December 2015 was both busy and exciting as we welcomed two new businesses – Health-e Workforce Solutions and Advantage Salary Packaging – into the Smartgroup family. Then in January, we brought CEO John Day and his business, Smartequity (previously Trinity Management Group) into the Smartgroup fold, and another exciting chapter has begun.
Thanks to John and his team, Smartgroup has extended its suite of services to include employee equity plan administration.
I first met John 15 years ago and was impressed with his deep knowledge of the share plan sector. We’re only just getting to know the rest of John’s team, and it helps us to understand better how Smartequity has become a success. We’re excited at the engagement of the Smartequity team, and it’s been a real pleasure to get to know them.
John Day, CEO, Smartequity
Initially, it was my respect for Deven that attracted me to Smartgroup. I have known Deven for a very long time since he first started with Smartsalary.
One can only admire how the business has grown; attracting quality executive talent to become the success Smartgroup is today. I understand the salary packaging business well; much of the FBT legislation for share plan administration and salary packaging is similar. And when FBT was first introduced, I was advising companies on remuneration planning for their senior executives.
I recently spoke at Smartgroup’s executive meeting, and I said then that having worked for myself for many years I was concerned about being part of a public company and having bosses to report to. But as I told the gathering, I have not met a Smartgroup executive that I did not like.
What is new is the level of support from across the business, including Marketing, Legal, Accounting, IT, HR and, in particular, the Executive Management Team. All have been very easy to work with.
There is a strong culture at Smartgroup – one of mutual respect. I’m still running my company; the main thing that has changed is the ownership.
To me, it’s simple: if I perform and if Smartequity performs, I will be left alone. If I don’t, well then I can expect, let’s just say, a greater level of support!
I’m pleased to report that here at Smartequity, we are enjoying working with the Smartgroup team.