What do Metis Ireland and the Dublin GAA have in common? The answer is tenacity, a commitment to excellence, and Dean Rock.


So many of the qualities and values that go into making a successful sports team also apply seamlessly to a team within a business. In Dean’s words, “the atmosphere amongst the team is infectious, and everyone has different strengths which they’re willing to share”.


It’s why we take such an interest in showcasing and speaking to sportspeople on our coffee mornings, and why we’ve looked within the legions of talented Irish sports teams for several of our most recent recruits. They come to us with the drive and the passion already baked in – you can teach financial planning, but you can’t teach that attitude.


So this month, as the newest Metis Ireland-er, we’re inviting Dean into the spotlight so you can get to know him a little better.


Hi Dean! Nice to find you here in the spotlight. It’s only been a few months so far, but what’s been your proudest moment at Metis Ireland?


I’d definitely say passing my first three QFA exams in January. That’s something I’m very proud of, and a big weight off my mind!


So now that you’ve had a bit of a chance to get your teeth into the role, do you reckon you could describe the kind of work you do every day in just three words?


I think I could. I’d say administration, communication, and organisation. It’s just all about making sure clients feel as supported and cared for as possible.


That’s a pretty good summary, maybe we’ll get you to write the job description next time we hire a Client Services Associate! Now Dean, tell us the quote or phrase that goes through life with you.


Cogito, ergo sum.


Sorry, our Latin is a little rusty. Could you translate?


Come on, are you telling me you don’t know one of the most famous philosophical quotes?? It’s René Descartes – “I think, therefore I am”.


We knew that, we just wanted to check that you did of course…
Let’s change the subject. What’s in your Metis LifePlan?


Two fun ones – a trip to the Superbowl, and a holiday home. I don’t mind where, so long as it’s in the sun!


Big dreams indeed. Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been?


I’m lucky enough to have travelled quite a bit. But two places in particular stand out for me: South Africa and Jamaica. There’s so much history associated with both countries, and I visited some incredible places while I was there. I’d love to go back again as soon as I can.


Tell us, who is your hero, and why?


My Dad! The values which he lives his life by are something I take note of and try to incorporate into my own life on a daily basis.


Amazing how our parents’ values shape us, isn’t it?
Well, we’ve reached the end of our spotlight interview, and there’s just one question remaining: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?


Start your QFA exams before you’re 30!


Good advice, but hey – it’s never too late.
Thank you for your time today, Dean. It’s been a pleasure.



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