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Tim & Amy Marks – LIFE Founders

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 14, 2012

Tim and Amy Marks are one of the Founders of the LIFE Business. This couple exemplifies the results possible for those who are willing to grow and change.

Tim, when he started his community, struggled with reading. In fact, his elementary school teacher had told him that he would never be able to read because of his early struggles with comprehension. Thankfully, Tim’s dream was bigger than his dyslexia and he changed the alleged facts. Tim is now an avid reader and voracious learner.  Moreover, through sharing his story, he has helped thousands of men step up to lead their families.

Amy struggled with low self-worth, leading to severe eating disorder. Indeed, there were days where she didn’t eat at all. However, by God’s grace and a loving community, Amy has overcome her eating disorders, becoming a true servant of others. She has become  one of the most respected and in-demand speakers in North America, connecting with men and women going through their own personal challenges.

Tim and Amy’s courageous leadership catapulted them to TEAM Policy Council in 31 months! This is the record for the fastest growing community building in the TEAM’s history. Although the Marks’ business grew at a torrid pace, it’s their character that is the most impressive. This couple does the right thing because it’s the right thing period. It’s easy to partner with a couple of this caliber, since one will always know where Tim and Amy stand based upon principle.

For example, during the middle of the Team’s freedom battle from our former supplier, the Team community dropped from over 16k people attending events to less than 8k. The drop in numbers put massive financial stress upon the leaders, not to mention the added millions spent on legal bills.  Nonetheless, Tim volunteered 100% of his Team profit sharing for over two years, in order to help fund our legal team. Without this selfless act, there would be no LIFE Business today. Few people would sacrifice personally to this extent. Thankfully, Tim and Amy are part of that few.

In the middle of these stressful times, the PC tapped Tim with a huge additional assignment. Our All Grace Outreach (AGO) CD and book series and the AGO charity were in serious trouble financially. While the TEAM lost half of its numbers, the AGO series lost significantly more. The PC sought a leader who understood the TEAM community’s needs and could help select the speakers and books to provide the spiritual nourishment for the community enduring its desert experience. Tim stepped into the gap and launched an amazing turnaround of the AGO series and charity.

Leaders make decisions based upon data. Tim applied this principle to the AGO series through the saying, “In God we trust, all others must have data.” The data called for change and Tim’s leadership turned around the program. Although the overall TEAM community has grown rapidly, moving past 16k people attending events again, Tim’s leadership of AGO is even more impressive. The AGO series is ten times larger today than it was when Tim assumed the All Grace Outreach helm! Author Jim Collins has a famous saying, “Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus.” Assigning Tim Marks for leadership of AGO was one of the PC’s best decisions, especially when one considers that 100% of all AGO series corporate profits are given to the AGO non-profit charity. The AGO non-profit ensures crucial operating funds for many worthwhile Christian organizations.

Tim and Amy have grown into one of the top leaders in LIFE and are Quad-PCs in TEAM. They deserve a huge thank you from the LIFE TEAM communities for their sacrificial leadership and commitment to excellence. Moreover, Laurie and I count our friendship with Tim and Amy Marks as one of God’s invaluable gifts to us. Indeed, many times, through the crushing pressure and stress of war, it was Tim and Amy’s encouragement and Christian love that kept Laurie and I moving ahead.

Laurie and I extend a heartfelt congratulations and sincere thank you to Tim and Amy Marks for being people of character, honor, and excellence. The Marks’ family has earned every single financial blessing they have today. They live in a stunning mansion in the Cape Coral, enjoying their financial freedom with family and friends. They are truly a modern day success story and a couple worth modeling.

Tim and Amy give hope to every person in LIFE, that through character, hard work, and perseverance, nearly any dream is achievable. The LIFE community eagerly awaits the release of Tim Marks’ first book, The Voyage of a Viking, in which he shares life lessons learned from his dreams, struggles, and victories.

Laurie and I are honored to have Tim and Amy as LIFE Founders and friends. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

16 Responses to “Tim & Amy Marks – LIFE Founders”

  1. Clint Fix said

    Every time I’ve been around Tim and Amy in a small or 1-on-1 situation, I find myself blown away by their love for Christ and the way Tim leads his family and himself. I find myself inspired to grow just by his example. Tim & Amy always remind me of a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.” Believe me, they are preaching the gospel loud and clear in their actions. While no one is perfect, the work that has been done through Christ in their lives is evident.

    Thank you, Tim & Amy, for setting such a wonderful example of Christ like living.


  2. Raymond said

    Tim and Amy are true American heros to all of us that now enjoy the LIFE business! I thank God for their service, sacrifice, and loyalty to the vision of affecting 1 Million people, and I cannot wait to read the book. God Bless you Tim and Amy!

  3. It took a few good men with faith who live in truth….The Viking being one of them.
    Look at us now..
    A million people ++
    Here we come.
    How blessed are we.
    Thank you Abba.

  4. Marsh and Sue Lohr said

    ALL the PC are quality people of integrity and character. I am glad to see you write about Tim and Amy, who in my opinion have had struggles we all can relate to – and therefore be encouraged. We are looking forward to the Ticket Holder in March when they will be speaking!

  5. Bernie said

    Tim and Amy are a couple my wife and I will follow til the end. Their character and integrity shines through each one of their leaders because when someone on their team decides to move forward, there’s always a massive explosion due to the mentorship they offer. We have seen that through Cody Newton; my mentor, friend, and brother in Christ. Cody’s always talking about what Tim would do and doing the right thing. Thank you Tim and Amy AND Orrin and Laurie! See you at the top!

  6. codynewton said

    Tara and I have been soo blessed by this couple. Amy became a friend to Tara and spoke truth into her life that has helped Tara become a leading lady. Tara’s self confidence and love for Christ has grown exponentially since the relationship started. Tim handed me a book to read, spiritual depression, and then has fielded many questions on the topic of FAITH that has totally changed my world view. It took a “real man” like Tim to help this broken down sinner to realize my own sinful ways. God bless this couple for the work they continually do to help us and our team.

  7. Bob and Jeanette said

    Thank you Tim and Amy for an amazing example to follow!!!

  8. Titi said

    Tim & Amy have been an encouragement to me and my family and we thank them and congratulate them!
    Thanks for sharing
    Titi & Katie

  9. CJ Calvert said

    Tim is a living example of excellence that I attempt to emulate. His humilty is astounding when considering his incredible business and personal success. But he truly embodies Ephesians 2:8-9, “It is by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

  10. Tim and Amy Marks are exactly as you’ve captured so well in this article! We love them as dear friends and admire them as viciously driven leaders! They are a great example of what can be!

  11. Elaine Lacey said

    The first time I heard Tim and Amy speak I was so blown away by their transparency. Prior to that I had never heard speakers reveal their weaknesses and credit Christ with all their strengths. It gave me permission to strive for excellence by first forgiving myself and others. I somehow thought successful people just had it all together, but Tim and Amy taught me that we are all sinners, saved by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you Tim and Amy for having the courage to share from your hearts.

  12. Mary Hermsen said

    Thank you, Orrin, for writing about Tim and Amy. Thank you Tim and Amy, and all the Policy Council members for all you’ve done so that we (and 98,999+ others) may have the great opportunity of LIFE! We are proud to be associated with all of you.

  13. DIane Swanson said

    Tim and Amy have touched my life many times over the past 4-5 years! He IS superman and she IS wonder woman! I cannot wait for Tim’s book to come out! Thank you from my heart to yours! You have helped me to know “why I believe what I believe”. God’s many blessings to both of you and your family!

  14. Chris VanDevere said

    “The good-to-great companies understood a simple truth: The right people will do the tight things and deliver the best results they’re capable of, regardless of the incentive system”
    Jim Collins, Good to Great, p 50.

    The same holds for disincentive systems- like unfounded litigation. The right people hold fast to just commitments.

  15. Maribel Damphousse said

    Tim and Amy are truly the super couple. I have always admired and devoured their teachings everytime I hear them on stage. With humour and wisdom, they both impart God’s words with firmness and love. I have aslo witnessed their growth as a couple, as parents and as leaders. They are true testimonies of the TEAM LIFE culture and we are honored to be part of this same community with them. Thank you Orrin, for sharing their their life and their sacrifice so that TEAM LIFE is made available to a lot of people. God bless!

  16. The Militellos said

    Tim and Amy are a special couple that somehow combine grace and incredible posture in one amazing leadership combination! Marc and I have a tremendous respect for this couple and a love that has grown from watching their amazing example from a distance. And one can’t think of Tim and Amy and not say a huge thank you for the AGO series! My personal favorite of all our subscriptions. The books and cds have been transformational! THANKS SO MUCH!
    The Militellos

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