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Brett Clark's hidden talent
Brett Clark is a Senior Account Manager in our General division. With over 30 years experience in the insurance industry, he has been at GSA for almost 20 years. We sat down with Brett to find out when he is the happiest, what he is most proud of and he shares his greatest fears. We also learnt about his unique musical talent and his favourite holiday destination.
How did you get into insurance?
After a year in the bank as a clerk, I knew pretty early on that I was not interested in depositing other people’s money. I saw an ad in the Daily Telegraph for an insurance role at Commercial Union (now CGU) in North Sydney for a Credit Control clerk. So I spent 11.5 years at CGU with various roles until my previous boss, Paul Hines, who had joined GSA in 1995 ruthlessly headhunted me in 1999 to join GSA which I have been part of for almost 20 years now. So short answer, I fell into it like most others at the time!
Who do you look up to?
Anyone great or small, poor or rich who shows integrity and has other people’s interests (“love thy neighbour”). I have always stuck with the biblical principal that “the greatest (leader) amongst you is the one who serves” (Matthew 23:11)
What is your greatest talent outside of work?
I would not say talent, but I can play the didgeridoo.
What are you most proud of?
Pride is a divisive word so more grateful than proud to have a beautiful and loving wife and children and to watch them grow and blossom, despite all the challenges in life.
What do you do to relax?
Mow the lawn.
When are you the happiest?
When I am mowing the lawn – some people just don’t get it!
If you could have talent, what would it be?
To be able to play the piano like a professional without learning.
What is your favourite food?
Everything that does not contain BBQ Sauce.
What is your favourite holiday place to visit?
Our family in recent times have been staying at a friend’s farm at Thora which is 10 minutes from Bellingen (30 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour). For a week I can drive tractors and ride on mowers, swim in and drink from fresh water rivers, waterfalls, battle with black snakes and spiders and dine at the local restaurants. Vietnam and Florence are also special places!
What is your greatest fear?
Not loving and serving God. Oh, and my tiny pet cavoodle when she has a bone in her mouth – vicious!
What is on your bucket-list?
I am not a ‘bucket-list’ type of person and can sleep comfortable at night knowing that I have not visited every country in the world, eaten at every best restaurant, jumped out of a plane, walked on burning coals, and climbed Mount Everest!
What motivates you to get up every day?
(Apart from lower back pain), I believe that the decisions you make today will determine where you spend eternity. That motivates me to get up each day.
What do you enjoy most about working with GSA?
GSA has been a big part of my life. I got married when I was at GSA, bought my first home whilst at GSA and had our two daughters whilst at GSA. We talk a lot about GSA being one big family so in this context, it is like an extension of my own family life, both challenging but rewarding. I enjoy the friendships from both the work colleagues and clients, especially those that I have been associated with for more than 15 years. I enjoy the fact that GSA makes you work hard and encourages you to challenge yourself, but also fair and responsible for our wellbeing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?