Our short interview with Steve shows a hard-working family man, with a diverse portfolio of experience, and a passion for helping others (and cricket!).
Read the interview below to find out more about Steve:
I was a dentist for over 20 years, finishing up as a partner in a practice in Glendowie, Auckland. I also worked as a dentist in Australia and the Middle East. Sometime after this I obtained an MBA which was a great challenge, but very satisfying and enjoyable. With this new-found knowledge I then started a significant online retail website. As it has evolved, more and more tasks have been out-sourced, so I could now turn my attention to a more people-based industry and to be honest, a more meaningful occupation.
As a family man with three growing boys, I don’t have a lot of time, but one passion that I have been able to share with my boys is cricket. I have been heavily involved with the University Cricket club both as a member of the junior club board and also as a team coach for 8 seasons.
That’s a good question. The MBA was a big goal that I recently achieved and now I need another!
The simple answer is that I want to help people. The way that I can help people as an insurance adviser is to help families protect themselves against financial catastrophe caused by sickness, injury or death.
This is a big deal if you think about it. People work hard for what they have and one event can take it all away and cause incredible hardship and misery for the whole family leading to a chain of consequences. With the right insurance, that bad event may end up just being a bump on the road of life and not a life-defining car crash. That’s why I’m excited about insurance!
My main focus is giving great advice that matches the needs of my clients. Having said that, I’m getting very interested in the concept of group insurance because it means bringing insurance, via the workplace, to people who may not otherwise have any.
I really believe in insurance. It really does work. Insurance companies really do pay out. I have a personal insurance story, and so I know that it works!