On Friday the 8th of September, GYG founder Steven Marks was invited to talk to a Year 12 Business Studies class at St. Vincent’s Catholic College in Darlinghurst before they sat their final Year 12 exams.
Steven told the story of his working history, from his corporate background as stockbroker to how he moved to Australia and noticed a gap in the Aussie food market – quality Mexican food. When Mr. David Woolbank (the girls’ teacher) mentioned that he also came from a corporate background, the classroom was filled with roars of laughter and groans. We guess Dave has dropped this piece of information in class once or twice before.
The class covered the four main departments of an organisation – operations, marketing, finance and human resources. Steven told the girls that no facet of the business was more important than another. They have to move as a whole and work together. But every department has to be water-tight. He has to know where money is being made and where it’s being lost.
He also talked about the future of the business. Admittedly, there were a few other head office employees there to make sure he didn’t get overexcited and “pull a Steven” by spilling the beans on the company’s upcoming secret projects. However he did mention the company’s plans to make GYG a global brand and eventually go public.
The girls were extremely intrigued by his story, how he created the brand and most of all, by the free burritos, guac & chips and fries that he brought along.
He concluded by saying that his life as a stockbroker wasn’t fulfilling. He came from nothing and watched his mother struggle to raise him, his twin and his disabled brother. It was this drive that motivated him to work hard and make a name for himself. But it “wasn’t enough to make a shitload of money” (his words, not mine!) – “you have to have a purpose and use your success to make a positive change in the world.” For Steven, this ranged from using free-range chicken to funding Misión México Children’s Charity.
He told the girls that they could do anything they wanted to, so long as they put their minds to it and worked hard. They had every opportunity in the world to succeed in life. And with two girls of his own, it was his dream to use GYG’s success to make sure that every girl in the world had this opportunity.
You could see the girl’s eyes light up. They weren’t just motivated to do well in their high school exams. They were motivated to go out and become entrepreneurs who could use their success to make positive changes in the world.
Good luck in the HSC girls and thanks for having us! Feel free to reach out to us should you want to do an internship in your final semester of University!