Episode 55: Mark Phillips, International Man Of Adventure, Serial Entrepreneur and Now the King of CashBack World Knoxville

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Mark Phillips has done so many fascinating things in his life, it’s hard to decide where to start! So how about at the beginning:

Born on Nov 1st, All Saints Day” 1966, in Torquay, England, also known as “The English Rivera,” Mark’s mother was from Liverpool and his father from Torquay, where he grew up, on the water.

He was always a great sportsman, captain of the school football (soccer) team, rugby team, and he still holds the javelin record at his high school still today. Mark Phillips joined the army reserves at the age of 16, and at 18 joined the Royal Marines commandos, serving five years.

After his time in the service, Mark moved to Mallorca, Spain where he learned to speak Spanish and worked in the yacht industry as a delivery Capetian for Sunseeker Mallorca while also starting his entrepreneurial journey as a bar owner.

In 1995, Mark returned to England and had his first baby, a girl, who has now grown up to become a top fashion model, Avalon Phillips. A few years later, he moved to the USA in 1998 where he lived in Alexandria, Virginia working as a yacht captain for Italians in NYC and also worked in the automobile industry for Porsche BMW of Arlington. Later he returned to his restaurant industry days and became co-owner and general manager of two night clubs in Washington, DC and a restaurant there as well. During this time, he was a single parent raising Avalon alone throughout her whole life, and his son Jake was born in 2002.

In 2010 wanderlust set in again and Mark moved to Miami where he met the love of his life, a former global fashion model, SAG actress, and modeling agent, Olivia Wolff. Once again, he went back to the yacht industry and was a yacht broker selling fancy boats to the ultra wealthy and famous. While in Miami, he became the founder & chairman for the official Liverpool Football Supporters Club of Miami and also the founding member & commercial director of Lampidis Cancer Foundation at the University of Miami.


As if all that isn’t interesting enough, Mark met Princess Diana in 1985 and introduced her to his own grandmother while in the Royal Marines. He has also personally met the queen of Spain while driving her cousin’s yacht in Mallorca. He has qualified as a Royal Yacht Association Yachtmaster, an Ocean Padi Dive Master, an Advanced Nitrox Diver, and Landing Craft Coxswain Class 3.

For the past nine years, Mark Phillips has worked in the payment processing industry and is again an entrepreneur working with Cashback World and Cygnus Payment Systems. He now lives with Olivia in East Tennessee. I can’t wait to hear how, after living around the world in exotic locations with a life of adventure, he’s settled here and loving the work he does today.