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2017 Daniher Drive

McLardy McShane proudly participate in this event because we want to make a difference. We’re inspired by the work of Fight MND and continue to support them by raising money as part of our participation in Daniher’s Drive 2017. Please help us help them by giving whatever you can. The more people that know about Fight MND, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! You can donate by clicking here

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2017 McLardy McShane Group Conference

McLardy McShane conference celebrates decade of success

About 150 delegates headed for Hamilton Island over the weekend for the McLardy McShane conference.

The expanding brokerage is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and it is 35 years since CEO Don McLardy and director Mike McShane first met.

The conference heard the company expects an $80 million turnover this year, and profit of $2 million.

In the past year, an underwriting agency and in-house finance company have been established, a new branch opened in Sydney, and eight new authorised representatives have joined the group.

“People are paramount in our group and it is great to have 150 join us in Hamilton Island for our 10th anniversary celebrating the past, present and future of McLardy McShane,” Mr McLardy said.

“It’s a fun-filled couple of days showcasing our values and culture, as well as openly sharing our business plans and the future direction of the McLardy McShane Group.”




McLardy McShane names award winners

Winners of the annual McLardy McShane awards were announced at the group’s annual conference last week on Hamilton Island.

About 150 staff, authorised representatives (ARs), partners and industry colleagues attended the two-day conference to celebrate McLardy McShane’s 10th anniversary.

Scott O’Neill of CP Insurance Services collected the branch of the year award, and McLardy McShane Assistant Accountant Fatma Kulafi was named employee of the year.

AR of the year was Edge Insurance Services’ Garth King, while Jamie Mercieca and Sharron Healy were recognised for 10 years’ service with the brokerage, and Vishal Kapoor for five years. Marketing Manager Rachel Sozzi received the “McCulture” award and Amanda Taylor of the Albury branch was crowned “rising star”.

LMI MD Allan Manning and McLardy McShane’s former receptionist Maureen Anderson were inducted into the company’s “hall of fame”.

And Macquarie Business Bank National Head of Insurance Broking  Eoghan Trehy was recognised for his performance on the dancefloor with the “McMoment” award.



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2017 McLardy McShane Golf Day

McLardy McShane adds $30,000 to fundraising total

Melbourne-based broker McLardy McShane’s first gala sports dinner and golf day at the Victorian town of Swan Hill raised more than $30,000 for the charities Reach and Cure for MND.

The dinner at the Murray Downs golf club was attended by more than 150 people and featured an “on the couch” segment hosted by veteran AFL journalist Mike Sheahan.

Guests included former Essendon footballer and Melbourne coach Neale Daniher, who has become a leader in fundraising for motor neurone disease research following his diagnosis with the disease.

Reach Foundation CEO and former Richmond player Chris Naish were also among the high-profile guests.

Reach, which supports people aged 10-18, was established in 1994 by Brownlow medallist and youth motivator Jim Stynes and film director Paul Currie.

This year 25 teams competed on the golf course, with the annual event shifting from its traditional Portsea home for the first time.



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2016 McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch

Brokerage’s festive fundraiser tops $100,000


Industry professionals dug deep at the eighth McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch in Melbourne last week, raising more than $105,000 for the Reach Foundation.

The brokerage has raised more than $900,000 for the Reach Foundation since its first Christmas lunch in 2009. The foundation helps about 40,000 young Australians each year.

More than half the sum raised at last week’s event went to Reach’s Fused program, comprising five workshops designed for participants aged 13-17 to make connections and increase self-awareness and resilience. The workshop costs $1250 per participant.

A swift whip-around organised by Don McLardy saw $18,550 raised by donations from Sally Stewart (Stewart Insurance Group); Ben Gair (Australian General Insurance Services); NTI; QBE; Warren Mills (Sports Underwriting Australia); Rob Funnell (Allianz); Bernie Dunn (Premier Funding); Phil Arrowsmith (Arrowsmith & Petruccelli); and McLardy McShane.

This year’s speakers included Western Bulldogs player Marcus Bontempelli, actor Samuel Johnson, motivational speaker Beau Vernon and comedian Lawrence Mooney.



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2016 Daniher Drive

McLardy McShane rallies around to fight MND

Melbourne-based brokerage McLardy McShane has raised more than $83,000 for motor neurone disease (MND) research through a four-day, 1110km road trip.

Daniher’s Drive – a trek across rural Victoria – was established by former Melbourne AFL player Neale Daniher, who has MND. McLardy McShane CEO Don McLardy is a former Melbourne FC president and a friend of Mr Daniher.

The drive has raised $1.25 million so far this year, towards a goal of $1.5 million.

The event from October 13-16 involved 70 teams and 300 participants passing through towns such as Mansfield, Milawa, Dinner Plain, Sale, Inverloch and Cowes.

The first McLardy McShane team comprised Mr McLardy, director Mike McShane, COO Meg Long and Mortgage and Finance Head Lachlan Haig, who drove a Volvo XC90 donated by Altitude Volvo.

MD Financial Services Amanda Freeman led a second company team.

Marketing Manager Rachel Sozzi told the trip comprised “picturesque drives, fundraising events, celebrity cricket matches and themed dinners”.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event – great people, great cause, great man,” she said.

The company will host its McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch on December 7.



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McLardy McShane – Insurance News Article

This Month McLardy McShane CEO, Don McLardy, was interviewed by Insurance News magazine for a three page piece. McLardy McShane’s unique working environment is central to our success story. Staff happiness, family, having fun together and giving back to the community rank right up there with the more traditional indicators of success.

Read the full article here: Culture Club Article

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Expect more, Together – Group Conference July 25-26th

The inaugural McLardy McShane Group Conference ‘Expect more, Together’ was designed to be 2 days that were different, inclusive and inspiring.  With 100 attendees gathered, made up by a mixture of Insurers, Underwriters and McLardy McShane Group employees, the ‘all in’ experience had the making of something special.DSC_0077

Monday night began with donning gumboots, thermals, water proof jackets and hard warmers en route for Gooramadda. Awaiting us on the banks of the Murray River, was an outdoor dining experience like no other. Prepared by our sponsored football and netball club, Wahgunyah, were  5 blazing fires, three different spit roasts, a marquee laced with fairy lights, hay bales for outside seating, an acoustic guitarist and a Bush Poet, there wasn’t much more anyone could of asked for!

Day Two started with an early morning breakfast at our conference venue Huon Hill Estate, Wodonga’s newest hotel and Conference Centre, and then into our jam packed agenda for the day. First up different McLardy McShane departments covered off growth, direction and everyone’s favorite topic, compliance.  The rest of the day was spent hearing from a variety of different speakers who shared their wisdoms, triumphs and failures with the group.  First cab off the rank was Paul McCarthy author, small business marketing guru and award winning speaker, who spoke to the group about hard work and the importance of failing fast. Todd Kelly Nissan V8 Supercar Champion followed and in his own humble way shared team insights and his method of continuous improvement and attention to minute detail. The Reach Foundation CEO, Chris Naish, joined by Reach Facilitator in training, Kelsey and Reach Alumni, Paulo, who shared stories from their journey in life so far, gifting everyone with a taste of the magic Reach creates in their workshops. The day was finished by a whirlwind session lead by Tom O’Toole, the man behind the Beechworth Bakery, Tom surely did inject energy in to the room with his eccentric and engaging talk.DSC_0254

To mark our final evening we celebrated with an Awards Dinner. Prestigious awards were presented to AR’s and McLardy McShane Group employees, such as our

Five Years of Service awards. Branch of the Year which was awarded to Jodi and Gaye from our Shepparton Branch, and Employee of the Year awarded to Namita Sisodia! Bernie Hunt from Hunt for Insurance was awarded AR of the Year, while Bernie Dunn was the first person to be inducted into the McLardy McShane Hall of Fame.

We set out to create a Conference experience that was different and inspiring, this would not have been possible without our major sponsors Allianz, All State, Mecon, CGU and Insuret, as well as Etlanis, Hollard, QBE, Dual, TAL, Asteron Life, Macquarie, NTI, HMIA, Vero and Brooklyn, thank you for supporting our idea, but more importantly for being an important part of our Conference!

The chatter around the fire on the banks of the Murray River, the money donated for Wahgunyah Football and Netball Club, the wisdom and eccentric energy shared by our speakers, the vibe in the room at our Awards Dinner and the roar of conversation in the Huon Hill Sports bar each evening, will be something we hope all will remember for some time to come.

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The tradition of golfing and giving continues…

  Friday 20 May marked the 12th Annual McLardy McShane Golf Day. With a reputation for IMG_8287friendly competition, networking and fun all in the name of a good cause, the golfers knew they were in for a great day at Portsea!

The morning started with 100 keen golfers taking the course. To add to the entertainment of the day, challenges were set up at a few holes; Rory Doran Irish Golf Pro’s skills were on sale at one and a hole-in-one $10,000 prize at another.

Over the course of the day $22,000 was raised through the generous contribution from sponsors, insurers and clients, with all proceeds going to The Reach Foundation and Cure for MND Foundation.

The fun and networking didn’t stop on the course, with a delicious dinner following at Hotel Sorrento, kindly sponsored by CGU.

Mike Sheahan led the entertainment over dinner introducing Chris Naish, who spoke about his new venture as the CEO of the Reach Foundation and reflected on his years as an elite AFL player and all it taught him. We then heard from legendary cricket icon Rodney Clarke who enlightened guests with recounts of some milestones in his career in comical style.
McLardy McShane is continuously moved by the support the insurance industry shows. Chris Naish, CEO the Reach Foundation, is equally grateful commenting “On behalf of the Reach Foundation can I sincerely thank all who participated in the McLardy McShane Golf Day at Portsea. Thanks for your generosity on the day IMG_8592you have contributed greatly to a young person’s development and realisation to be the best they can be”.

The team at McLardy McShane value personal relationships, professional advice and contributing to the community. Our industry events throughout the year raise awareness, educate and raise much needed funds for such worthy foundations. The next event is the McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch to be held on Wednesday 7th December 2016.

Pictures from the day can be found here.

For more information about:
The Reach Foundation, visit
Cure for MND Foundation, visit

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The Seventh Annual McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch: Wednesday 2nd December 2015

The McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch is on again for the seventh consecutive year and again promises to be a highlight event on the insurance industry’s social calendar.

The highly successful and popular event was designed for McLardy McShane’s clients, industry colleagues and associates to take their staff to an alternate company Christmas celebration. The idea was that the money spent went to a worthwhile cause, whilst at the same time offering guests an entertaining, yet inspiring, Christmas lunch that showcases the great work being done by Reach.

Since the first event in 2009, the McLardy McShane Reach Christmas Lunch has raised over $700,000 and changed the lives of many young people engaged in the Reach programs.

The event has gathered a loyal following from across the insurance industry, McLardy McShane’s clients and friends. We are also pleased that the event continues to attract some of the best talent in the land as guest speakers. This year’s celebrity guest speakers will include Olympic Gold Medalist Liesel Jones, AFL CEO Gil McLachlan, Australian Sports broadcaster Hamish McLachlan and Melbourne singer/ songwriter Nussy who will share their stories of the importance of family.

Already, the event is being supported by some of the nation’s largest insurers including event sponsors Allianz, Nautilus Marine, QBE and Sports underwriting  Australia.

The 2015 McLardy McShane Reach Christmas lunch promises to be another memorable afternoon full of celebration, entertainment and inspiration. To book, please visit McLardy McShane.

For enquiries please contact:
Rachel Sozzi at McLardy McShane 0418 446 451