Mark initially trained as a motor mechanic, but with the hands-on aspect he enjoyed becoming rarer, he knew it wasn’t for him. “I actually hated it, no end,” he says. “The day I turned tradesman, I left the industry.”
Instead, he approached his father who was a Branch Manager for Vickers Hydraulics.
“He put me on to a hydraulics company that was hiring. I also worked for two other companies in the early years, learning the trade and the industry.”
In 1986, his father started his own hydraulics business, and Mark came on board.
“I stayed until 1994 when my father decided to sell, so he could retire. I had just bought a house with Sue (Camilleri, co-founder) so I wasn’t in a position to buy, and we decided to step out and open our own company.”
Mark and Sue have built Stenmar Group from a small family business, to a national leader. “We’ve grown to now offer complete fluid power engineering, and we have a fully equipped hydraulic workshop. I primarily do system design now or give support to the sales guys. I’ve also run training schools for our larger customers.”
When not at work, Mark loves socialising with good friends, or spending time with his eight-year-old grandson. And he still likes being hands-on around the home – or returning to his original love of cars.
“I enjoy carpentry and restoring furniture, and I love working on my 1974 SLR Torana. I also have a classic 1969 Lewis Clinker speedboat.”
With 40 years of hydraulic knowledge, Mark’s expertise is extensive, but he’s never grown tired of the industry.
“I’ve been asked in the past why I’ve stayed in hydraulics for so long. The simple answer is that even having been in the industry for so long, I still see something new now and again, and that’s what I look forward to.”