Gus, you share a lot in common with Hollywood screen legend Steve McQueen. Apart from sharing the same name and great looks, you like fast cars, have great dress sense and the girls….just adore you. But on the 25th October 2008, just 17 years after leaving Scotch 91’ you married your wife Sara. What happened?
I fell in love, and have now have three daughters!
Not one to sit still, you founded the McQueen Financial Advice business in 1994, to oversee & manage the financial affairs of select families. And from humble beginnings, you now run a thriving business from the 21st floor @ 357 Collins Street in the heart of the financial precinct overlooking the Yarra. Do you have naming rights and is there a helipad?
No and no, in normal times it’s is a great place to catch up with busy people who work in the city. I’m getting used to being at home now!
But you do have the naming rights at Camberwell, McQueen Stadium!Like many of our sporting precincts, they are named after legends of sport…The Ponsford Stand, Rod Laver arena, The Chappell Stand and perhaps our most decorated sports hero, The Sir Donald Bradman Pavilion. What sport were you famous for?
I noticed in your archives a photo of you with Greg Norman, and were told you actually could hit the ball further than him. Is that true, and is it also true that it was a 9 hole Par 3 course for celebrities.
He is a hero of mine! I’m on the Board of the Geoff Ogilvy foundation, and have an interest in the talented young golfers who we support.
Does the name Gordon Gekko mean anything to you and do you like the odd cigar after closing a big transaction?
You have to like the movie Wall Street! I had a cigar after the 2019 under 19’s premiership.
The McQueen Group turned 25 last year, and I was privileged to be asked To the birthday party. Your Father, Don gave us a stirring speech about not just the success of your business but an insight into the person in the chair. Here are some takes –
“ Angus has always invested heavily in his staff and in return receives a wonderful level of loyalty from them. Staff turnover is minimal and when this does happen, they leave the company a better and more skilled person as a result of their stay”.
“This closeness and caring is fundamental in everything the company stands for, and it is this culture to help families achieve their financial goals which sets the McQueen group apart from the other pundits”
There are givers and there are takers in this world. Your company is a Platinum Corporate Partner and has been for some years now, a foundation member, you play an active role on the board, you always attend games despite the fact you have a young family and you have a stable of Old Scotch Players on your pay roll. Yet nothing fazes you. How do you do cope and what does a typical week look like for you during a normal season?
It’s fair to say the weeks normally go pretty fast! The kids lead you to many fun situations and constantly meeting new faces. Having a balance of interests & enjoying life all the way through, not just when you retire.
Would it be fair to say you are loyal and assuming the answer is yes, what does that mean to you?
Yes, and the more effort you put in to your relationships within the things you are interested in the more you get in return - and I very much mean that from a personal enjoyment point of view.
Given how much you do for the Club, how can we ever thank you? You mentioned in your corporate preamble that you are passionate about helping families achieve their financial goals. What does that mean?
We look at a family’s whole situation. Asset growth, tax planning, lending and Protection. People often believe they can’t contact me until everything with their financial affairs is perfect. This delays their contact for many years, possibly never making contact. I can add the most value when there are issues that you want to confidentially talk to someone about.
Are there any minimum requirements you require for couples to approach you for advice and what about established families?
I welcome any contact from our network, Especially if you have something on your mind.
When it comes to loyalty Gus you are royalty! Thank you for taking the time to participate in this interview.