From Adversities to Entrepreneurship:
Mark Juarez

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 · 9:00 AM –  Mark Juarez

 Mark Juarez, CEO of The Happy CompanyAs part of our new “Success Stories” series, SFPCN is very proud to welcome entrepreneur, CEO, and inventor Mark Juarez.
Published writer, designer, teacher, certified masseur and avid cyclist, Mark established The Happy Company in 1992, with his personal savings of $22,000.
Within three years, the company was earning $20 million and garnering the number five slot on the “Top Ten Companies” list for Northern California. It rose to the number two position on the “Top Ten Fastest Growing Companies” list in the Bay Area in 1996.
Happy Massager, his flagship product, was the world’s best-selling massage tool. Through The Happy Company, Juarez has invented and managed the development cycle of more than one hundred products, trademarks, and copyrights. The inspiration behind his products was to introduce what he calls “the caring touch” to the world and that touch extended him into the non-profit sector.

Well known for his ability to successfully innovate products with ‘character,’ Juarez is living proof of two concepts: first, that it is possible to achieve the ultimate balance between profitable business management and social responsibility.The second, that there is no such thing as an impossible dream. Juarez overcame dyslexia and a disadvantaged upbringing with a strong belief that work is LOVE made visible, and INTEGRITY comes before profits; ethics which he incorporates in his company and everyday living.

The second, that there is no such thing as an impossible dream. Juarez overcame dyslexia and a disadvantaged upbringing with a strong belief that work is LOVE made visible, and INTEGRITY comes before profits; ethics which he incorporates in his company and everyday living.

Through his travels, he experienced first hand the power of pursuing a dream that benefits others, and the value of sincere gratitude. This became his greatest motivation to continually create and sustain a healthy and happy work environment in which all can work collaboratively together to succeed and thrive.

Juarez is a regular guest teacher at prestigious universities such as Stanford, USC, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco State University. He is also an internationally acclaimed public speaker to businesses and non-profit associations worldwide.

Juarez and his products have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Small Business Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Atlanta Journal, among hundreds of other print, television, and other media outlets.

Juarez recently published “Charlie’s THINKING CHEESE” to inspire community projects, healthier living styles, and cross-generational dialogues. Mark’s current projects include a health retreat and community focused on personal growth in the Mt Shasta area, and designing innovative, efficient, low-cost, and environmentally conscious houses.

Please join us as Mark shares his unique and inspiring success story.

 

 
 
Lecture Participant Feedback:
 
 

Dixie

 
— Dixie Posted 9/27/2011 at 2:45 PM
LOVED this speaker! So much energy and enthusiasm, it was a non-stop ride…and what a story! This man is a powerful storyteller. Please bring more success stories our way, please!

Sarah

 
— Sarah R Posted 9/27/2011 at 9:35 PM
Mark was a great speaker and his generous spirit was infectious. I need to restart my jobsearch/creation and today’s meetup was a great starting point. Thanks to Ann for bringing him to the group.

Madeleine

 
— Madeleine Posted 9/27/2011 at 10:35 PM
Mark’s an original !! An inspiration !! A genuine Soul … w/ a heart as engaging and powerful as one could hope for !!! His humor … joyous and refreshing !!!! Definitely, timely !! And, in all his kindness and generosity, Mark, also, brought wonderful gifts to share w/ us all!

Kimberly

 
— Kimberly Scherer  Posted 9/28/2011 at 10:00 PM
Mark’s story is very inspirational and proves how successful one can be when they get out of their own way and proceed in a targeted, decisive manner on achieving their goals.

Jim Dowling

 
— Jim Dowling Organizer 9/27/2011
A truly special morning at Valencia Gardens with Mark Juarez enchanting the membership with a story of perseverance, creativity, love, and a whole lot of humor. Thank you Mark for spreading your message that EVERYTHING is an opportunity for good.

Mark: Thank you for so thoroughly energizing our membership with your spirit,enthusiasm and deep ability to care for others. I am so grateful there are Mark Juarez’s sprinkled throughout the world to inspire and lead by how they live. I will contact you again. In the meantime, if there is anything I can do for you please allow me the opportunity to help you.

All my best, Jim Dowling

Hello Mark, I hear the talk you gave at SFPCN last week was a great success. As I expected, you inspired and uplifted many people by relating your experiences and sharing your unique products. It as my great regret to miss your presentation, but I am content to know that it had such a positive effect on the group.

Thank you again for taking the time to talk to our organization. I hope to remain in touch and to have you back again at a future date.All the best,

All the best,

Anne Campagnet-Reed
Assistant Organizer San Francisco Professional Career Network

http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Professional-Career-Network/events/34103402/