This one was fun, so fun in fact we even had 2 wolves here join us in the studio. Make sure you check out the photos and videos on IG. Mark was very gracious in sharing his colorful story, but he also shared some profound lessons from his journey.
What you’ll learn in this episode:
[10:35] THE MOST PIVOTAL MOMENT
[13:40] THE BEGINNING OF SKATEBOARDING
[21:04] PLAYING AN OUTLAW
[28:30] RISING FROM RAGE
[32:15] THE ‘GODFATHER’ OF NEW YORK NIGHTLIFE
[44:38] AN ANCHOR FROM DARK TIMES
[50:56] HOMELESS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
[56:17] IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY OF LIFE
[59:21] QUESTIONING THE LUXURY LIFE
[01:02:46] WARNING FROM NATURE
[01:10:49] NATURE CALLING
About Mark Baker
Mark Baker and CI-5 Inc. have been at the forefront of International nightlife and lifestyle trends for over 30 years.
Based in New York City and Bali, Mark Baker and CI-5 Inc. have owned and operated some of the world’s leading and most prestigious restaurants, clubs, lounges, and supper clubs as well as producing International events at film festivals, fashion weeks, Grand Prix races and producing and hosting T.V. lifestyle content.
Mark co-founded the infamous organic food and Juice chain “Juice Press” and is credited as a leader and originator of the cold-pressed juice movement.
Bakers illustrious life started on the tough streets of Brighton, England, where at 9 he joined Chipperfield’s circus and began traveling with the show around England. After some brief attempts at schooling, Mark discovered skateboarding. At 16 went on to be one of the world’s most infamous and leading vertical skaters, world speed record holder, and all-around radical skaters.
After traveling the world skating, Mark landed in New York, where the excitement and allure of a 24-7 city was a perfect environment for his insatiable appetite for life. Working his way from waiter and party promoter to the “Godfather” of nightlife, Baker’s life story is simply inspirational.
His international social and business network are unrivaled. The name “Godfather” of New York nightlife explains much about his life and his competitive and go-getting attitude, “cannot is not an option!”
His relationships with celebrities, supermodels, business and political leaders, good guys and bad guys, fashion personalities, and the national and international media are unique, as shown in the press book portfolio; everything Baker does makes news.
After 30 years in New York City, Mark Baker has shifted his operations to Bali, where he lives with his infamous Wolfpack to focus his attention on Bali and the Asia Region including Canggu /Balis healthy hotspot “BEACHGARDEN ORGANIC KITCHEN “ and “IN THE RAW BALI “ Juice company.
Mark is developing new and exciting “lifestyle” brands and consulting for existing U.S. and western brands like OMNIA that operate in Asia and the Western markets. His “hands-on” and personal approach is key to his success. By forming strategic partnerships in Asia and utilizing his relationships and friendships from 30 years in the hospitality business worldwide, these brands are now exploding in the sometimes difficult to navigate Asian marketplaces.
By forging partnerships with top local operators, the group grows in strength and better understands local trends, subtle cultural differences, and market changes.
“We are excited to make the next chapter in Asia,” says Baker,” and to build bridges between my friends, associates, and businesses in New York and the West and the exciting new Asian markets. It’s the logical next step as Asia has the style, sophistication, and ability to complement our western venues and brands; these are exciting times.”