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Mark Ferris

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Chairman, Argonaut Technologies Ltd.

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In Business...

I was based in Japan for almost 20 years where I founded or co-founded technology / service / consulting businesses. On three occasions, I exited these businesses by way of trade sale. 

1995: Managing Director / Shareholder (100%)       Ferris & Associates Tokyo, Japan (Consulting firm - focused on Japan market entry and growth

2000: Partner / Shareholder (23%), Building2 LLC, Tokyo, Japan (Private equity investors with a portfolio of 11 companies in Japan and USA some of which were sold to third party investors in successful trade sales)

2007: Chairman / Shareholder (66%) Ascendant Business Solutions KK, Tokyo, Japan (Business solutions and consulting firm serving clients such as Caterpillar, Boeing, Mercedes, Alcon etc. Sold to TRICOR – www.tricorglobal.com)

CURRENT: Chairman / Shareholder (100%) Argonaut Technologies INC. Hong Kong (Investment vehicle for business and technology projects)

Governance roles, memberships etc.

Member, Brisbane Angels,

Member, Australia Institute of Company Directors,

Business Mentor (Queensland Government Mentoring for Growth)

Business Mentor (iLab)

Philanthropy

Founder, Director (unpaid) Shine On! Kids, Tokyo, Japan http://www.sokids.org/ (Registered non-profit organisation supporting children with cancer in Japan and raising in exces of US$ 1 million per annum)

Director, Sunshine Coast Marathon, Sunshine Coast, Australia (Registered non-profit organisation supporting various Sunshine Coast-based charities)

Music

Composer / producer on various musical projects including Shine On! Songs Volume 1, an album of songs featuring artists such as Julian Lennon, Maxi Priest, Big Phat Band, Monday Michiru, Sir Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Rie fu etc. www.shineonsongs.org

Winner of Pacific Opera Vocal Writing Prize: http://www.pacificopera.com.au/whats-on/vocal-writing-prize

 Director, Syn Corporation KK, a music production company based in Tokyo www.syn.co.jp

Member, Nashville Songwriters Association

Investor in Musical Theatre including:

Somewhere in Time: http://www.somewhereintime.com/

From Here to Eternity: http://www.fromheretoeternitythemusical.com/

Kinky Boots: http://www.kinkybootsthemusical.com/

 

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