Their story is an odyssey…
From heartbreak and divorce to deep, profound love.
From depression and lost hope to boundless happiness.
From terminal illness to robust health and vitality.
From enormous business growth to retirement.
And from retirement to a new, billion-dollar multinational business.
Along the way they’ve created a close-knit, love-filled family united by their passion for what they do.
Quantum Orange has been there for it all…
Bob Kent - Founder of Mont Marte - Quantum Orange Client for over 30 years
When Bob Kent was first introduced to Paul Blackburn and Quantum Orange, he was married with two young children and running a retail business with 20 stores and hundreds of staff. In his own words, he was “…struggling both personally and professionally.”
After speaking with Mary Blackburn Bob, attended a Quantum Orange weekend workshop, which he describes as a “completely transformative” experience.
When he returned to work his business partner was so impressed by the changes in Bob that they immediately gathered their top tier staff for a two-day workshop with Quantum Orange. Sales increased, stores ran more smoothly and problems simply disappeared, so they implemented a company wide initiative that saw Paul and his team working with the staff on a monthly basis.
Bob says, “The impact of my work with Paul was so profound for me, and I wanted the same for my team.”
The Quantum Orange coaching program was universally loved by the business owners, the staff and even their families. It ran for eight years, during which the annual turnover of the business grew from $20 million to $50 million.
Everything looked golden….until one day Bob returned home from the school pickup run with his kids to find a letter on the kitchen table from his wife. She’d had an affair and run off with her lover, leaving no contact information.
What followed was an incredibly traumatic time for Bob and his two children. Once again Bob found himself in need of Paul’s help, but this time on a much deeper, far more personal level. He remembers feeling like he would never recover.
“How am I going to keep it together, let alone run a large business and raise two kids alone?”, Bob recalls asking himself.
He was facing monumental challenges - the kind that can alter the trajectory of a life dramatically - but Bob wanted to make sure he did everything he could to make the shift a positive one.
Over the course of the next year, Bob put in countless hours of gruelling personal growth work with Paul. He overcame limiting beliefs and healed decades old personal trauma, which set him free to realise his true potential. The business was sold as part of the divorce proceedings and, now retired, Bob refocused on his lifelong passion for horses. He even trained for months with his son so they could climb Mount Everest together.
Calling it a ‘complete overhaul’ of Bob’s life would not be an exaggeration.
Then along came Carol...
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MONT MARTE IS BORN
Around that time Bob’s son Cheyne, who was first introduced to Quantum Orange as a ten-year-old sitting in the back of Paul’s workshops, had become a father himself. He phoned Bob and said, “Dad, I want you to teach me about business.”
That was the genesis of Mont Marte, the global art supply company they’re still running as a family 20 years later.
When they started the business, Bob did what he describes as “taking out a huge insurance policy” by bringing Quantum Orange in to work with the Mont Marte team. Despite the size of the company, the Kents have very intentionally built a business culture in which everyone who works for them is a part of their family. They have a huge volume of long term staff, some of whom even have kids working in the business now. That family oriented approach even extends to the people who work in the manufacturing side of the business in China - when the Kents visit, people bring uncles and cousins in to meet them and say, “We’re Mont Marte family!”
Bob directly credits the flow on impact of their open, inclusive approach to Paul and his work with both the business and family over the last few decades. “All of that comes from you Paul,” he says, smiling as he talks about how many lives they’ve been able to positively impact together.
Cheyne, who has himself undergone a remarkable transformation - from a twenty-year-old learning about business and doing whatever needed doing, to the switched-on CEO of a massive multinational company - adds that Quantum Orange’s ongoing presence in Mont Marte has extraordinary benefit for everyone. “No matter what Paul and his team are doing with the staff - personal or professional - it is time and money well spent.”
Cheyne still uses some of the concepts he picked up from that first workshop he sat in on as a young boy. He says even back then, he found the principles Paul was teaching really interesting. “I could see how uplifting it was for the adults in the room and remember thinking it must be a good thing, so I was receptive despite it being conceptually fairly big for a young kid. It taught me how to be open as a person, to look within myself and to practice self-reflection regularly.”
He adds that being exposed to the work so young made it possible for him to reap its benefits throughout his life - to grow personally, pass it on to his kids and also make it accessible for the Mont Marte staff. “I’d credit a good deal of my success so far - both personal and professional - to the mindset practices I learned from Quantum Orange, and I’m still using the tools and techniques on a weekly basis,” Cheyne says.
Quantum Orange founders Paul and Mary share they feel “incredibly blessed” to be able watch as their work continues to impact positively on the third generation of the Kent family and the Mont Marte family.