While he may have missed out on the AFL Premiership this year, AFL star Simon Black has been making the most of opportunities off the field.
Not only did he take out second in this year’s Brownlow Medal (best and fairest), he has also today announced that he and experienced banker Joe Bucolo have gone into business together and purchased the Bank of Queensland branch at Kallangur.
Joe, who brings more than 25 years’ combined banking and finance experience to the community, and Simon will own and manage the Kallangur branch together.
Simon said he was looking forward to being an integral member of the Bank of Queensland team and being responsible for the level of service his customers receive.
“This is an exciting day for me - taking my relationship with Bank of Queensland from a Brisbane Lions player to the next level,” Simon said.
“Joe and I are genuinely committed to continuing the outstanding reputation for customer service that the previous owners of BOQ Kallangur, Mike and Weet Armit, spent 16 years building.
“And we hope that we can bring something extra to the area through our unique combination of professional sporting and business experience.
“We invite the community to come into the branch and experience Bank of Queensland’s well-renowned professional and friendly customer service. If people can’t make it to the branch to see us we are just as happy to visit their workplace or residence,” Simon said.
Bank of Queensland Managing Director, David Liddy said the Bank was excited to have Simon and Joe join the team to continue the Bank’s long-standing reputation as an integral part of the Kallangur community.
“Kallangur has been experiencing strong commercial, business and residential growth in recent years and is showing no signs of slowing.
“Mike and Weet Armit did a fantastic job of building our reputation in the area, and I’m delighted to have Joe and Simon on board to further grow our presence here,” Mr Liddy said.
Simon stamped himself as one of the truly elite midfielders of the modern era when he won the game’s most coveted individual honour in 2002, the Brownlow Medal. It was the ultimate reward for the ultimate team player, who has the best peripheral vision and ball-getting ability since dual Brownlow medallist, Greg Williams.
Simon is only the sixth man in the 107-year history of AFL/VFL to win the Brownlow Medal and the Club Champion award in a premiership year. He is also only the sixth player in history to win back to back best and fairest in consecutive premiership years. In 2003 after playing in his third successful Grand Final, Simon was awarded the Norm Smith Medal.