Interview with Denis Mackenzie:
Mackenzie Wines is an Australian winery that is owned and operated by the Mackenzie family. Having been opened to the public since 2018, the company is aiming for an output of over one million units annually. The original management included Denis Mackenzie, Tony, and John Mackenzie, three brothers who were further aided by two of their wives. Hopefully, the upper-level administration will also includes the founders’ children. Some of the key concepts that facilitated the move into the market are high-quality, hand-packed products and outstanding customer service.
Interview Questions for Denis Mackenzie
- What do you do for work?
- Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
- In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
- What is it that you enjoy most about living in [enter city or state], Australia?
- What do you do for recreation?
- If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
- Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
- Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
- What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
- What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
Denis Mackenzie’s Answers
- We operate a winery that works with the best products. This involves various packaging options that our clients require which means that there are quite a few services available.
- When we first started, this business seemed to be one of the best ways to connect our family. Given the fact that there was a large market for the service, the demand rapidly grew beyond the capabilities of our one-machine operation strategy. So, after debating it for a while, our family finally decided to make it a career. In retrospect, it seems that we made a good call!
- I believe that our professional relationships have helped a lot of families. Since we have been around for more than two decades, we established long-term partnerships with many suppliers and customers. This helped those individuals and businesses grow their own projects as they have been able to count on our orders every year. Such a constant stream of demand/supply is something you definitely want when the economy is so volatile.
- Living in Australia has been one of the best perks of the business. Our family is known to be very fond of nature and Australia is the 6th largest country in the world when it comes to the land area. Meaning, it is a great match. The diversified population is another benefit as we deal with clients from all walks of life. Not to forget the sheer amount of animal species you are bound to get familiar with. And yes, that includes a whole lot more than kangaroos that Australia is known for!
- A lot of team-building activities. Since we are a family, our disagreements are always amplified by the lack of boundaries that sometimes take effect. I mean, working at Mackenzie wineries for so long has brought us closer, yet this can sometimes be an issue when harsh criticism must be given. So, we often engage in things that will help us restore our family harmony and make it possible to keep achieving goals.
- It would have to be Scotland. Our family originally came from that region in 1956 and the bound with that country is based on a lot of history. Naturally, we all enjoy talking about our roots and Scotland often comes up in the conversation.
- Football and cricket are probably the main two. As you may expect, with such a large family that is constantly together, we probably argue about sports on a daily basis. There are those who pride themselves on being know-it-alls when it comes to football and those who think that football is a watered-down version of rugby. Safe to say that the argument will never get settled.
- Absolutely. I am a huge supporter of Julian Assange who is a popular programmer, journalist, and activist. Having accomplished a lot of great achievements on an international scale, Assange has imparted a lot of important lessons on me. Those include how to best go through life and business while using unbeatable tools like dedication and hard work. Although I love what I do, there are times when I need a push to keep going, and striving to reach Assange’s level of success is what often keeps me afloat.
- Get ready for an experience like you have never had before. Regardless of where you might be coming from, I can almost guarantee that there will be things in Australia which you did not anticipate. As far as an actual advice, you should probably spend some time planning the trip. Australia has so many things that tourists should visit and many of them fail to see half of the attractions due to poor planning. As with any other travels, you should dedicate certain days to specific endeavors and try to maintain pace so that you can experience more.
- A few years ago, I had an older couple ask me to give them a rundown of areas that might be dangerous to visit due to wandering animals. To me, it was pretty strange because Australia is not exactly a jungle where a lion is bound to jump out of nowhere every few meters. I guess this is a misconception that many foreigners have!