Jonathan Marks, simply known as Jon to most, has been working at MHG Consulting for just about a year. Upon graduating from Franklin and Marshall in May 2014, Jon started as an account representative, only to quickly be promoted. Jon has learned a lot of the ins and outs of business as well as developed a lavish skill set. We are proud to offer him the spotlight.
Steph: “Jon, you graduated in May of 2014. It’s now almost a year later and I would say you’ve come pretty far! To help out the upcoming graduating class, what would you say your vision is at this point in time? And how did this past year’s experience with MHG Consulting help to develop that vision?”
Jon: “What I realized coming out of college was I had no clue what I wanted to do. All I knew was I wanted to teach people and I liked biology. I figured I learned all of this stuff and maybe I’ll be able to teach someone in the future. I chose biology because it interested me and my professors kept me interested and engaged. Going to class wasn’t a chore to me, it was something that I enjoyed doing. This is what made me realize that I want to be that person that can spark interest in people I’m able to teach. So whether that means being a professor or some sort of leader in some sort of business, I want to be able to spark that interest to help people create something better for themselves.
As soon as I started working at MHG Consulting and got promoted, I saw that I AM able to do that! I’m interested in what we do as a company and am able to transfer that knowledge to others within the company. Since I’ve been working here, I’ve broadened my business and entrepreneurial mindset as well as my communication skills. For me I’m a very vocal and communicative person but a new skill I learned here was how to speak in a different field, in a more professional way. Working at MHG has helped me to develop a pretty extensive skill set and I found a career for myself that I never thought I would find.”
Steph: “If you could pick anyone in your life, who would you say has made the biggest impact on you and been your biggest inspiration?”
Jon: “I would have to say my mom! Since I can really remember, she’s gone through a lot of hardships. She’s failed a lot, if you want to call it that. What I’ve seen from her, is every time an obstacle comes about, she figures out a way to overcome the obstacle, or as we say in the office, winners find a way to win, she finds a way to win.
For example, she was laid off from one of her jobs in an advertising position. This helped her realize though, that her true passion is helping people with music. She started her own company teaching piano and knew this was what she’s wanted to do. Randomly, she was talking to my Rabbi, and he mentioned a teaching position. Long story short, she realized teaching and music were her two biggest passions and still currently runs her own business teaching people piano as well as is a music teacher in my old Hebrew school. More than finding a way to win, she found what made her happy and win!”
Steph: “That’s an incredible story! What an inspiration! I’m sure your Mom’s successful career has had an impact on you. Kids always have this idea in their mind of what they were going to be when they grow up–what was your dream job as a child?”
Jon: “Well, besides being the President of the United States, and an astronaut, and taking over the world–I have always wanted to be a fire fighter.”
Steph: “Wow, that is so crazy. While I was drawing up these questions, I thought to myself, I think that this man had dreams of being a firefighter! Have you ever fought fires before?”
Jon: “HaHa! No, I’ve never fought fires before. But I’ve seen that there is a selfish aspect in a lot of positions. For instance, many jobs require people to hit certain quotas, or help people but still get paid for it. Firefighting is a position where it is all positive and completely about helping other people. Their job IS to SAVE people – and cats! – they are one of few positions that require their lives to be put on the line and risk their own well being to help others. It’s such a gratifying and selfless job. 9/11 is a great example. Firefighters from all over flocked to the city and look what happened to them–they got sick, lung cancer, all sorts of ailments, but they still continued to help anyway.”
Steph: “Do you feel like the idea of being a firefighter has helped you in other aspects of your life?”
Jon: “Yeah, I really try to use the mentality of being a firefighter in business. I constantly remind myself of how rewarding it is to help others and help them overcome their own obstacles and learn new things.”
Steph: “Coming off of that, what made you choose MHG?”
Jon: “I guess it would be two different things. The first is the people and the environment. From the second I walked in the door–no, from the second I spoke on the phone with KaiYan (one of our administrators) and had a 30 minute conversation with her, I just knew that the vibe was positive. I was so sick of calling places and talking to secretaries that hated their jobs. When I called KaiYan, she cared! I came to MHG and what excited me from day one was regardless of anything, every person cared about one another and each other’s development and well-being. I realized developing others will help me and it just creates a sense of mutual benefits. I’ve played a lot of sports as a kid and what attracted me then and now is the camaraderie of the team.”
Steph: “Oh yeah, there is plenty of camaraderie at MHG! Alright, Jon, lets get to know a little bit more about you…
3 things would you have on a deserted island:
1. Tablet fully stocked with books, movies & TV shows
2. Sunscreen — my pigment is too light!
3. My puppy Teddy!
Favorite Movie : Step Brothers
Who would you be star stricken by? Michael Jordan
Favorite Sports Teams : Jets, Mets, Islanders & Knicks
Pets : Teddy, 7 month old poodle shi-tzu & Oti, 10 year old poodle bichon
Dream Destination: Outer Space, Jupiter specifically
Favorite Snack at the Movies : Sour Patch Watermelon
Favorite Meal To Cook : Mac-&-cheese
Steph: “You’re making me hungry right now! Alright Jon, let’s bring it back home. What would be one piece of advice that you would give to the upcoming graduating class of 2015?”
Jon: “You need to keep an open mind. You don’t have to be stuck in a box because you’re not going to build on your own skill set or grow as a person. Whether that growth be in a physical, mental, spiritual or social aspect, you want to stretch your mind and your comfort zone. The second piece of advice that I’ve learned from others at MHG Consulting is if you have a good work ethic, keep a positive attitude and push through any adversities, you are GOING to be successful. Look at Mark Cuban, Ghandi, President Obama–the people that we talk about every single day–the thing that separates those successful people from unsuccessful people is a stellar work ethic and attitude. Regardless of major, background, or experience level, if you remember to keep a positive attitude and an impeccable work ethic, you will be successful!”
We thank you, Jon for all of your hard work and dedication! We look forward to seeing you continue to develop and help spread your knowledge through teaching and helping others!