What made you get into aviation consulting and training?
I’ve been in love with flying since I was a little boy in Africa and the passion has just gone from strength to strength.
When I decided I wouldn’t be a commercial pilot I decided to assist others so they can have an opportunity to become pilots. The training of aviation itself is a growing industry but what I aim to do is provide aide and support to aspiring pilots and also introducing initiatives to make the journey to commercial flying as smooth as possible.
What’s been your biggest obstacle in your entrepreneurial journey so far?
My biggest obstacle has been the struggles Lets Fly Academy faced late in 2013, the business came close to going down and I record it my book as a crash land which was successfully manoeuvred.
The biggest challenge we faced at that time was being able to balance the giveaways the organisation coordinated and the income that came through. I learnt one thing during these obstacles and that was that pouting the finger doesn’t get you anywhere, it got to a point where it didn’t matter whose fault it was but we just had to work together to fix it.
If you could attribute one thing to your success so far, what would it be?
My success so far has been to the credit of my father mainly. He has played an instrumental role in not only building me up but encouraging me and also being a very good role model.
So many people ask me why I do so many charitable works and why I put others first and that’s one thing I learnt from my father, he always plays a small role and he is always humble he will never try to get the credit for something but instead he will settle for a just a simple thank you for his works. I wouldn’t have been half the man that I am right now without my dad and for that I owe it to him to at-least do my best and achieve.
How have you found starting a charitable organisation? What challenges have you faced?
It’s been a very rewarding and exciting journey as we planned out MMBF Trust (Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund) and for me personally it’s been very emotional as I’ve come a long way and to be able to thank the two industries that have contributed to most of my successes is something very fulfilling for me.
We are facing the usual challenges any new organisation faces which is mainly marketing and being able to get the word out so we can reach more people, the way MMBF works is we provide sponsorships and grants to aspiring pilots, actors and filmmakers, unlike other grant making organisations we award directly to the applicant not to another charity so it’s been a challenge getting those in need to know about us and the support we offer and to apply for help.
We successfully managed to introduce the Matthew Martino Rising Star Award at this years Colchester Film Festival and this was a great achievement for the Trust as a whole and we have other sponsorships and program’s we will launch in the new year to provide more frontline support for the aspiring generation.
If you could leave our readers with one piece of business advice, what would it be?
My piece of advise for any bidding entrepreneur is that keep going strong and always think about the future, don’t worry about the immediate payday or that instant profit think about what’s to come in the future. With all decisions in business even if their big or small they will come back and bite so be sure to decide wisely.