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Men of Influence: Mark Cedar

May Edition 2021 | See it at Las Olas Lifestyle Magazine

What single accomplishment are you most proud of, and why?
I am most proud of growing my commercial cleaning company,
AK Building Services, from a small, local business to a mature,
state-wide company. I started my professional career as a CPA in a
cut-throat, corporate environment. Against all odds and advice, I
followed my dream to be my own boss. The leap from corporate cog
to entrepreneur took incredible courage, self-reliance and financial
hardship. I have no regrets and never looked back.

What keeps you up at night?
Owning a commercial cleaning company during the pandemic
is what keeps me up at night, specifically the tremendous
responsibility of keeping our customers and frontline workers
healthy and safe every day. Even with best laid plans, I never know
what tomorrow will bring. The phrases PPE, touch points, kill time,
and disinfecting loop repeatedly in my head. Also, of course the
state of the economy stays heavy on my mind.

Who was your inspiration and role model?
My grandfather “Gramps” was my inspiration and role model.
Gramps instilled in me that there are no limits on what you can
achieve with focus and hard work. He started a small children’s
clothing manufacturer in Montreal and grew it into a global
business. I learned a lot from watching him.

What is the best advice you have ever received? And who gave
you that advice?
A few years ago, my then eight-year-old son was asked a question
in school. His reply: “I may not know the answer, but I am willing
to learn!” The teacher was so taken that she shared his response
with us. So true and impactful, I hung the quote up in my office as a
reminder that no one has all the answers, but it is our willingness to
learn that allows a person to excel in life and business.


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