In September 2015, BTP Insider spoke with husband and wife partnership behind the successful financial planning business Grow Money. Visionary Executive Officer, John Virk, and Director, Neeru Virk, talk to us about what makes them successful leaders.
How did the business begin and what were some hurdles or achievements you encountered along the way?
John Virk: After 21 years experience in the global finance industry, I decided to start my own business while managing the finance department of a large BRW listed company.
Neeru Virk: I always liked the idea of a one stop shop for the business, so I enrolled in Griffith University to do a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accounting and Financial Planning. I finished the course in two years and four months. I was working at the same time and looking after my young daughter, so time management was a big hurdle.
What do you believe you bring to your company?
John: A clear vision and path to follow for all members of staff. We help people who work for us realise their potential; how to become a tree out of a seed.
Neeru: Vision, leadership, dedication.
What do you attribute your success to?
John: My discipline backed by my knowledge and experience.
Neeru: Investing in education and using that education to build a strong and resilient business. Our clients are not just sitting in the office of a normal accountant, finance broker, or financial planner. We offer a one stop shop with a team equipped with the skills to understand the unique needs of each client.
What advice do you have for others seeking success in your field?
John: Get support. Get the system to work for you rather than fighting the system. What is the first thing that women or men do? They start fighting. No: get the system to work for you.
Neeru: If you want to do it, just do it. Life is too precious. We get one chance and there’s no looking back.
What does the future have in store for your business?
John: The expansion of our business with a key focus on profitability.
Neeru: Growth: we’re very positive.