Hi, I’m Mark Timm.  I am the CEO of the most valuable business in the world – My Family.  I am also the President and CEO of Ziglar Family, and the company I co-founded 15 years ago, Cottage Garden, Inc. Click on the brief video below to discover more of my story.

My Content

For years I have been experimenting with innovative ways to leverage my business success to win at home.  It all fell into place a few years ago when I incorporated my family into a business and began thinking of my family as the most valuable business in the world.

Since that point the results have been nothing less than staggering for me and for my family.

However, it is important to know that this has not always been the case for us.  I spent years challenged by integrating my business life and family life.

There were days that I would make more than 100 decisions in my business with confidence and clarity but I would struggle to make the first three decisions that hit me as I walked into the door of my own home.

I also struggled with my leadership role at home.  At work there was a clear structure and chain of command, but at home the structure was fuzzy and the chain of command was anything but clear.

Thankfully, that chaos ended for my wife and me when I discovered a way to bring these two worlds together.


This blog is for you….

  • If you want to own the most valuable business in the world.
  • If you’re looking for ways to create wins in your home.
  • If you want the clarity to transition from work to home seamlessly.
  • If you want the confidence to lead your family the way you know you were called to lead.
  • If you want every member of your family to accomplish all that they were put on earth to do.

My Family

I have one amazing partner in this business of family: my wife, Ann.  We are the parents of six of the coolest kids on the planet — three boys (Markus, Kavyn, Zachary) and three girls (Mary, Cassandra & Grace).


Our mission is to empower our family to Love God, Live Right and Lead All Out.

All six kids are share holders of our family business and participate actively in growing the bottom line and equity value of our family.

We carry out our mission in the rural community of Bainbridge, Indiana.

My Biography

I am currently the CEO of Ziglar Family, and I have been the CEO of Cottage Garden for fifteen years.  We are the #1 supplier of musical gift products in North America.

In 2009, Cottage Garden was named runner-up as the National Small Business of the Year.  Now we have over 200 sales representatives in ten countries and our products are found in tens of thousands of retailers worldwide.

I have spoken professionally for over twenty-five years, giving thousands of speeches to over one million people in forty-eight states. I have introduced the President of the United States and the First Lady on National television. 

I’ve worked for the White House, Kellogg’s, the National FFA and USA Today.  I attended Purdue University and the University of Maryland and I hold degrees in agricultural sales and marketing. .  I served as the National Future Farmers of America president as a young man, and more recently as the 2013 National Chairman of Board FFA.  I also own a successful real estate management company, Timm Investments, LLC. 

ogMXi51LfU4gyxxwe6aax9Dm_Mm89grv7grv74il_8oI am active in my local church and love to coach my kids’ sports teams.

I am passionate about the development of young leaders.  I served on the National FFA Foundation board for seven years, the Board of Trustees for five years, and as the Chairman in 2013.

I am currently Chairman of the local FFA advisory board where all six of my kids are members.

I enjoy being connected with nature in some way, dating my wife, and spending time with my family — even if that means we get a little crazy sometimes.


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  • Jaime Zetter

    I just watched your live stream & I was motivated by it. I would love a copy of Zig Ziegler’s book you spoke about

  • Jeannie Schulman

    I first learned about you on the interview on the Zig Ziglar podcast. You have a beautiful family, and I love what you are doing. I received your e-book and thought it was designed beautifully. As one writer to another, may I ask what program/company you used to create and design your e-book? I am writing one and would like to model it after what you’ve done. In advance, I appreciate your help. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. Thank you!

    • Mark Timm

      Hi Jeannie, I’d be glad to share it with you. Please email jen@ziglarfamily.com and she will provide you with our designer’s contact information. Thanks so much!