The GM of Pivotal Financial, Matthew Andrews, reflects on the launch of RE/MAX Australia’s finance arm, his first job, and the lessons he has learned from a 20 year career in finance
Q: What’s one of your recent career highlights?
A: I have enjoyed many career highlights during my 20-plus years in financial services. One recent highlight was launching Pivotal Financial with RE/MAX Australia in August last year and leading the real estate brand’s finance arm into an exciting new era of growth along with growing a relationship with Connective as our aggregator.
Pivotal Financial shares the same core values and beliefs as RE/MAX Australia, and the shared vision is to be a leader in innovation in a continually changing industry. Driving innovation is the experience we want for our finance and real estate arms. I have worked hard to implement new ideas and improve our existing processes, services and productivity for the benefit of the end consumer. Innovation keeps us one step ahead of our competitors and is a major catalyst for growth and the success of our business.
Q: What do you wish you’d known when you started out in finance?
A: You don’t have to be rich to invest. There’s a big notion that only those with a lot of money have the capability to invest in stocks or funds. Even though you most likely won’t be rich overnight, it’s never a bad idea to use investments as a way of saving.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was as a paperboy, delivering the local paper by pushbike. I would ride around the local area for four hours, with a milk crate strapped to the front of my bike, to earn a grand sum of $35. Getting chased by dogs and avoiding potholes was a highlight! These days I enjoy getting out on my bike whenever I have a chance. There are so many great cycle paths and trails in and around Brisbane, and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Q: If you had the MFAA’s CEO over for dinner, what would you serve?
A: I love to cook for family and friends when I have the time. For the CEO, I would serve Peking duck. It is my signature dish, which I enjoy cooking with my wife. I would offer it with a bottle Central Otago pinot noir I do enjoy a glass of red while I’m cooking!