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Meet the Team

Sam Abishara

Sam Abishara

Head of Business Development

Sam joined Statewide Super as a Business Development Manager in 2016 with a diverse background in both superannuation and business development.

With over 28 years’ in the industry, Sam has worked for high profile organisations such as National Mutual Corporate Super, Aon Consulting and AMP, in roles that have seen him providing clients with advice in the areas of strategy setting, insurance and benefit design, member education, transition management and employee benefits in both defined benefit and accumulation corporate super funds.

Sam was appointed Statewide Super’s Head of Business Development in August 2019 and is responsible for servicing new and existing employers and associated financial advisers.

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Darren Wunderer

Darren Wunderer

Team Leader & Senior Relationship Manager, Adv. Dip FP

Darren joined the Statewide Super team as a result of the 2012 merger with Local Super, and in his time with the business, has worked in a variety of member and employer support roles.

This coupled with the added responsibility of leading teams during this time has provided Darren with great insights from an employer, member and internal customer-service perspective.

Darren has also spent several years working as a Para Planning Manager for a Financial Planning business rounding up his total experience within the financial services industry to an impressive 30 years.

Darren currently leads a team responsible for the management of relationships with our large employers and the SA local government sector and is passionate about providing super education and training to our employers and members.

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Paul Shaw

Paul Shaw

Business Development Manager – Partnerships, HNDip. Business (UK)

Paul joined Statewide Super in February 2018 in the role of Business Development Manager – Partnerships and is responsible for identifying, securing and activating key partnerships within the Business Development team.

Before joining Statewide Super, Paul gained experience as the Sales and Marketing lead for several high-profile global hotel companies responsible for negotiating, activating and maximising sponsorship investments.

Paul is passionate about collaboration and working with organisations to ensure all parties get the very best out of every engagement.

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Donato Rubino

Donato Rubino

Business Development Manager, Dip Acc.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the superannuation industry, Donato joined Statewide Super in 2012 as a result of the merger with Local Super.

As an Adviser for Local Super, Donato was responsible for building and maintaining key relationships within the Local Government sector.

Donato’s key focuses as Business Development Manager are to seek and assist on-boarding prospective new employers along with providing the best possible service to our existing employers.

Donato holds a Diploma of Accounting and a Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning.

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Senior Relationship Manager

With over a decade of experience in the finance industry, Sam has an extensive knowledge that he uses to assist Statewide Super employers and members alike.

Since joining Statewide Super in July 2015, Sam has enjoyed a number of roles with a client focus, and is now responsible for the management of relationships with our large employers and councils throughout South Australia.

Sam spends most of his time visiting employers and their staff providing education on superannuation, and liaising between employers and our Financial Planning team for further personal advice.  Sam is also Statewide’s key contact for all things Quicksuper and employer payroll system related queries.

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Shaun Kris

Shaun Kris

Relationship Manager, B. Applied Finance, Dip FP

Shaun has been working in financial services for over 10 years, joining Statewide Super’s Business Development team in January 2019.

Shaun enjoys speaking with employers and members and helping them become engaged with their super by communicating complex topics in a simple and easy to understand manner.

As a Relationship Manager at Statewide Super, Shaun promotes member engagement through activities such as education seminars, employer worksite visits, and providing general advice to members.

Shaun takes pride in empowering members so they can make the right decisions about their financial future.

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Kyla Pizzino

Kyla Pizzino

Relationship Manager, Dip Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

Kyla joined Statewide Super’s Business Development team in 2017 with over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Kyla’s background as a Mortgage Broker, Finance Consultant and Business Owner has given her great insight into the importance of building and maintaining long-standing client relationships which is her key objective and passion in her current role.

In her role as Relationship Manager Kyla ensures that Statewide Super’s employers are well supported by empowering them through education seminars and worksite visits she conducts regularly.

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Candice Semmens

Candice Semmens

Business Development Coordinator

With over 12 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, Candice joined Statewide Super’s Business Development team in 2019.

Candice is responsible for coordinating the day to day functions of the Business Development team to ensure they have everything they need to service their employer relationships effectively and efficiently.

Candice is RG146 compliant and her background in compliance, risk and client services ensures her output is of high quality and best practice and as a result, is an extremely dedicated team member with a strong and professional work ethic.

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