It is with great pleasure that I call on Richard Sanzin to be recognised and thanked for all his years of service as a member of the Financial Services Accountants Association. Richard first joined the Melbourne committee of the Australian Association of Insurance Accountants back in 1993 and was one of the inaugural directors of the FSAA in 2000 when the AAIA and LADG merged.
Richard has held various positions over the years including President, Conference Organiser, Vic Members Committee and Secretary to name a few, and has been involved in every facet of the FSAA.
Richard officially stepped down from Federal Council in 2016 with his service to the Association spanning 23 years.
Richard has over 25 years experience in the General Insurance Industry in Accounting, Operations and Senior Management Roles. He is currently the Company Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited, a position he has held since since September 2007.
On a personal level, Richard is always personable and loves to have a good chat. But more than that, Richard has quietly mentored many of us in the industry through wise counsel, quiet diplomacy and sometimes forcefully advising. However, I am sure that everyone here will agree that Richard has touched all of our lives positively.
Away from work Richard is known for his love of a good red wine and passion for lawn bowls. I have personally, as I am sure many of you have, spent many an hour with Richard over a glass of Red and somehow bowls always makes an appearance in the conversation.
I would like to thank Richard for his support of the FSAA. The FSAA is a volunteer organisation totally reliant on its member base to operate. Richard has been instrumental in ensuring the longevity of the FSAA and its ability to deliver on its objectives of providing education and network opportunities to its members. Without his drive and passion, the FSAA would be much poorer in all senses. I would also like to thank Richard for his friendship and support of all of us over many years.
Richard, don’t be a stranger to the FSAA – you are always welcome and I hope we can have many more Red wines in the future.