Stephen is a thalidomide sufferer with acute dyslexia and left school with no qualifications (apart from the record for the under 12’s one length butterfly and the most amount of beatings ever received by a child!) He took his GCSE’s and A levels twice and played rugby for Kent (and had England rugby trials).
Stephen obtained a 2.1 degree in IT and went on to successfully work in investment banking and IT, being able to pay off his mortgage by the age of 29.
All of Stephen’s companies have been started from scratch and have resulted in an eclectic mix of businesses as he invests in business partners. These range from a hedge fund and a recruitment company, to a management consultancy and a software company. (Please visit www.mig.eu.com to see the list of companies). These businesses have a combined turnover of £75 million and employ a total of 400 staff globally.
Timeline of Stephen’s achievements of the past 10 years:
2007 : Trinity Theatre was due to go out of business and the 300 seat venue was turned around with a unique business model (since adopted by many other regional theatres).
2008 : Thalidomide victims negotiations with UK Government for a settlement and apology.
2009 : Formed Palm Mason
2010 : Formed MThree
2010 : Canoed The Thames (Cricklade to the Dartford Crossing)
2011 : Invested in and turned around Rudolph Wolf and Subscriptions Marketing
2011 : Formed Mason IT
2012 : Created The Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival
2013 : Drove “Around” the world (France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungry, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Canada)
2013 – 2014 : Drove “Down” the world (USA East coast, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile)
2014 – 2015 : Drove “Up” the world (Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Sardinia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, France) (Website : Stephen Mason Blog)
2016 : Started writing “Squashing The Hog” – 9 rules for establishing a successful company; with examples of how these rules were used when driving the world. (In progress)
2017: The Mason Mile