Ziglar Family’s mission is to help your family move from survival to stability, from stability to success, and from success to significance.
Ziglar Family is rooted in the wisdom, principles, and teaching of Mr. Zig Ziglar, who taught us that when families plan to win and prepare to win, then they can legitimately expect to win as a family.
Mark Timm is President and CEO of Ziglar Family. However, he is first and foremost CEO of the most valuable business in the world: his own family. Together with his wife, Ann, he is proud to parent six of the coolest kids on the planet — three boys (Markus, Kavyn, Zachary) and three girls (Mary, Cassandra & Grace).
Mark’s connection to Zig Ziglar started about 30 years ago at the National FFA Convention, when he had the privilege of hearing Mr. Ziglar speak for the first time. Within a matter of seconds, Zig had Mark —along with the entire audience– completely captivated with his wisdom.
Hearing Zig Ziglar’s lesson that day about setting goals was all Mark needed to become a devoted follower. In the years that followed, Ziglar principles have guided Mark to significant achievements, from becoming a national FFA officer as a teen, to becoming a highly successful entrepreneur of more than 10 businesses. He has spoken professionally for over 25 years, giving thousands of speeches to over one million people in 48 states.
Several years ago, as Mark’s blended family was coming together, he realized that he was in over his head at home— enjoying tremendous business success, but feeling totally clueless when it came to achieving family success.
He used to joke with fellow business leaders who wanted to become better parents that it was much easier to be the CEO of his business than it was to be the CEO of his own home. But the reality wasn’t funny.
When he left the office each day, he left a world of rules, strategies, and success and entered a world of chaos, drama, and raging hormones which left him bewildered and confused. He found myself staying away from home, traveling more frequently—up to half the year—so he wouldn’t have to deal with it all. Even though he very much loved everyone at home, he felt that he lacked the clarity and confidence to be a better parent.
After several years of this crazy pattern, he knew he had to find a different way to manage his family. Their family legacy was just too important to let drift aimlessly.
They needed a fresh approach the kids could embrace and that made sense to both Mark and his wife.
When they married in 2011, they were both single parents with three children each. They had merged their two families to form a modern-day Brady Bunch. But it wasn’t working.
That’s when Mark realized that the same time-tested Ziglar principles that helped him lead and grow successful businesses could also apply to leading and growing a successful family. He re-visited Mr. Ziglar’s “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” lessons, along with other Ziglar resources, and started intentionally applying those strategies to his parenting practices.
The changes at home were remarkable: improved communication, shared goals, clear priorities, better scheduling, more laughter and fun!
Today Mark is passionate about sharing the Ziglar principles that have worked so well for his family, and helping all families to do as Zig Ziglar described: be the very best that they can be, so that they can do all that they have been called to do as a family, and can then expect to have all that God has intended for them to have.