GrowthHouse is a dynamic, multi-faceted, independent brokerage that offers clients expert financial advice and tailor-made solutions across the financial services spectrum. With a trusted brand, multiple provider contracts and category
We are GrowthHouse
licensing, our business model enables independent financial advisers to grow their businesses by attracting new clients, leveraging existing relationships, and providing exceptional service to their clients.
GrowthHouse is a dynamic, multi-faceted, independent brokerage that offers clients expert financial advice and tailor-made solutions across the financial services spectrum. With a trusted brand, multiple provider contracts and category licensing, our business model enables financial advisers to grow their business by attracting new clients, leveraging existing relationships and providing exceptional service to their clients.
GrowthHouse is a 51% black female-owned business, bringing together a diverse range of skills and expertise from our partners.
“Integrity, trustworthiness and service form the bedrock of our business”
Gavin Gehlig, GrowthHouse founder
Meet the Team
Dr Penny Osiris (Moumakwa)
I currently serve as a non-executive director on several boards: Clicks Group, Wits, Donald Gordon Medical Centre and chairperson of Witkoppen Health and Welfare clinic.
I previously worked in several senior executive roles at Discovery and served on the central executive committee as well as on the board of Discovery Health. I held the position as CEO of the board of Healthcare Funders and served as deputy chairperson of the board. I remain the CEO and founder of Mohau Equity Partners, a long-term investment vehicle. A medical doctor by qualification and have many qualifications from several business schools including Harvard, Columbia, Wits and the University of Michigan.
I’m passionate about raising the level of professionalism in the industry, smart creative consulting, interpretation of data analytics, and service on all aspects before, during and after the sales cycle.
Being an independent financial adviser lets me advise clients across a large range of solutions because finding a solution with the right insurer is most important. Very few advisers can advise across the range of solutions; we do. We advise about risk business, investments and retirement business, short-term insurance (both personal lines and commercial lines), employee benefits, healthcare and wellness. In 20 years, I have never not been able to put a solution forward to a client.
It’s crucial to be able to consult with clients either face to face or virtually. This is a big differentiator because not many advisers out there can do that. It’s important to be able to understand clients, to listen and then to co-create innovative solutions.
I understand data and use that extensively with clients. This makes a massive difference across the various age groups I consult to. It’s the ability to interpret and use the data to, in turn, co-create solutions makes us, as a business, stand out.
We must under promise and over deliver. I believe in honesty, integrity, drive, kindness and a high EQ.
I have found that we should always surround ourselves with positive, successful people; then anything is achievable. Something a colleague told me probably 16 years ago has always stuck with me. That was: whatever your task, it is as big as you want to make it, so always push to achieve more than you can imagine because you will surprise yourself with what is possible and the outcome. I refuse to accept average myself and with whoever I work with because average is forgettable.
Over 20 years, I’ve held many roles from financial adviser (tied agent) to independent financial adviser, sales manager, regional manager, Special Projects, and executive head for both retail and institutional investments.
My qualifications are a Diploma in Financial Markets and Instruments, Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, and Certified Financial Planner. I am currently completing an MBA.
I am all about staying healthy by training five to six days per week; I love golf and also enjoy fly fishing. Above all, I love spending time with my beautiful wife and our three fur kids: Higgins, Sage and Rex.
Having an overall effective financial understanding can guarantee your future standard of living and reaching your goals. This can help you to determine long- and short-term financial goals, and to give you direction on how to achieve these goals. Having a financial plan in place can secure your family’s future.
My values are honesty, integrity, kindness, compassion, respect, truth, working hard, being tenacious and persistency.
I have 18 years of experience as a group financial manager in a financial services brokerage. My qualification is a Bachelor of Commerce from Wits University – Major in Commercial Law.
I value my education as an achievement. I consider my longstanding career of 30 years, where I have displayed integrity in business, as an achievement. Raising my children and looking after my family has been an achievement.
I am passionate about my family. I consider myself to be a real family man. I value spending time with my children. I have invested in their education. I am a huge part of my family’s life. I like to make an impact on the people I value in my life.
On a personal note, my mom passed away at a young age, and I was a young adult myself and at a turning point in my life. I was not prepared for this, and I had to learn to take on challenges on my own with tenacity. I had to find my own path.
I like activities that are sports orientated. I also like the cinema, music and reading. I enjoy keeping up with international and domestic business trends, and stock market trends.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Having personally experienced the importance of life insurance and severe illness cover through the loss of a close family member, I can offer clients personal and honest advice so that they are financially protected. Sound financial advice always wins, I believe. I’m passionate about leaving a positive lasting impression with each client or broker I interact with.
My values of honesty, integrity and hard work reflect in all my client interactions. I believe in always giving 100%.
I have 25 years of experience as a financial adviser, training and development manager, a business owner and now General Manager.
Being a Certified Financial Planner© with a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, I believe I am well equipped with the knowledge and confidence to tackle technical and challenging problems.
On the personal front, my family and sport are my passion: I love watching my children play sport and, having played sport at a decent level myself, enjoy coaching them to achieve their sporting goals. I also enjoy a round of golf when possible.
Legal and Compliance Officer I’m passionate about ensuring that my employer operates in a legally sound and compliant manner. It’s important to always provide the best service possible, while acting with the utmost skill, care, diligence and professionalism. Even though I’m a “legal eagle”, I always try to be compassionate and fair – placing myself in the other person’s shoes. My advice and direction will always be accurate and understandable to ensure that my employer is in the best possible position to make an informed decision.
I’m an admitted attorney with broad experience as a legal professional, specialising in the financial services industry and compliance. I obtained a master’s degree in law and have a postgraduate diploma in advanced taxation. I’m also RE5 accredited. I firmly believe that you must continuously upskill yourself.
My experience includes being a practising attorney, legal advisor, senior legal researcher and claims manager for short-term insurers. I also have experience as a Legal and Compliance Officer and Manager in other industries.
On the personal side, I enjoy reading, writing poetry, listening to music and macro photography.
My values are determination, courage, kindness and sincerity. I am passionate about helping and earning the respect of others. It creates a sense of belonging and purpose. I strive to be a good mentor and leader so that people can be the best version of themselves to reach their full potential. I love listening to inspiring and motivational stories. My favourite quote is by Gary Player: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” My 30 years of experience has been in administration support to independent financial advisers, after qualifying with matric. Among my achievements are National Administrator of the year 2002 and National Office Manager of the year 2008. I enjoy bow hunting and archery. I love spending time in nature and I also like healthy eating and resistance training.
An admitted attorney and a certified financial planning professional, I began my career in investments as a research analyst.
An admitted attorney, and a certified financial planner. Jonathan is passionate about financial planning and providing good independent financial advice.
I’m a people’s person who loves to empower others to reach their full potential. My biggest passion is interacting with friends, family, colleagues, and clients. I’m also a sports fanatic, a lousy golfer, and an avid learner.
It’s my goal to ensure that our clients are always fully and promptly informed about their financial plan. The client must fully understand what they have bought, why they have bought it, and how it forms part of their financial road map.
My key message: you’re never too young or too old to create a financial plan. There’s no better time than today. The sooner you start, the more prepared you’ll be for life’s unexpected events, and it will also boost the likelihood of you achieving financial freedom.
I value honesty and transparency. I believe in showing empathy and being kind and respectful. I also believe in personal development: podcasts and audiobooks are daily essentials
With almost 10 years’ experience in the Financial services industry, my one core value is that “I’m here to serve” my clients and stakeholders alike, ensuring that no matter the time of day we work together to ensure professional and timeously resolution. I understand that each client need is unique and I strive to find the best solution.
I’m passionate about wholistic wellness, looking at the need not only for physical wellbeing solutions but also mental wellbeing initiatives that drive awareness and tangible intervention journeys to support South Africans across the Health spectrum.
His notable qualifications include RE5, NQF 5 Wealth Management and busy with my advanced certificate in Financial Planning NQF6. Among his numerous accolades, winning the esteemed Discovery Health CEO Award stands as a shining testament to his exceptional achievements
I’m a Family man that believes balance is imperative for productivity not only in the workspace but also in my personal life.
I’m an enthusiastic Cross-fitter and love to train, I love being outdoors so naturally golf became a hobby I enjoy as well.
Tim completed a BComm degree and a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. This led him to two years’ private banking experience at Investec and a further four years as a financial adviser. He then spent two years as a Business Development Manager at Discovery, making him the perfect candidate as Head of GrowthHouse Bank Desk. In his time off, Tim enjoys watching Springbok rugby and participating in watersports.
Short-term Insurance Specialist I started off in 2010 as a servicing and retentions broker for an agriculture and body corporate short-term portfolio. I have had the opportunity to gain insight into all financial categories and continue to specialise in short-term insurance. The most important thing for me is ensuring our clients are well informed and correctly advised to make sound financial decisions. Making sure our clients have full insight into their risk mitigation options and are provided with the adequate advice. I am passionate about delivering high levels of service to our clients and teaching them a comprehensive risk mitigation skillset. I have a passion for both recreational ocean activities as well as multi-day mountain traverses. When I am not at the ocean or in the mountains, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our fur babies. In addition, I have a vast love for botany and agriculture and spend hours on end in my garden experimenting. What makes me different from the rest is that I have a great passion and drive for what I do, along with my values which are honesty, kindness and compassion. I always strive for excellence and greatness.
Howard has an Honours in Accounting Science.
Howard believes great service builds a lifelong relationship with clients who trust and value the relationship. His view is that good times take care of themselves, but being prepared for bad times is critical, as he has witnessed in his career over 25 years in the financial planning industry. You can never assume that our journey in life is linear and predictable. Understanding this is, key to good financial planning.
Howard is a sports fanatic, enjoys golfing, reading, keeping up to date with current affairs, market news and views, both locally and internationally.
Manager Adding value to clients is crucial. So I believe financial advisers need to always develop strong client relationships to be able to fully understand what the client needs to have financial security. This is why my focus is to bring a high-calibre of financial advisers to GrowthHouse to help us further this purpose.
I have a postgraduate qualification in financial planning and my career in the financial services industry has been in various roles, where I have spent time as a business consultant, a financial adviser, sales manager, and business development manager. I now have the pleasure of being a business partner at GrowthHouse, all this experience has helped me know how to look for suitable financial advisers for our business, and to ensure they flourish.
On the personal side, I am an avid ultramarathon cyclist who enjoys any sport from tennis to golf and who loves practising yoga.
Manager I subscribe to all aspects of financial planning: to ensure a professional relationship is maintained between client, financial adviser and product house. This must be a mutual and respected relationship for all to benefit, which I will strive for at GrowthHouse.
I support the importance of providing clients with sound financial advice, while offering the appropriate products backed by professional support services. This is what I look for in financial advisers who joins our team.
Honesty, integrity, respect and comparison are my core values. I strive to make a difference while embracing innovation and forward thinking.
In the financial services industry for over 40 years, I have had various roles in leadership, mentorship and business strategy, including managing and working with financial advisers.
My industry and business qualifications are from INSEAD, GIBS/TUKS and Wits Business Schools.
I am married to Nicole, and we have two Jack Russell fur kids. My personal passions are family, education, travel, sport, animal welfare, wildlife and the bush.