Known for her marketing and public relations work for Mark Motors Group, she proud to be working in the family business her father founded in 1959. Liza has been with the Group officially for 15 years. She started in the service department, then to sales department and worked her way through different roles to get a better understanding of the business. In her current role, she oversees the Marketing, Human Resources, IT and Business Development departments. Continuing her parents’ fundamental belief in giving back to the community, Liza has dedicated time and resources to position herself and the Mark Motors Groups as leaders of philanthropy in Ottawa. She currently sits on the Board of Directors the National Arts Centre foundation board, is a committee member of the Governor General Performing Arts Awards and is a co-chair of the annual Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Breakfast. Liza is also a Founding Board Member of the OSEG Foundation.
What achievement or contribution are you most proud of?
First, my contribution to the business that my parents started over 60years ago. I think they would be proud that the youngest and only girl in the family has made some noise, ruffled some feathers and made an impact. Second, I am proud to be in the community helping the community. It was something my parents taught us at a young age. I am happy that I can give back to the city in a way that helps to lift others up and overall, make the community a stronger and better place to be.
What’s one thing you can attribute to your success?
I do not think there is one thing but more like three: Resilience, a good attitude and EQ
What is the most surprising fact about you?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. I know, right?! I wanted to be a doctor. Could you imagine.
Who is your inspiration?
My Mom. She sits on my shoulder reminding me of three very simple rules. If you do not go for it, you will never have it. If you never ask for it, the answer is always no. If you do not take a leap forward, you will always stand still.
How do you celebrate your success?
Thank those who were with me on the journey to get there and then a glass of bubbly!
What would be a good theme song for your life?
I think they are still writing it out….but Cold Play is probably going to sing it.
What advice would you give to other women who are starting out in their career journey?
You need to be your own cheerleader, surround yourself with great people, follow your instincts and never give up
What is the one thing you knew before you started your career?
Falling is not a bad thing. You will make mistakes and that is okay as they make you stronger. You just need to get up and dust off.
How do you find balance?
My balance comes in ebbs and flows. I need to work harder at making it more consistent.
What are you most afraid of?
Failure. The lasting impacts of failing someone or something scares me.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
Chilling out. If I can do that at the cottage, even better and if my partner, family and/or friends can join me, that is the best!
Which Superhero would you be?
A Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Enzo kinda superhero….Enzo is a superhero in my world.
What has been the biggest learning experience of your life?
Do not hesitate. If you do, you may miss your moment….like that time with Patrick Dempsey