MEET THE TEAM
Jess and Kayne came up with the concept of a new, holistic take on financial advising while living in Australia, wanting to turn financial services into something more than a transactional environment. Luckily for Kiwis everywhere, they brought that fresh thinking back to New Zealand in 2013. What started as Manage My Money morphed into Money Empire, and the team’s now grown to include several Registered Financial Advisers. The team is based in Ponsonby, Auckland, but they’re doing business all over the country thanks to the convenience of technology!
Australian export Jess has all of the client services and administrative know-how a company could dream of. She’s been in this area since 2007, with a particular background in law and finance back across the ditch. So she’s well-equipped to manage and maintain Money Empire’s business and client relationships.
Jess is hugely proud of what Money Empire does, and she’s got a particular passion for providing clients with all the right information and support to work towards better financial decisions and the ultimate construction of their own empires! She loves when she can tell that clients are confident and proud of their financial situation – knowing that she’s helped to permanently change a client’s life for the better is a pretty top-notch feeling.
Another passion close to Jess’s heart is Australian Calisthenics, something she’s been involved in for 25 years. It’s a dance sport that isn’t really known outside of Jess’s homeland, so she’s working to change that! She teaches a Calisthenics class every week here in Auckland, with a group of young girls eager to learn more.
When Jess isn’t helping her clients and team at Money Empire, she is chasing after her toddler daughter Evie!
Kayne’s business background started out with the solid foundation of a BCom in Auckland. He headed across the ditch to develop his career further, and after qualifying as a financial planner, he spent seven years working in Australia before heading home. He’s been back for four years now – and he’s entirely passionate about the company that he’s built from the ground up – Money Empire.
From Kayne’s perspective, Money Empire fills a giant gap in New Zealand’s financial advice sector. The average kiwi is often a little clueless when it comes to financial know-how – and Kayne’s making sure that Money Empire does what it can to tailor its offerings so that people get what they need – both in terms of product and education.
He’s a statistics buff and a sports fanatic. Rugby’s very close to his heart, and he’s an ardent supporter of the All Blacks and the Blues. And if he wasn’t in the financial advice sector? Kayne reckons he’d be mining gold in Alaska on the programme Gold Rush. Gold’s always a good investment, after all!
Tackling each day with his wicked sense of humour, keen eye for detail, and enthusiasm for helping people achieve their financial goals – that’s what makes Goran tick.
He has a background in insurance brokerage administration, including time in both Fire & General and Commercial teams. But in 2016, he decided that the time had come to push himself further career-wise and he became a Registered Financial Adviser.
Goran thrives on listening to people’s stories to understand their goals and situation as best he can – then on taking them through their financial journey. He’s pretty sure that there’s no better feeling than helping a family buy their first home – and helping people protect their most important asset: themselves!
When he’s not helping make people financially secure and confident with Money Empire, you can usually find Goran spending time with his family. He’s a massive fan of the Warriors, and a devotee to all kinds of music. And in case you’ve never heard the name before, Goran is a Slavic name meaning ‘mountain man’.
Lisa brings some serious financial savvy to the Money Empire team, with nine years at Westpac under her belt. From the retail side of things, to working as a teller, a lender and a manager, she’s seen it all – and has accumulated a lot of valuable knowledge on the way.
It was dealing with a Money Empire client in a bank capacity that Lisa discovered our company – and seeing the way our system worked from an outside perspective was what drew her in. She’s super on board with helping clients manage their finances – something she loved doing at the bank, and loves doing with Money Empire now!
At work and at play, Lisa’s very fastidious about keeping things organised – she freely admits to always needing everything in its place. She’s most at home in the company of family and friends, whether she’s relaxing in familiar company or firing up the barbecue.
Lisa has recently welcomed a new addition to her family, beautiful baby girl Chloe who is the first bundle of joy for Lisa and her partner.
Isa has spent the last 15 years playing professional rugby in both Ireland and New Zealand, returning home to New Zealand in July of 2018. Isa knew that retirement was inevitable so the change of careers to a to Registered Financial Adviser was the next challenge and career path he decided to take.
Isa met Kayne and Jess many years ago so knew he was coming to work for great people with great values. Working with a driven company is what Isa has said was important to him.
After spending so much time in the professional sport industry, Isa has seen the positives and negatives of how athletes and their families benefit or don’t from their often-short careers. Having a young family of his own, always having one eye on the future and protecting his family is important to him.
Isa is looking forward to working with people from all walks of life and is eager to help people achieve their financial goals and future dreams.
When Isa is not working he enjoys spending time with friends and family, surfing, coffee and American BBQ’S.
Neve is new to the finance world and has come from a background of early childhood. Neve is the new Client Service Coordinator and is eager to learn more about the finance industry and give exceptional customer service. After spending two years nannying Neve decided it was time to take the leap and move into a new industry. When she met Kayne and Jess through a family friend she knew straight away that this was the job for her.
When Neve is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach, surfing and spending time with friends. Neve has a passion for travelling, a love for music and the latest fashions. Neve likes to keep fit by going to the gym and doing outdoor boot camp classes.