The man be­hind real es­tate on Buller

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

THE Adams fam­ily as­so­ci­a­tion with Mans­field, Mt Buller and Merrijig – in­clud­ing Mark Adams – goes back a long way.

Al­though Mark was born and went to school in Melbourne from a very young age his love of the high coun­try grew.

In fact it started in 1958 when Mark’s fa­ther, Adam Adams built N’ever­est on Chamois Road at Mt Buller, then go­ing on to build many of the lodges and the Arl­berg Ho­tel.

“My as­so­ci­a­tion though started when I was about three years of age and went to lit­tlies ski school – so I have skied Mt Buller al­most all my life,” Mark said.

“I then went on to do kids’ squad, race club and al­though not a real cham­pion just did what you’d ex­pect me to do – but none of that dare­devil stuff.

“I had a ski in­struc­tor, Harry Mor­son, who taught me to do vadels – quick sharp turns needed in moguls.”

Adam Adams built the Arl­berg Ho­tel in 1970 and the fam­ily ran that ho­tel to start.

He then went on to build many lodges in­clud­ing some still stand­ing to­day such as Twin Tow­ers, Sum­mit Lodge, Bee­hive, Moose, De­latite and Elkhorn just to name a few.

“There were some oth­ers that have now been re­placed with more mod­ern apart­ments and lodges,” Mark said.

“Sum­mit Lodge was the first built in 1962 – around in the early days when dad was deal­ing with the Forestry Com­mis­sion who ran the moun­tain like the Mt Buller Re­sort Board does to­day.”

When ‘grown up’ Mark ran the Arl­berg and Kooroora which the fam­ily owned un­til 1988 – this was on be­half of the fam­ily in­vest­ment.

From there Mark just nat­u­rally pro­gressed into real es­tate and in 1996 started his sales ca­reer in Melbourne and then on Mt Buller.

But that sales ca­reer now ex­tends to Merrijig, Alpine Ridge and Sawmill Set­tle­ment.

How­ever, Mark is not just a real es­tate sales­man or prop­erty de­vel­oper, he is a fam­ily man and has many in­ter­ests in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties and char­i­ties.

He is one of the early founders of the Mark Adams Ski & Golf Day where monies raised each year go to lo­cal Mans­field schools (in­clud­ing the se­condary col­lege, Merrijig, Jamieson and Mans­field pri­mary schools and St Mary’s Pri­mary School) to help stu­dents get started on their ski­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Mark is also a spon­sor­ship part­ner of the Vic­to­rian In­ter­school Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships.

He was re­cently asked to spon­sor ‘Wazza’ – Mt Buller’s much loved chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer who needed a lit­tle fund­ing to keep it go­ing for the kids.

He is also a sil­ver spon­sor of the Buller Race Club, has been Belle Brock­hoff’s (world ski com­peti­tor and Olympian) ma­jor spon­sor for the past 10 years, sup­ports Buller Rid­ers and do­nates to the schol­ar­ship pro­gram for up and com­ing ath­letes.

As for his fam­ily life, he is mar­ried to Anna Voin­sky, has five chil­dren and one grand­child.

Just re­cently he has been joined in his real es­tate com­pany by one of his sons - hope­fully who will carry on the Adams fam­ily links to Buller and Mans­field re­gion when even­tu­ally Mark de­cides to re­tire and take up ski­ing - though says he is still young at heart and in body so is not go­ing any­where for a long time.

So al­though many peo­ple know Mark Adams as a top real es­tate per­son on Mt Buller and the sur­round­ing district, have a chat to him next time you see him out and about - he is an all round nice guy with a big heart who still loves and finds time for his ski­ing.

LOVE OF SKI­ING: Al­though Mark Adams calls Mt Buller home for his ski­ing he also en­joys try­ing out over­seas ski fields just for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

SUP­PORT­IVE: Mark Adams has spon­sored Belle Brock­hoff for the past 10 years help­ing her achieve Olympic com­peti­tor sta­tus in her ca­reer.

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