About Mark Welch

My name is Mark Welch and I'm a candidate for Trustee of West Chester Township OH this election.  I've lived in West Chester since 1990 and my kids went all the way through Lakota schools.  I've seen good things and bad things in West Chester, but the reason I'm running is because I want to do my part as a fiscal conservative to make sure West Chester Township remains a great community for our kids and grandkids.

My wife, Karen, and I have owned Bajon Salon & Spa in West Chester for 14 years and I'm firmly convinced that we're still in business today because of our fiscal conservatism.  When the great recession of 2008 hit, there were a lot of small merchants that went out of business, probably in large part because they had too much debt and/or not enough savings.  We're still here, but I'd say the economy is only "marginally" better today and it's still tough to stay in business as a small business owner.

I've worked my entire adult career in the private sector.  I spent 23 years in corporate America in sales and sales management roles and 17 years as the owner of SoZo HAIR by Bajon Salon & Spa. With the exception of my Naval Academy experience, my greatest lessons in leadership have been learned while I've been owner of Bajon Salon & Spa.  I've learned that people cannot be managed like "things", that people must be valued and respected if you hope to achieve extraordinary results.

I remember when I was at the Naval Academy, running almost daily, by a poster in Bancroft Hall.  The poster was a combat scene. Soldiers were running through battle with bombs exploding.  At the top it read "There are some men you'd follow through hell" and at the bottom it read "and there are others you'd push in".

Owning a small business is not only a great responsibility, it's also a huge wake up call.  If you have employees, you have to learn how to get everyone moving in the same direction, even though everybody has different goals, agendas, work ethics, etc. When you have employees, you find the government has hundreds of laws that protect them in the workplace, but there is nothing in place to protect or insulate you as the business owner from poor negotiations, bad deals, changing laws, etc. You're on your own to figure it out and go forward, or to fail and go down with the ship! Having worked in several corporations, it's easy to see that many different people are responsible for a lot of important things that all contribute to the success of the organization, but as a business owner, you're responsible for all of them!

Running a successful and profitable business is hard enough without having to deal with endless forms, applications, laws and regulations that are foisted on us by our government. This is why I believe we need to limit the size and scope of government and prevent them from further intruding into both our personal and professional lives. Our founding fathers recognized that governments can turn tyrannical, so they put safe gaurds in our Constitution to protect us. Personally, I think our Constitution is constantly being challenged, changed and encroached upon so that we're slowly losing our country and our God given freedoms!

I also believe that capitalism and free enterprise are fundamental to our way of life and should be taught in our schools so that future generations of Americans can enjoy the same way of life that we and past generations have experienced. 

As your an Conservative Voice, I want to continue to do my part to ensure that West Chester Township remains financially secure and continues to be a wonderful place to live, work and own a business for generations to come!

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."  Martin Luther King


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