Identify Your Silver Linings: The Pursuit Of Professional & Personal Contentment



Mark Howley is the CEO and majority owner of Pacific Bag, Inc. in Woodinville, WA. Pacific Bag manufactures their patented one-way degassing valve (i.e. the little belly button in coffee bags) and supplies premade bags for specialty coffee roasters, and pet food companies throughout the world. The business, primarily a B2B concern, services over 5000 customers in over 60 countries. PBi celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.

Mark’s education and career started in suburban Philadelphia. His early twenties were personally rocky and mid-way through the 1980’s he found himself in a terrible situation. His mother had died of cancer and he subsequently realized alcohol and drugs were going to ruin him. He cleaned up (and remains clean and sober today), then started anew at the bottom rung in the sales world; telemarketing. His experience covers the full gamut of sales, marketing, product management, and executive management in his industry. He has spoken at events throughout the world and has written articles for industry magazines since the 1990’s. In addition to his professional experience and success, he has been married for over 25 years and is the father of five daughters.

Mr. Howley will talk about “Mark’s three P’s: Passion, People, and Perseverance.” This article provides a humorous, lively, and practical roadmap to identify your silver lining in the pursuit of professional and personal advancement and contentment.

  1. Passion: Passion was not easy to find in inside sales telemarketing. Mark wanted passion, but it did not come easily. He sought it out. He leaned into the work. By dedicating time to educating himself about each job and industry niche he found that passion. Business projects became more complex and personally rewarding. Mark eventually leveraged his passion to attract employees who appreciated his reliability, knowledgeable, and passion.
  2. People: It is impossible to achieve success and contentment without help from other people. Through the lens of small business management, Mark finds a path to trust in great people, people who want to work hard and people who remain loyal. Disappointment may be along that path but the best employees want the freedom to make decisions and display their skills. The lesson he learned is: he needed to extend loyalty to enjoy loyalty.
  3. Perseverance: Mark concludes with a summary of his personal life growing up with seven brothers and sisters in Philadelphia, and eventually becoming the father of five daughters. In his experience, the constant struggle between personal and professional goals can create enormous emotional conflict. “We are balancing so many things, at times it’s overwhelming”. We all need help calibrating our life; in his experience, the ability to persevere requires a willingness to acknowledge imbalance and then to seek out a fresh perspective

Mark speaks on live stages around the country. Whether he is addressing an intimate group or a crowd of hundreds, count on Mark Vincent Howley to bring up the vibe, bring down the house, and inspire every member of the audience to dig deep to find the silver lining in every endeavor.

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