Leadership is not about titles, positions or bubbles charts it’s about one life influencing another. Success isn’t the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing and you work hard you will be successful.
— Gavin Walsh, CEO
What’s your background?
I was brought up in an army family so I never really grew up with a place I could call “home”. I grew up in Blackpool, London, Germany, Northern Ireland, Liverpool and Leeds. My father served 26 years in the armed forces and my mother is in the education sector. I’m the oldest of two children. I studied applied sports psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, England, I gained precious life experience while at university but after graduating I didn’t see myself going down the Psychology route.
What roles have you had before opening MarketStorm Global Limited?
I’ve had a wide range of experience before in my career from Football (Soccer), Bar work, Night club promotions where I developed the majority of my interpersonal and communication skills and most recently I’ve worked in direct sales and marketing field sales roles. I grasped that role really quickly and excelled in customer acquisitions this is what gave me the self-belief that I could develop and build a career working with people.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by success and competing to be the very best I can be. Success to me is having the freedom and the self-fulfilment of being proud of what you do, and of course with that come the financial benefits! I constantly strive to develop myself and those around me to be the best. I was brought up from a very young age with the belief that nobody ever remembers second best, and that failure is not an option. I want to give back what I was given in childhood plus more so I push myself every day to be in a position to do that.
What are your goals?
My goals are to give those around me the same opportunity I was given. It can be very easy to be caught up in your own successes, but I firmly believe success is decided and based on how successful you make others. I aim to do this by passing on my knowledge and experience by investing my time and expertise into those who surround me.
I want to develop, grow and continue to expand MarketStorm Global in the US, continue with the expansion in the UK and Europe while making sure we build solid foundations and a core for continued success and growth; and while doing this developing those around me. I want to take my family on an all-expense paid holiday. However, the destination is going to be “unknown” as I do not want to ruin the surprise!
Short Term – The immediate focus is to continue to help everybody within the company achieve their yearly goals within the last quarter of this year and for us an organization to achieve our 12 locations goal.
Mid Term- Within the next 2-3 years I am wanting our business to be in at least 25 states from East Coast to West Coast. I want to have retired my family, as well as adding 6-8 properties to my portfolio.
Long Term -Business wise I want a 150 office strong organisation with offices in the USA, South America, the UK and Ireland, Europe, Australia and Dubai within the next 4 years. The goal is simple, to help develop individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations. Success is setting a goal and achieving it, no matter how big or small. Personally, I want to be able to completely change my family tree and to be in a position to set my future family up for the rest of their lives, while taking my family to each continent of the globe visiting and sightseeing the seven wonders of the world! There is so much to see in the world, I feel we’re very limited in knowledge of what is out there, seeing is believing!
What are your hobbies?
Since moving to the States I’ve been an avid fan of Miami Heat, and the New York Mets Baseball team. However my passion will always be to to watch my beloved Huddersfield Town F.C (Soccer). Having played both professional and semi-professional football, of course I am still attached, so if and when the opportunity arrives I play football, while working out in the gym when I get chance, healthy body, and healthy mind. I love catching up with my family members being in a military background there is such a unique and special bond you develop, so I visit my family at every opportunity I get. I love socializing I follow the ethos work hard, play harder.