SMEXIT: departure from corporate life for a portfolio of connecting, collaborating and co-creating

Stacey Martin and MC Susanne Bransgrove at Celebrate with Stacey event, 1 July, 2016.
Stacey Martin and MC Susanne Bransgrove at Celebrate with Stacey event, 1 July 2016.
An amazing celebration and wonderful messages from a diverse group of attendees at  “Celebrate with Stacey.” 

Around 80 work mates, business connections and good friends came together in Sydney’s CBD to farewell three decades of corporate life,  the last 16 years with NAB, and celebrate the next chapter at  a private function at The Lane Bar and Restaurant in Sydney.

Thanks to Big Review TV for capturing the event which can be viewed here.Farewell video
Susanne Bransgrove,  Families in Transition

MC and bestie Susanne recalled the introduction by a mutual connection David Simon, whilst establishing the Sydney practice of Amplifi, family governance and NED services expansion into Sydney. Strong alignment with family succession conversations vs wealth management continues to see many mutual opportunities.

David Thomas, Think Global Consulting

David was on holiday in the UK but recorded a message which can be viewed here. A regular contributor to the Australians International magazine more than 20 years ago, this was before the internet when distribution involved envelopes and stamps. Attending the Australia delegation to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong since 2013, David is passing the baton to Stacey for the

Attending the Australia delegation to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong since 2013, David is passing the baton to Stacey for the January 2017 mission and will continue to provide ongoing support for exporting Australia’s financial services capabilities.

Video message from David Thomas, Think Global
Video message from David Thomas, Think Global Consulting
Peter Black, Alchemy Group

Recapping a follow-up meeting from a NAB client event at The Lane, Stacey’s intention of targeting Peter’s executive coaching clients, turned into a career re-invention engagement. Peter is also responsible for Stacey’s prolific use of social media, with over 7,000 LinkedIn connections across Australia and Asia. Peter identified the key things you need to know in working with Stacey as:

Peter identified the key things you need to know in working with Stacey as:

  1. she likes people
  2. she likes wine
  3. she talks a lot!
Catherine Wong Doo, NAB Private Wealth

As an award-winning financial advisor Catherine and Stacey joined NAB Private as part of the original team establishing the Wealth Advisory business in 2000. Catherine shared insights into the ups and downs of corporate life as well as early stories fitting out the new office, business trips to Melbourne which turned into shopping extravaganzas, and unwavering passion for serving clients including building a niche serving clients working overseas.

Tim Hardy, Philanthropy Expert

The early days of Private Ancillary Funds saw an introduction to Tim then running Enrich, and ultimately joining NAB  to add structure to private clients giving and serving not-for-profits. Today Tim continues to support Stacey in exploring philanthropy with the rapidly growing wealth across Asia.

Prini Acharrie, Archery Capital

A highlight was Prini’s comparison of the recent surprise outcome for Britain to depart from the European Union or BREXIT to Stacey’s exit from NAB or SMEXIT which has been looked on much more positively! As global head of NAB Migrant Banking including the Significant Investor Visa concierge proposition, Prini reflected on the collaboration across the Asian banking, wealth and investment teams to build an integrated service for those new to Australia.

You can read the full transcript of Prini’s speech here. 

Liana Allan, Migration Alliance
Liana Allan, Migration Alliance and co-orgainiser of Melbourne Cup business networking event.
With Liana Allan, Migration Alliance.

Starting with a “selfie,” a tradition for events including the SIV Masterclass roadshows and the infamous Melbourne Cup business parties, Liana recalled meeting at a private charity event at Signorelli Gastronomia cooking class at Doltone House with Scott and Jenny Morrison prior to his becoming the Immigration Minister. A fast-paced entrepreneur, always seizing business opportunities, Liana recently invited Stacey to speak at Parliament house with the Harvard Women In Power alumni to share her career journey.

Craig West, Succession Plus

Venue host for the Expat Advisors Community discussion groups, Craig shared Stacey’s excitement in moving to a Portfolio Career and collaborating to support small and medium enterprises in the Aus-China space. Stacey will be working out of the SME Village co-working space and will be a regular presenter for the new SMEA Association small business radio program.

Succession Plus team Michael Vincent from Melbourne and David Cambridge, Sydney.
Succession Plus team Michael Vincent from Melbourne and David Cambridge, Sydney.
Ray Evans, Australian Business Forum

ABF-logo-w-Cn-011CEO of the Melbourne-based Aus-China event, business matching and media company, Ray welcomed Stacey to the role of Director APAC setting up the NSW presence for ABF.  He reflected on the long-term relationship from corporate sponsorship to overseas delegations, including the upcoming showcase to Xiamen China, and being invited to speak on SIV across the ABF platforms in 2015.

Á big thank-you from Stacey

It has been a privilege to be part of each other’s lives and a community with aligned values, shared learnings and experiences and unwavering support and encouragement. Am excited about the abundance of opportunities evolving in the Asian Century.

Thomas Tang and Stacey Martin, NAB with Jennifer Fong, Visacorp at SIV event in Hong Kong
SIV event in Hong Kong

The way we work today has been transformed with technology, global markets and specialist expertise to add value through trusted relationships. Now embarking on my third career that wasn’t invented when I was at school, the future not only looks bright but we will continue to have a lot of fun along the way!

Stacey Martin assists wealthy families and SMEs with cross-jurisdictional opportunities between Australia and Asia, particularly China. Through building relationships and understanding broader needs and objectives, Stacey provides integrated solutions through connecting appropriate strategic partners and professional services providers. 

To find out how Stacey can support you and your Aus-China business objectives Contact Us or call +61 413 127 677.