Living by the scriptural motto “to whom much is given, much is required”, Mark Lay knows the meaning of having much, as well as little. Born into a blue-collar family, Mark utilized his prowess in basketball to open a door at Columbia University. From there, Mark worked his way into the world of wall street, where he successfully handled a slew of large-scale clients.
At the peak of his success, however, Mark faced unjust imprisonment during a state-wide financial scandal. Rather than being bitter about the 10 years of life taken from him, Mark has used his own story as a launchpad to help others. Whether tackling food deserts or workforce development, Mark strives to make a positive and lasting impression on everyone he meets.
Be sure to listen in for this can’t-miss episode. In addition to sharing his incredible life story, Mark talks about the importance of forgiveness, why networking is so impactful, and how his personal faith has guided him.
- "I really didn’t know I was poor until I got to Colombia. I thought the fact that I was the first kid on my block to have a Schwinn bike made me rich until my first college roommate said ‘Yeah my dad owns Korean Airlines and I have a Porsche’” (8:45 - 8:59)
- “Life is about taking advantage of opportunities as we’re given them” (9:10 - 9:14)
- “When I meet someone, I want them to either say, ‘I don’t want to talk to him again ever because he’s a total idiot, or I want them to say he’s the brightest guy I’ve ever met in my life. I really want to do business with him, I really want him in my life, I really want to know him.’ Those people in the middle we forget.” (12:46 - 13:04)
- “That’s the mission I’m on, to really be able to make a difference across the country in the lives of men and women in these distressed communities and let them know that there is hope” (26:52 - 27:01)
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