Mark Adkins currently volunteers for PDMA as a board member and their Vice President of Marketing. He is the former Director of Technology and Marketing at Kennametal Extrude Hone. While at Kennametal he successfully integrated independent development groups from Europe, Asia & N. America into a global team that dramatically streamlined the product portfolio and launched three next generation products.
Prior to working at Kennametal Mark was president of Turnkey Marketing, a company he founded in 2000 to help clients grow their businesses through entering new markets, establishing strategic alliances and by developing new products. While at Turnkey he helped win $1.9M in government funding to start the Lean Innovation Program, a product development improvement program that helped industrial companies greatly improve their new product development results.
Before founding Turnkey Marketing, Mr Adkins was Director of Marketing and New Product Development at Cincinnati Machine. While at the company he spearheaded the design and implementation of their product development process that was recognized as the best in the nation in 1998 by the PDMA, receiving their coveted “Outstanding Corporate Innovator” award. His team of product managers led projects that launched products with lifetime sales of over $1B.
Mark has a degree in Business Administration from Xavier University and is currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.
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I am just an individual investor who has always achieved higher returns than the "professional" financial advisors I used to put my trust in. I really enjoy reading SA articles and the follow up commentary.
I taught my self investing after I got tired of losing money in the hands of so called "professionals" over the years. I figured it's better if I lose my own money - at least I can blame no one else for my mistakes.
I immigrated to Canada from India in the 80's with $10 in my pocket and have not done badly. I am grateful to Canada for giving me the opportunity to succeed and build a good life. I lived in the US for a couple of years but returned to Canada. The similarities and differences between the two countries fascinate me, I have a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (I am a Ontario licensed Pharmacist), and was "retired" recently from the R&D department of a major Pharma company. I also have an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Over the last 15 years, through a combination of interest, hardwork and luck, I have accumulated a portfolio which has made me financially independent (at least on paper), while making all the rookie mistakes and enduring two big bear markets fully invested (the last one with leverage) and holding a full time professional job and raising a family. The 2007-09 bear market has taught me that technical's are important and its important to raise cash at the right time. I follow the economic indicators carefully with the hope of avoiding (at least partially) a bear market. I continue to learn from experience and the read economic and financial commentary voraciously. I like to think I am playing the long game which takes guts, skill and patience.
My investing style is value - with a GARP orientation. My experience is that a few home runs make up for a many strike-outs, though now I focus more on stealing singles. I realize that Investing is a "losers game", to win you need to minimize your losses but at the same time, if there is no risk, there is no gain. I like to be highly diversified and routinely follow over a 100 positions. I invest, not trade, waiting patiently for a fat pitch.
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I have an interest in investing for fun and also for furture retirement. I enjoy reading both books and articles on the subject. Many thanks to those who are retired and take the time to write about their investing experiences. Still working! ... in the tech industry!