Leading superannuation fund Prime Super is the principal partner and long-time supporter of the RCSA.
The Brief sat down with Regional Manager Louie Gorgijeski to discuss his personal life, his career and the superannuation challenges facing RCSA members.
Q: Tell us about Louie Gorgijeski away from work.
I grew up in Sydney for the first 13 years of my life and then Dad and Mum decided to move to Brisbane after the World Expo in 1988, as Dad worked in the construction industry.
I’m married to Anna, who works in the aged care sector as a construction manager and we have three amazing kids – Matthew, 12, Kate, 10, and Elizabeth, 3, as well as one crazy Boston Terrier called Billy.
Away from work I love spending quality time with my family, including plenty of weekend sports and enjoying the moment, whatever that is, with my family.
I love all sports and do F45 and play soccer in the local competition. I also love rugby league, AFL and tennis. My favourite teams are Liverpool, Carlton FC and the Canterbury Bulldogs.
I am also in the final stages of completing my MBA and looking forward to getting some more time back in my life.
Q: You have a strong history in financial planning and superannuation with some of Australia’s leading brands. Tell us about your professional career to date. How did you get into the superannuation game?
My first job, while I was still at school, was with Woolworths, which offered me a management position while I worked out what I wanted to do career-wise.
I decided I wanted to get into the financial services industry to help people grow their wealth and protect it, through education or awareness.
I was inspired by my parents who didn’t understand insurance, superannuation and wealth creation.
My Dad worked for a friend who owned a construction company for more than 15 years and then he went bust and my Dad was left with no super. From that experience I realised that I wanted to work in finance and change peoples’ lives through education.
My first role in the financial services industry was as a BDM for Budget Direct Insurance, dealing with motor and home insurance through partnerships.
After four years I moved to Suncorp as a financial planner and got the chance to help people realise what is possible with sound advice. Unfortunately, during my first year at Suncorp the GFC hit and the company axed more than 800 staff in 2009, including me.
I later joined BT/Westpac and spent four great years in management in the contact centre (superannuation, retirement and investments) and as business development officer in insurance.
I spent time with Sunsuper, managing the member service and advice team and