Secrets of my success (interview)

Mark and Jake were both acknowledged for their success, taking out the 2015 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Award (Professional Services).

Mark Deacon is Co-Director of Superdraft, the award-winning one-stop-shop for Architectural Design, Drafting, Structural Engineering, Land Surveying, Energy Reports, Building Cost Estimations and Construction Services.

Superdraft was founded by Jake Robinson in Perth in 2011. In 2013 Jake joined forces with Mark to each year and now comprises a team of over 100 nationwide, with offices in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

They undertake around 1,000 projects per year in both the Residential and Commercial sectors.

Mark and Jake were both acknowledged for their success, taking out the 2015 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Award (Professional Services).

Superdraft has been in business since 2011 and founded by Jake Robinson. I came on as Co-Director of the company in 2013 as part of a business merger between my current business at the time and Superdraft to enable expansion of the company to the Eastern States.

Our aim from the beginning has always been to provide our clients with a convenient one-stop-shop offering them everything they need to go from the start (idea) to finish (built structure), whilst educating our clients on the best way to complete their project.

We have seen the company evolve from been a single one-man show into an award-winning nationwide company comprising of a team of over 100 talented Architects, Building Designers, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Thermal Performance Assessors and Builders who successfully complete over 1000 projects per year (over $100million worth in construction value). We now operate in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

We were privileged to have been recognised for our success towards the end of last year taking out the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Professional Services) up against many other great, successful young leaders.

My main motivation is to leave an unstoppable legacy. It is what drives me through the obstacles and challenges that are associated with the business. It is about creating something great and leaving a positive footprint in this world which will have an influence on future generations.

Most people who have run their own business would agree, we wish we all had the secret roadmap that will get us to our final destination quickly and prevent taking a long way there through trial and error and having many costly lessons along the way. Yes, if I had my time again knowing what I know now I would definitely do certain things differently, however, there is no such thing as a mistake unless you don’t decide to learn something from it. It is all about enjoying the journey… something that I am constantly reminding myself of.

I am very fortunate to have fantastic mentors in my life. They are people who have been there and done it before me and have taught me things that can sometimes take a lifetime to learn. They have provided me with key parts of the road map to avoid dangers and making mistakes. One of the most important things they have taught me though is to maintain a work-life balance and to make sure family come first.

My faith is a very key part of who I am and I live by one very important scripture that gets me through all situations. “Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go – Joshua 1:9.”

One of our core beliefs is to use the gifts, talents and resources we have been given to make a positive impact on those less fortunate. We try to lead by example, which led us to start one of our other companies, Charity Build, along with a few other like-minded business leaders in the industry. Charity Build is a non-for-profit property development company that we started to encourage those from within the Construction and Property Industry to use their gifts, talents and resources through property development, with profits going to fund certain key charities that are close to our hearts.

I am fortunate to do a bit of travelling with work and for leisure and you know you live in a good part of the world when you look forward to coming home. I honestly can say we live in the best part of the world where we can experience the best of everything – the beach, city, hinterland, weather.

Our focus is to constantly improve our business and provide our clients with better service. At the moment we are focusing heavily on the Virtual Reality space to enable our clients to easily get involved in the design process and experience their dream home or project before it is even built. Our aim is to become the go-to place for Design and Build and continue to provide our clients with convenient end-to-end service to turn their dreams into a reality.

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