Some might call it madness to launch a business with your own money in a recession but Jonathan Samuels didn’t. Two years on, Drawbridge Finance is going strong and has Mark Posniak on board as well
Jonathan Samuels CV
Education: 1989-1996: Manchester Grammar
1996-1999: Oxford University
2000: Joins McKinsey as a consultant
2003: Joins special projects team at Standard Chartered
2004: Moves to South Africa to look after a bank acquired by Standard Chartered
2006: Leaves Standard Chartered to set up a brokerage and bridging firm in South Africa
2007: Sells brokerage and bridging firm to private equity firm
2008: Returns to the UK and sets up Drawbridge Finance
I play five-a-side football every Monday night. I have been playing for 10 years with a group of mates. After all that time I should be good by now but I’m just getting slow
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Casino. Although I can re-watch any of the origina Star Wars movies many times over.
I have several mortgages on different properties. The lenders include Barclays Wealth, JP Morgan, and Northern Rock on a mix of variable and fixed rates.
Mark Posniak CV
Education: 1988-1993: King David School, Johannesburg
1993-1995: Crawford College, Johannesburg
1995: Travels to Australia to play cricket for North Sydney
2002: Moves to UK to play cricket for Brooklands in Manchester and becomes support proposition manager at BT New Ventures
2004: Becomes senior partner business manager, Wolters Kluwer UK (Croner Consulting)
2005: Becomes director of sales and marketing at Cheval
2008: Joins Linksfield Technologies as head of business development
2010: Becomes head of marketing and operations at Drawbridge Finance
Spending time with my 18 month old son and my wife, playing golf and work.
Bright Marketing by Robert Craven
Shawshank Redemption although I also love Wedding Crashers.
Lifetime tracker with Woolwich