Back in 2006, our founder had the idea to build something for financial advisers that would solve a real pain point – keeping track of commission referrals and splitting commission between advisers.
He instinctively knew that the best way to approach this, was to build an easy-to-use, web-based solution that could be used by anybody, no special skills or experience required. This was in the era where desktop software was still king, when fax machines still abounded, when the only widely used document format for this stuff was PDF (at best, or scanned copies of hand-written notes at worst 😂). This was before The Cloud was a thing. Heck, Steve Jobs hadn’t even introduced the world to the iPhone yet 🤷♂️
After a few years of going it alone, our founder realised that the only way to build his great idea into a truly successful offering was to attract the best and brightest, the most committed, passionate and real people to help build this dream. To be honest, on paper there wasn’t much to get people excited about joining the cause. At that point there were five existing clients. No external investment. No big budget. Nevertheless, in early 2015, armed with nothing but the modest beginnings of a potentially great product, a heap of passion and a fierce vision of what could be, our founder set out to find these unique individuals… and miraculously, people began to join, people who bought into the vision.
The right people.
Or rather, as we like to call it, people with The Right Stuff™.
Our Secret Sauce
You know how Coca-Cola has its secret ingredient? How the Colonel’s famous finger lickin’ good is prepared with his secret blend of herbs and spices? Well, we have our own Secret recipe for Success… and I am going to let you in on it now… . Ready?
(Yes, that really is written on the back of a paper napkin. All the best ideas are.)
Meet the team
Johan started development on Commspace in 2006 as a side-project, initially for a single IFA office. After seeing the enthusiastic response of the early users, he decided to develop it into a fully-fledged solution for the broader independent financial services market.
He believes that if it ain't broke, fix it anyway because there is always room for improvement.
Martha plays as hard as she works, and is a current national triathlon champion. She has competed in numerous Ironman challenges, both local and international, and represented South Africa at the Ironman World Championship.
For relaxation, she does trail running, since knitting is not really her thing.
She takes customer success very seriously, a fact many of our clients can attest to.
In her spare time, she... err... we have no idea what that might be because she seems to be around all the time.
She always goes the extra mile when it comes to planning and optimisation of client accounts. She eats process optimisation for breakfast, lunch and dinner, since apparently there's always a better, quicker, faster way to get things done.
Having recently become a first-time mother, she's trying to master the work/life balance thing.
Being blessed (or is that cursed?) with a strong tendency towards perfectionism, she takes pride in her work and won't stop until the last cent is accounted for. After working as an Account Manager in the company for two years, she’s accepted the challenge to head the Training Department.
Elsa enjoys spending time on the bowls green and in the outdoors. She also has a creative side and enjoys arts and crafts.
After starting off his career in retail management, he pivoted to the financial services sector, spending time at the likes of Sanlam and PSG, where he gained experience as a finance and commission administrator. Niekie is a natural born leader who not only empowers his team to reach new heights but is also a calming influence on his colleagues when the pressure is on.
"Hiking, camping and spending quality time with family and friends" ... a finance geek with a life. Now we've seen it all.
She excelled in and managed all areas of the business - including finance, operations, valuations, client services, risk mitigation and infrastructure management.
On the flip side, Glenda has a strong connection with nature. Most weekends you’ll find her pottering in her garden or dreaming of her next holiday on family farms in Namibia.
He attended Paarl Boys’ High and subsequently obtained his Honours Degree in Financial Management at the University of Stellenbosch. A fresh graduate out to prove to the world that millennials don't always deserve their bad rap.
He is a big fluffy sponge that can soak up a lot of information with the intent to always learn something new. Graham’s life motto: “There is a big difference between change and transformation. Change is merely an improved past, but transformation is creating a better future. Be a transformer, not a fixer.”
Lauren grew up in the small town of Wellington where most of her passions were “brewed”. She is a family girl and if she has free time, you can count on it that she will be at some weird and wonderful restaurant/wine farm with her family and friends. She is also our in-house wine connoisseur.
Her motto in life is: “Live life to its fullest. Have no regrets.”
She is juggling that work/study life as she’s currently a third year B.Com Financial Management student at the University of South Africa. Not only will Sasha-Lee make an excellent financial manager, but she also aspires to become a lawyer within the next 10 years. She makes it her mission to always exceed her clients' needs and to be there when a helping hand is required. Sounds like she's already on the success express! Choo Choo!
Sasha lives by the words of the great Babe Ruth: "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game."
For three years he worked at a number of companies such as King Price and Subaru, as part of the experience building side of the program.
He has had a passion for programming and travel ever since he went on a tour through Europe in 2018. Motorcycles and fitness will flow through his blood forever, as will his drive for success.
He strongly believes that, in order to thrive, organizations must be flexible enough to change yet remain resilient in the face of upheaval. He proselytized this vision with some success before eventually coming to the conclusion that real organizational change requires a critical mass of like minded leaders. Finally, he left a leadership position in Enterprise Architecture to pursue this dream further by joining Commspace.
When not pursuing “Pinky and the brain”-style aspirations, he runs half-marathons and the occasional marathon.
Her previous experience as a dance instructor and flight attendant have honed her ability to effectively manage people in a caring and friendly manner.
Her hobbies include reading, adventuring and, most of all, singing, which she practices in her local church. She lives by Nelson Mandela’s motto "Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.”
What our clients say about us
“Die nommer een weblad vir kommissies. Die stelsel is maklik hanteerbaar en die diens is PUIK! Commspace sit sy gebruikers eerste en maak altyd seker dat jy gemaklik is met veranderinge en dat dit verstaanbaar is.”Lelani PetersenCommission Administrator - PSG - Danie du Plooy
“Changed my life... the staff are all amazing”Colleen GouwsOptima Brokers
In the media
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What we do and how we do it… and why it should matter to you.
Leveraging the finances of your financial services business like a boss
The foundation for any business is a solid financial management strategy. This is even more critical for financial professionals and their practices.
The ideal solution for managing your financial planning business revenue
Commspace has its origin in humble beginnings. It became clear quickly that there was a need for managing the revenue earned by financial planning practices. But in a simplified and easy-to-use manner.