover, Leyland DAF, Fiat, Mitsubishi, New Holland & Hitachi etc)
I can help you or your business with: Senior Executive Development, Executive Board Inspiration, High Level Problem Solving, Strategic Direction, Implementation, Mentoring, Consultancy, International Trade,
- Full time
- Part time
- One time
Managing Consultant Viragecint,
Virage Consultancy International
December 2010 - December 2010
Using my selected area of specialist skills as a UK Trained and Accredited Management Consultant I have now established an operational office in Moscow (Russian Federation). Recent projects included working with several high profile Russian based businesses in Agriculture, Investments, Automotive, Green Energy, Oil and Gas and Construction plus Civil Engineering. I have also gained private clients in the gold, diamonds and fine art sector.
In January 2011, Virage opened up a dedicated office in Moscow with Russian, European and International Partners offering the following services.
• Venture Capital & B to B Investment consulting.
• Business Investment management.
• Offshore company formation.
• Wealth management working with 16 internationally recognised Institutes and Banks.
• International and Russian Legal services.
We can now also offer full business plan writing and production or translate BP and other documents..
Please note we can now offer full IFA services to Expatriates and Russian Nationals please contact me directly for further details. Working with many independent Investment Consultants & other leading UK companies. I can also offer private introduction to Swiss Banks and Private Banks in Italy.
Venture Capital loans available from $500K to $500 Million from eight contracted Merchant Banks and Investment boutiques.
You will also be pleased to know that Virage have a joint venture partner that is well established in Russian and CIS markets and can offer extensive market and business intellegence if anyone requires this service.
International Personal Finance House (IFA)
July 2010 - December 2010
Working as a Partner in the Moscow Operation of an International Personal Finance House (IFA)
Management Consultancy Career (Overveiw)
May 2008 - May 2008
My Management Consultancy background draws on many skill sets gained in many management and senior positions in various business sectors:
I have in my past: Established entire Sales, Service and Distribution Operation with multilevel sales outlets, for a dedicated tool and equipment business. (U.K) M.J.P. Service Tools Ltd.
Generated personal sales of $3 million USD in 12 month period. (U.A.E) SPX.
Set up production facility in Thailand for Land Rover Defender knock down kit assemble.
Set up Regional office in Dubai, U.A.E. for a (Fortune 500) U.S.A. Automotive Company. Full control over 17 countries and 39 accounts, liaising with 8 manufacturing operations in 6 countries. (Based Dubai, U.A.E) SPX Corporation U.S.A
Implemented 2 U.N. aid packages for Fire Tenders and Farm Machinery. (Ghana) A.A.L
Top selling sales executive (team of 20) in 4 months from starting position.
Established After Sales Operation in 3 cities of Saudi Arabia within 14 months from a zero base.; Restructured after sales operation performance up by 60% and customer satisfaction by 55% for vehicle importer's operation. (Thailand) Thai Ultimate Car Company.
Successfully completed and ran a military evaluation test for Land Rover products in the Middle East leading to a fleet order for 1200 vehicles, including full service and parts support.; Land Rover Group.
Restructured an after sales division, reducing operational costs by 25%, staff by 20% and increasing gross margin by 53% in less than 12 months. (U.K) Watling JCB.
My consultancy clients have been from varied and diverse Industries these include: Bespoke Porcelain Manufacturers, a New F1 and a well established F1 teams, Wind Energy Companies, Vehicle Logistics Support (For Tesco and Morrison’s) Finance House’s seeking presence in the Eastern Block, Farming Conglomerates’, Lighting Manufacturers,Teaching Organisations, Media and the Music Industry.
Accredited Associate of the IIB .
May 2008 - May 2008
Accredited Associate of the Institute for Independent Business (AInstIB).
The Institute for Independent Business (IIB) is a not-for-profit research, training and accreditation organisation, it is not a consultancy.
Now utlising the power of our fantastic network to bring training and research to East European Business.
Virage C Consultants
From May 2008
Senior Management Consultant (UK & EU)
Virage C Management Consultant
May 2007 - June 2010
Trained as an Associate of the IIB I used my 31 years practical Industrial and commercial business experience to help develop young and old small businesses, Using my hands on approach I developed a small consultancy practice. During my working life I have educated myself during evenings and through correspondences courses while carrying on full time employment from the age of 16.
My core career emphasis in, Automotive, Technology, Construction Equipment and Export Sales and Service. Directly involved in all aspects of strategy and implementation.
20 years experience as GM, MD, MDO. Experience bridges both private industry and large corporate institutions in both consumer and commercial fields, nationally and internationally.
Good negotiation skills and identifier/closer of opportunities. Conversant with technology, budgeting and finance, with a bias towards Sales and Marketing. Entrepreneurial in my outlook and style.
Extensive International European travel.
UK Sales Manager, Director designate (UK)
September 2006 - August 2007
UK & Eire Sales & Marketing Manager (Director Designate,)
Managed field sales team and distributors.
Responsible for the Eire Service and Sales Network.
Electronic Test Equipment into the Automotive Industry.
UK sale's figures increased by 32% in the period I was with the Company due to new marketing and networking methods.
Supported the European Development Manager based in Amsterdam.
Had major traffic accident in 2007 that finished my career with them..
Sales Managing Director (UK)
M.J.P Services Tools Limited UK
December 2002 - September 2006
(Vehicle Service Equipment, Tools, Generators and General DIY equipment)
We also sold Quad bikes, Body Shop Equipment had large web sales, had large and diverse client base.
Controlled all van and Internet sales.
Set up the business myself with just £20K and had a £900K turnover business in 3 years.
Due to unforseen familiy circumstances the business was wound up in 2006.
General Manager 18 staff (UK)
B & S Motors Salop (UK)
September 2001 - December 2002
Large specialist car service dealer with contractural obligations to AA, Greenflag RAC and other rescue network carried out support duties to three Police Forces.
We also carried out classic car restoration, new truck builds and vehicle diagnostics.
Regional Sales Manager (Based ,U.A.E)
March 1997 - September 2001
Working across 17 countries, 39 accounts, 8 operational Head offices in six countries and four time Zones.
SPX automotive diagnostic equipment and other solutions cover the most technologically advanced vehicles and systems used in agriculture, aerospace/aviation, marine, mass transit and more, and serve original equipment manufacturers, aftermarket suppliers and vehicle manufacturers around the world.
Spent several months working in the European operations and had extensive time 25% in USA and Europe. gained valuable knowledge in electronics as well. gained extensive knowledge of vehicle diagnostics systems and
International business during this period including studying in electronics.
Set up regional office for SPX back in 1997 from zero base covered 17 Countries from DUBAI, personal sales in excess of $3 million USD a year. I also developed a service network and regional training for SPX in five countries.
Distributor General Service Manager (Ghana)
AAL & IAL
January 1996 - February 1997
Largest Car, Heavy Equipment and Truck Importer in West Africa based in Accra Ghana, headed service and parts operation. Managed two UN aid Projects.
Was responsible for all service and parts systems and had a work force in excess of 80.
Our Franchise included:Fiat Cars, Mitsubishi Cars, Trucks and Heavy Equipment, Leyland Trucks, Dynapac, Hitachi Heavy Equipment and New Holland Fiat Agricultural Equipment we also gave technical support for Carmichael Fire appliances having supplied Ghana Fire Service with 20 tenders and rescue Vehicles.
I left Ghana early after having a horrific experience of being held hostage to a Hijack in the outer regions of Accra City .
Regional Sales Manager 60 accounts (UK)
Fiat Auto UK
September 1995 - December 1995
National Account Manager sellling and supporting within Dealer Network.
After Sales Manager 3 service operations (Middle East & Thailand)
Rover Group Overseas
May 1993 - August 1995
Worked as a retained After-Sales and Technical support Manager for Rover Group, Land Rover, Range Rover and Rover cars. Worked in Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
The service operation in Thailand had in excess of 200 operatives directly under my control, In Saudi Arabia the entire Parts and Service operation was developed from zero base by myself and three service and parts operations set up in just 12 months.
I opened negotiations, supported and completed a large commercial order for Land Rover for the Saudi Coastal Defence Forces part of the Saudi Arabia National Guard.
General Manager (UK)
June 1991 - April 1993
All sales and manufacturing.
Specialist fabrication company making truck and commercial vehicle bodies, trailers Industrial fabrication etc.
Service Manager (UK & USA)
March 1988 - May 1991
Worked initially for 18 months for the Manufacturer as Export Special Projects Engineer, Field Service Manager and Technical Trainer.
Worked in USA for JCB Inc as training instructor for 3 months.
Spent a period of time with Watling JCB as Group After-sales Manager the youngest UK Dealer Service Manager for JCB at 26.
My JCB Career was in four areas Export Service, Technical Training, Field Service Support and UK Dealer Management a very Interesting and fast moving career developed over 3 + years of of my life.
Field Service Engineer (UK) FHB & SMBC
FH Burgess Agriculture Engineers
September 1980 - March 1988
Trained as an Agricultural Engineer spent many years as a Field Service Engineer. (Working on Farm Machinery, Combine Harvester, Tractors, Diesel Engines, small Horticultural Machinery including Lawn and Turf Maintenance Equipment, Irrigation Machinery, Pumps Generators, Vegetable Packing Machinery, Milking Parlors, Extensive Fabrication, Welding, and Hydraulic work)
In doing this job gave me the possibility to learn how to think quickly in adverse situations coming up with fast efficient and cost effective results possibly the best hands on Engineering Job a young person could ever want.
I finally finished my hands on service career as Workshop Manager for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, while studing Management and Marketing.
14 dealers, 29 staff 2 departments
Agriculture Field Service Engineer 8 staff 2 depots.
Qualifications & Certifications
Warwickshire Moreton Morrell
Fairfax High School UK
M.I.M.I. & M.I. Ag Eng. C.I.M, M.I.A.E.A
Agricultural Engineering WCA, NEBSM, Aston University,
University of Warwick - Warwick Business School
Fairfax High School