Meet The Team

SEBASTIAN DI MAURO

Director / Certified Practising Accountant

Sebastian has over 18 years experience in the accounting and taxation industry. He is a qualified Accountant and a CPA, with a dedication to providing a personalised service to small and medium sized business owners.

First and foremost, Sebastian sees himself as a businessman rather than just an accountant. His objective is to ensure that “all of our clients feel that our firm helped them with their goals, both financial and personal - not just that we helped them save some tax”.

Being a business owner himself, he deals with the very same challenges and issues that confront many of our business clients on a daily basis. He prides himself on his ability to put himself ‘in his client’s shoes’ allowing him to build a professional, loyal and trustworthy relationship with each business client. This has resulted in highly successful outcomes for many of his business clients, some of whom have been clients since he commenced with the firm.

Sebastian strongly believes that to be successful in business you need to keep one eye on the important detail and always have the other eye focussed on the bigger picture.

Outside of the office, Sebastian is a passionate fisherman and has a keen interest in a variety of outdoor sporting activities such as snow-skiing, water-skiing and scuba diving. He also enjoys spending time at the beach with his family.

Contact Sebastian on (03) 9497 2222 or email him at sebastian@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

LOU KRSTEVSKI

Director / Certified Practising Accountant

Lou is a qualified Accountant and CPA with over 15 years’ experience in the accounting and taxation industry. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

He has extensive experience in all areas of business advisory, with expertise in taxation advice, planning, business structuring and development, self-managed superannuation and management advice. His portfolio of clients extends across a broad spectrum of industries and services.

He has the ability to help clients identify and capitalise on opportunities as they emerge and truly believes that success comes to the person who does today what you were thinking about doing tomorrow. In business, one must always look for the positives in any problematic situation and turn them into opportunities.

He has a diligent approach to understanding client objectives and implementing plans to achieve those objectives.

Outside of work, Lou loves spending quality time with his wife and his two children who are actively involved in swimming, netball and soccer. He also has a love for the outdoors, enjoys travelling and is a proud supporter of the Hawthorn Football Club.

Contact Lou on (03) 9497 2222 or email him at lou@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

DAVID BLAKIS

Director / Certified Financial Planner

David is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years’ experience in financial services. Since commencing his career with the business in 1998, David has gained a wealth of experience and has continued with his professional development throughout this time. He is a Director of Aspire Wealth Group and heads up our Financial Planning team.

Not only does David hold a Bachelor of Commerce, he also has earned himself a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment as well as a Diploma of Financial Planning.

He is passionate about advising and helping clients obtain financial security and independence, which ultimately enables them to achieve their personal life goals.

Outside of the office, David’s enjoys spending time with his family and has interests in water skiing, jet skiing and V8 Supercars. When relaxing, David’s favourite destination is Echuca on the Murray River where he enjoys time with the family and his favourite water sports.

Contact David on (03) 9497 1888 or email him at david@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

MARIE LICASTRO

Practice Manager / Financial Controller 

Marie has over 35 years’ experience in the accounting profession. Since joining the firm in 1976 she has been an integral part of the day to day operations and management of the practice.

Marie is responsible for the financial management of our business, along with developing and improving our internal systems and procedures. Marie has a strong work ethic and dedication to the business.

Outside the office, Marie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking and tending to her garden - especially her roses and orchids. She also enjoys visiting the Mornington Peninsula.

Contact Marie on (03) 9497 2222 or email her at marie@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

CHRIS MAGRO

Accountant / Client Manager

Chris is an accountant with over 25 years experience in tax and accounting.  

Chris is the newest member of our team, joining us in November 2015.  Chris has extensive accounting and tax knowledge in working with various small and medium sized business clients. He has mentored a number of clients from start-ups to very successful and profitable businesses. He is integral to the completion of our client’s compliance requirements and has experience in dealing with Self Managed Superannuation Funds.

Outside of the office, Chris enjoys socialising with family & friends, has a keen interest in all sports, is the treasurer for his daughters swimming club and enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and reading.

Contact Chris on (03) 9497 2222 or email him at chrism@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

JOANNE PAPARLARDO

Accountant / Client Manager

Joanne is an Accountant with over 10 years experience in tax and accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is working towards becoming a Certified Practising Accountant.

Joanne commenced with the practice in 1999, gaining extensive accounting and tax knowledge. She is an integral part of the Aspire team and heavily involved in the completion of our client’s compliance requirements. Joanne also has extensive experience in dealing with Self Managed Superannuation Funds.

Outside of work, Joanne is dedicated to her family, enjoys travelling as a family to her favourite destinations being Queensland and the Mornington Peninsula. She also enjoys dining out, movies and the outdoors with her family.

Contact Joanne on (03) 9497 2222 or email her at joanne@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

DAVID CRAIN

Accountant

David is an Accountant with over 8 years experience in tax and accounting. He holds a Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

David commenced with the practice in July 2013 and is heavily involved in assisting clients meeting their compliance requirements.

Outside of Work, David is dedicated to his children and enjoys spending time in the garden specialising in sculpting bonsai trees. He is an Essendon Football Club supporter and enjoys attending regular football games and live music concerts.

Contact David on (03) 9497 2222 or email him at davidc@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

CHRIS RAJAPAKSE

Graduate Accountant

Chris is a graduate accountant developing his experience  in tax and accounting.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is working towards becoming a Certified Practising Accountant.

Chris commenced with the business in February 2014 and is involved in the preparation of financial statements and tax returns for Individuals, Trusts, Companies and Partnerships.  Chris' enthusiastic attitude and work ethic ensures that client matters are dealt with in a timely manner.

Outside of the office, Chris enjoys socialising with his friends, visiting the gym, playing cricket and site seeing.

Contact Chris on (03) 9497 2222 or email him at chris@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

SILVIA MACDONALD

Administration Officer

Silvia is an Administration Officer with extensive experience in financial services.

Silvia joined the business in 1978 and her focus is the successful implementation of our client’s financial planning strategies. Silvia has extensive organisational skills and attention to detail. In addition, she assists the accounting team with various bookkeeping client requirements.

Outside of the office, Silvia enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and likes attending theatre productions and going to the movies. In her spare time, Silvia enjoys stitchery, quilting, and entertaining family and friends at home.

Contact Silvia on (03) 9497 1888 or email her at silvia@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

EFFIE BLAKIS

Administration Officer

Effie is an Administration Officer with extensive experience in Corporate Secretarial matters. Effie provides administration support to all team members in the business and is responsible for the set up of new entities.

Effie joined the business in 1986 and is a valued member of our team because of her ‘can do’ attitude, attention to detail and organisation skills.

Outside of the office, Effie enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, baking and cooking, and is a passionate Hawthorn supporter. Effie likes spending time at her favourite destinations being Echuca on the Murray River and the Mornington Peninsula

Contact Effie on (03) 9497 2222 or email her at effie@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

MELISSA WRIGHT

Receptionist / Administration Officer

Melissa is our Receptionist and Administration Officer and generally your first point of contact with the business either over the phone or in person.

Melissa joined the business in 2007 and has developed her experience in administration, corporate compliance, tax compliance requirements and liaising with The Tax Office on various matters.

Outside the office, Melissa enjoys taking care of her dog Angel, which she considers family. She enjoys regularly attending rock concerts, going to the movies and reading fiction novels.

Contact Melissa on (03) 9497 2222 or email her at melissa@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

KRYSTY STILLMAN

Administration Officer

Krysty joined our team in July 2013 in the role of Administration Officer and is working towards becoming a Paraplanner.

Krysty has held prior positions in administration roles in financial services, tax and accounting. Krysty’s outgoing personality and dedication to detail, will ensure our client’s needs are attended to efficiently.

Outside of the office, Krysty enjoys travel and spending time with her family and friends. Krysty is a passionate Carlton Football Club supporter, attending their games regularly and enjoys watching all sports. Krysty’s favourite place to getaway is at her caravan located on the Murray in Corowa and enjoys visiting the local winery region.

To contact Krysty, call (03) 9497 1888 or email krysty@aspirewealthgroup.com.au

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