|Marcus (Marc) Duffy was recognised as one of New Zealand's leading authorities on auto theft, document forgery and vehicle conversion. In 1992 the New Zealand AA in their magazine "Directions" described him as a "genius".
Marcus (Marc) Duffy was recognised as one of New Zealand's leading authorities on auto theft, document forgery and vehicle conversion. In 1992 the New Zealand AA in their magazine "Directions" described him as a "genius".
Between the ages of 15 and 24, he was involved in petty crime. This culminated in him running one of the largest and most successful car stealing, converting and trading operations ever seen in New Zealand. At the height of his enterprise Marc was turning over in excess of $500,000.00 per year. All by researching and outsmarting a system designed to prevent the trading of stolen vehicles. He even established an importing business to facilitate the sales of top end luxury vehicles stolen on demand. He was able to beat the system through sheer logic, research and persistence. And may well have gone totally undetected forever had it not been for a twist of fate.
In 1992 Marc decided to turn his life around. Although leaving school with no formal education and unable to read or write Marc turned his extraordinary gift of understanding systems and their efficiency to focus on building a successful family and becoming one of the top hardware architects in New Zealand. In 1992 Marc took up professional boxing and from 1992 to 1997 he was the New Zealand Lightweight Boxing Champion.
In 1993 Marc appeared on New Zealand television telling his story. On the highly rates "Holmes" show on TVNZ he demonstrated his skill by "stealing" a locked and alarmed TVNZ car within 15 seconds.
In addition to constructing purpose built hardware solutions Marc also runs one of New Zealand's most successful SME shop fitting companies employing 20 contractors and servicing one of New Zealand's largest retailers.
Marc's main passion today is to work with troubled youth. As a child Marc was NOT diagnosed with ADHD nor was Dyslexia understood. The education system failed him completely. Authority figures told him over and over again that he would never amount to anything because he was "stupid".
His IQ, subsequently measured at 163, gave him the ability to prove everyone wrong but he had to work within a very confined system of prejudice and discrimination.
One magistrate summed it up as follows: "If Marcus William Duffy put his talents to good instead of evil he would be a very successful young entrepreneur".
Marc now works on behalf of "Duffy Books in Homes" and other social networks to talk with schools and service organisations to make a difference. He is a regular presenter at Rotary leadership events and a regular guest presenter at RYPEN. Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment, and in June 2014 has been chosen to speak at the District #9920 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
He is totally committed to sharing with troubled youth how he turned his life around and how irrespective of their upbringing they can be whatever they choose to be. He believes that New Zealand's high youth suicide rate can be attributed to low self esteem and poor self image. And he should know!
Marc's key focus
Your attitude to life determines life's attitude to you
A leopard can change its spots
Success comes in can's not in cannot's.
June 1, 2014