Greg O'Neill

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Greg O'Neill
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Born (1962-05-28) 28 May 1962 (age 52)
Leongatha, Victoria, Australia
Residence Melbourne Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Monash University Melbourne
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Katie O'Neill (m. 1992)
Parents Ray O'Neill (1923–2007),
Gloria O'Neill (1924 – )
Awards Wealth Executive of Year Nomination (2011)
Australian Entrepreneur of Year Nomination (2012)
Social Media Power 50 (2013)

Gregory Kevin (Greg) O'Neill born 1962 is an Australian businessman and the current President & CEO of La Trobe Financial,[1] one of Australia's leading bank independent credit specialist Fund Managers. In 2011, O'Neill was nominated by Rainmaker Group as the 2011 Wealth Management Executive of the year. O'Neill assumed the position of CEO at La Trobe Financial in May 1997, succeeding his father Mr Ray O'Neill who founded the company in 1952.

Early life, education and personal life[edit]

Greg O'Neill, born the youngest of five children, grew up in the Gippsland countryside. Siblings include Dr D'arne O'Neill, Carolyn Margaret Fickler B.Nursing (Nursing sister), Prof Phillip Raymond O'Neill BA Hons (Melb), Masters (Melb), PhD (NYU) (US based published academic (deceased July 2013)) and Margot O'Neill BA Hons (Melb), Fellowship (Oxf) (Senior Investigative Journalist: Lateline ABC, dual Walkley Award Winner, UN Media Peace Award, lead singer The Jetsonnes (1978–1980) later Hunters and Collectors, published author of Blind Conscience (UNSW Press)).

O’Neill completed a Bachelor of Economics & Econometrics at Monash University (1982), and in 2000 completed Securities Institute of Australia (SIA) Certificate of "Financial Planning – Principles & Practice".

O’Neill married Catherine (Katie) Allen in 1992; they have five children: Grace, Gina, Brigitte, Robbie & Lucy.

Professional career[edit]

In 1983 O'Neill joined the US based IT Company NCR Limited as an Account Manager. Thereafter he was appointed Trainee company secretary at Security Permanent Building Society in Melbourne then owned by Advance Bank of Australia Limited, before joining La Trobe Financial in 1985.

In 1990 he was appointed, by the Attorney General Jan Wade, to a government Advisory Committee on housing policy.

During the period 1992 – 2002 O’Neill was a member of the International Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA).

1998 saw O’Neill placed on the Finance experts Register at the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance (AIBF).

Chairman (2006–2009) of the Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club Limited when the club appeared in all four finals of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) winning two National Championships.

And in 2011 he nominated as the 2011 Wealth Management Executive of the Year by Rainmaker.

2012 Nominated to Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year.[2]

2013 recognised by Financial Standard as one of the 50 most influential social media users in finance #gregceo in the FSPOWER50 rankings.[3]

Present[edit]

After joining La Trobe Financial (founded by his late father Ray – author of Starting your own business, Job Fever[4]) Greg has overseen a modernisation and corporatisation of the business into one of Australia's most respected independent bank brands. O'Neill was appointed CEO on 31 May 1997 after 12 years employment at La Trobe Financial.

O'Neill is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Senior Fellow (Life) of Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia).

La Trobe Financial, established 1952, is a bank independent credit specialist Funds Manager having managed over $10billion of investment mandates, and is now expanding into the International market after the opening of their Shanghai Office in 2008.

The company is recognised as a leading innovator in both product and service offerings in the private property debit market in Australia.[5] For the last five consecutive years, La Trobe Financial has been voted Australia's Best Mortgage Fund by Money magazine,[6] and recently Awarded two international Funds Management Awards from AIAIR in Hong Kong.

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