Marty Stallone has achieved a great deal throughout his time as the executive vice president of development for Metropolitan Development Group. The broad-based land-development company — commonly known as MDG — has earned a reputation as an exceptional provider of comprehensive service offerings relating to land development. This versatility has allowed the company to specialize in all manner of development projects, including commercial, residential, and industrial.
Marty, a graduate of Cornell University, has close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and in the public markets. This experience has certainly contributed to the efficacy of Marty’s leadership style with MDG, but it has also enabled him to regularly share his insight and expertise concerning a wide variety of relevant subjects as a featured speaker at countless conferences and seminars.
1. What do you do for work?
I’m the executive vice president of development for MDG, a land development company based out of Eastern Pennsylvania.
2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I’ve studied finance and economics for as long as I can remember, so the choice to pursue a career in my current field was quite natural.
3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
Our development projects span quite a range and include residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Due to the company’s versatility, we are able to create affordable residential communities as well as affordable commercial or industrial properties.
4. What is it that you enjoy most about Victoria, Australia?
There is a lot that I enjoy about Victoria, but I’ve always felt drawn to the beautiful cliffs that line so many parts of Victoria’s coast.
5. What do you do for recreation?
When I have some time strictly devoted to recreation, I often choose to spend a day out on the water while fishing.
6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’d like to explore all the parts of Africa I have yet to visit. I’ve always enjoyed traveling there but have not had the time necessary to experience the whole continent.
7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
As a spectator sport, cricket has grown on me quite a bit over the past few years.
8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
Although it was quite controversial at the time, I admired former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for offering an apology to the Aboriginal peoples for their treatment by previous administrations. However you feel about the sentiment, you have to admire the willingness to admit when you are wrong and to own up to it in whatever way possible.
9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Don’t leave Australia without making firm plans to return in the near future.
10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
I can’t recall any question that was especially outrageous since I have been here, but I’m sure it happens with relative frequency no matter where you happen to be in the world.