Mark Holyoake is often sought out for his insight on private equity investments and residential and commercial real estate trends. He is the owner of Oakvest Holdings, which has been focusing on private equity investment in the food sector industry since 2010. The fund also works in real estate acquisitions.
Holyoake was recently interviewed for IdeaMensch to share some of his insights on what it takes to develop a successful fund and how he broke into the food industry. His background in business is quite impressive and includes his investment in Iceland’s oldest and largest seafood markets about a decade ago. He was able to provide the funding and resources that were needed to keep the company afloat and help it to thrive. This was a significant move in terms of saving jobs and spurring economic growth given the importance of the seafood industry in that region. Holyoake has enjoyed additional success in other food sector investments throughout Europe.
When asked about his pursuits outside of his private fund, Holyoake says that his primary goal is to spend as much quality time with his family (a wife and three daughters) as possible. He also makes time to read insightful books. Holyoake is particularly drawn to anything written by the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma. The best advice that Holyoake says he has to offer to other budding entrepreneurs is to be prepared to fail and not let it deter them from pursuing great business ideas. He also thinks that it is important to surround yourself with talented people who can be trusted to make difficult decisions. Being able to trust partners and employees with responsibility is the key to an entrepreneur having enough time and energy to clearly think through important strategic decisions for the long-term growth of the business. Click here to learn more