Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Courting the Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Courting the Coast

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DAVID Marshall learnt respect and appreciation for money as a child growing up on a farm in tiny Ashburton, south-west of Christchurch.

"I used to make lots of pocket money doing all sorts of things around the farm ...carting hay, driving tractors and headers," Suncorp's new Executive General Manager for Queensland said.

"It is interesting to see a renewed focus today around saving and planning and the same old principles. You've got to save it to spend it, and you can't spend it before you've saved it.

"Farmers have to do that because they live season by season and they deal with dynamics most of us don't need to worry about like the weather, commodity prices, interest rates; and they have to manage all of those things every day of the week.

"If you grow up in that environment with your father at the dining table trying to digest all these things, your awareness becomes quite acute.

"You learn respect and understanding for money, and you get to appreciate the small things in life."

Mr Marshall has gone on to much bigger things, racking up 23 years in the banking industry across commercial, retail and agribusiness. He quit a position with Bank of Queensland to take up the Suncorp role two months ago.

"My aim is to lead the growth agenda at Suncorp with a big focus around small business," he said.

"There is a very large and long-standing agribusiness sector within Suncorp that's been around since 1902 and we're very keen to grow that share aggressively. …

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