MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
11 May 2017, Written by Ben Hall
HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.
But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said his goodbyes when approached by the Queensland government to become the state's first Chief Entrepreneur.
Sowerby was an obvious choice.
From humble beginnings in Brisbane, he left Blue Sky with $2.7 billion of assets under management, forecast to become up to $3.3 billion by the end of the year, and it now has a market capitalisation of more $500 million since listing on the ASX in 2012.
He does get to spend more time with his family but, as chief entrepreneur, his job now is to identify emerging talent, pass on his experience and knowledge and convince investors that Queensland is brimming with young entrepreneurs who have the ideas, passion and skills to bring brilliant business ideas to life.
Author: Ben Hall