Twenty-seventeen’s been a great year for Fulcrum, and we’ve been in the privileged position of being able to lead with both our hearts and our heads.
If we thought 2016 had been a rocky year for the entire world, we hadn’t reckoned on 2017. One thing remained constant in 2017, however: the Fulcrum Group’s sustained growth, and the entrenchment of the company’s position as a leading financial services brand.
Health was top of mind for us at the beginning of the year, as we held our annual Fulcrum Discovery Health and Wellness Day – in which over 50 staff participated. Staying on the health front, Fulcrum’s people clearly had oodles of energy for great sporting events: they participated in the Two Oceans Marathon, 947 Cycle Challenge, the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN, the Tour de Tuli MTB race, charity rides and much more …
And we had plenty of vroom left over to support others, too. With the launch of our Fulcrum corporate wear, we hosted a “swop shop” for our team to donate an item of clothing in exchange for their new Fulcrum golfer. Our generous colleagues donated a huge pile of clothing, which enabled us to donate clothing to the Johannesburg Organisation for the Shelter of the Homeless (JOSH), as well as send some clothing to Knysna to support the victims of the devastating fires there.
Another initiative that our team enjoyed was the Mandela Day Blanket in a Bag activation, in which each Fulcrum team member was given a blanket that they could donate to someone in need. We ended the year with a Santa Shoebox workshop, and we donated over 80 shoeboxes to the charity!
We also networked actively throughout the year, including the IIG president’s inaugural dinner, annual dinners, awards functions, golf days and ladies’ events – a highlight being the Fulcrum-sponsored SAUMA luncheon at La Vie en Rose in Killarney, at which radio and TV personality Anele Mdoda had the ladies in stiches with her tales.
Fulcrum made its presence known in the industry, too. Our own Liebie du Plessis represented us with aplomb as one of the members of the Insurance Institute of Gauteng’s (IIG) Class of 2017, ending the year with a bang when she was awarded the Swiss Re Top Student Award. Her Class of 2017 classmate Muhammed Doola was the winner of the Fulcrum Future Leader Award.
(Speaking of the IIG, we also spread the love a little by sponsoring a coveted place on the IIG International tour to Hong Kong and Singapore. That spot was won by Ryno de Kock, who said afterwards that his first-ever overseas trip was “awesome!”)
We were proud to have some of our Fulcrum team members sharing invaluable insights with the industry. Our CEO, Vaughan Jones, spoke at the IIG Insights Entrepreneurship Session; Devan Kerr represented Fulcrum at the Insurance Conferenc, in interviews with both RISKAFRICA and FAnews, Michelle Pedra featured in the FIA Insights, and our IT guru, Andre van Rooyen, was interviewed for FAnews.
We were proud to play a role in business and arts, with the launch of the Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, which allowed us the opportunity to remember a former team member, as well as support South African arts and artists with the development of a curatorial mentorship. We made the argument in COVER magazine for why businesses should support the arts; read it here.
Layla Leiman, winner of the 2017 Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, hosted her show, WORK:PLAY, in June; we’ve also just announced the 2018 winner, Dineke van der Walt, who will host her exhibition in June 2018. We ended the year with the announcement that our founders, executive chairman Ian Bain and CEO, Vaughan, will be stepping down early in 2018 – Vaughan’s looking forward to spending some time with his family before considering his next venture, and Ian’s considering retirement and the opportunity to pursue other interests.
They’ve laid a solid foundation for Fulcrum, and it’ll certainly be business as usual going forward; Fulcrum Capital head Peter Gordon takes over as CEO, and Dean Hyde of Skein Capital as executive chairman.