John enjoys being active and being involved in a small community organisations.
Name: Gus Smarrini
Your role: Senior Consultant, Practice Development
Region: Melbourne, Victoria
What’s your story?
I am married and have two children, Sarah who is 19 and Ben who is just 6 months old. I grew up in Lalor and completed a Marketing diploma upon finishing high school whilst working for what was then Colonial Mutual. After leaving Colonial, I became an adviser/practice manager for 10 years which was a fantastic learning curve and decided to return to the corporate world in 1999 as a compliance manager with ING. I joined MLC as a PDM in 2008.
How have you made a difference?
I like to think that I’ve made a difference by creating a community and a sense of belonging amongst my adviser network. This was done by creating ‘Peer Forums’ where advisers could get to know each other, share ideas and their concerns and have empathy with each other. I also established what is known as the Victorian Advice Partnerships Annual Charity Event. This year we ran our third charity event and raised $ 18K and awareness for Fight MND. The object of this event is to further build our community by extending the invitation to Advisers, their staff, clients and MLC/NAB staff. This occurs around 21 weeks prior to the AFL season and we have a panel of footy experts, an auction and a key note speaker from the aligned charity. So far we have helped Beyond Blue, NICK Foundation and of course Fight MND.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family and helping others. I have a passion for writing and moonlighted as a sports journalist for 15 years being involved with both the Geelong Football Club as both their magazine and website correspondent and with Radio SEN. I have authored four sporting books as well. And yes, I’m passionate about the Geelong Football Club!