Hendrik Spies, 32

Hendrik is proud to be a CA(SA) and certified financial planner. He was born and bred in Malmesbury, Western Cape, where he now heads up Spies Praktyk, a financial planning practice under Old Mutual Personal Financial Advice (PFA). His number one goal in life is to help others and make a difference in his community. Putting a smile on people’s faces is what drives him.

This dynamic young entrepreneur is involved in multiple businesses and projects and he is particularly passionate about the education and development of South African youth. In 2018, he co-founded and built a local primary school, Better Beginnings College, with two clients. More than 100 children are currently being educated at the school and several jobs have been created.

As the head of Spies Praktyk, he has helped develop several top young financial advisers in Old Mutual PFA. Earlier this year he won the Chairman’s Prize as Old Mutual PFA’s top financial adviser in South Africa − the youngest person ever to have achieved this.

Hendrik is a natural leader and currently serves as the chairman of Old Mutual PFA’s National Adviser Forum, leading more than 2 000 advisers and doing his bit to secure a bright future for his profession. He is also currently one of six finalists in the Financial Planner of the Year Award hosted by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa − the highest accolade in his industry.

Spies Praktyk has twice been awarded Best Medium Business of the Year by the Malmesbury Chambers of Commerce. They are involved in a number of local charity projects aimed at serving their community and influencing those around them positively.

In addition to his love for financial planning, Hendrik is a founding partner of an accounting firm and the owner of a property company. His success is built on the problem-solving skills and ‘vasbyt’ he learned in qualifying as a professional.

He is a family man and is married to his college sweetheart with whom he shares three beautiful sons.

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