After a high profile media career as one of TV's favorite morning show anchors, in 2007 she bought a Subway franchise in Auckland, running every aspect of the business herself. To say it was a huge learning experience was an understatement. Mary quickly learnt about hiring, training, making the customer king, and following simple principles to running a succesful business. She talks about this in her keynote presentations to business groups across the country.
Apart from learning more about processes, financial decisions and staff management, the franchise also allowed her to spend time with her children.
After selling the franchise, the experience led to her creating her own media consultancy. The business is focused on looking after the reputations and online profiles of important corporates, she said.
"It combines my great love for media, researching, writing and looking after these really interesting people,"
While people do recognise her on the street, they are often not sure where from as she's not been on TV for over 10 years. Mary also speaks with authority on what it's like to be a high profile, high workload, Mum while raising three children and nurturing an equally high profile husband. Her talk on "It's all about balance" is a winner with men and women alike.
It can also be a “Turn the Gloom into Boom“ seminar …focusing on ways to manage your time masterfully for best profit and productivity rather than trying to be all things to all people.
Something about Mary;
Her first jobs in journalism took her round New Zealand to work as a journalist, nine to noon and breakfast host and newsreader. Then in 1991, Mary won a scholarship to live and work in Japan. For three years she taught English and was Radio New Zealand's Tokyo correspondent.
On her return to New Zealand, Mary hosted the BBC World Service Business programme and worked as a radio talkback host. She was asked to work on a series of television documentaries for the production house Communicado which led to joining the NBR television business programme.
At the beginning of 1997, Mary took over the role of host of TV One's Good Morning programme. In 2000/ 2001, she presented the very popular "Money Doctor" programme. Mary returned to Newstalk ZB in 2003 as Leighton Smith's fill in, as well as continuing to host the Good Morning show until early 2004 when the show relocated to Wellington.
Mary has been a Woman's Weekly Columnist where she waxed lyrical about everything to do with raising kids and in 2007 wrote a great little book called "101 Quick Tips for Surviving your Kids". Also in 2007 Mary appeared on TV's "Intrepid Journeys" where she visited Iran. In 2009 she attended the Inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington DC.
Mary sold her most successful Subway franchise in 2015. Mary is in constant deman as a speaker on all things "running a business" and also writes for a number of well known magazines on travel and other of life's more interesting aspects.
However, life is not all about just work as Mary also enjoys endurance exercise such as 200km bike rides, adventure racing, and generally being out there for as long as she can. She has succesfully completed a number of Marathons.