Media and Awards

Aspire Retire is one of the industry’s highest award winning financial services firm. Co-founders Stephen Degiovanni and Olivia Maragna have been recognised with prestigious awards including the Telstra Business Awards, Association of Financial Advisers Awards and Money Management Awards to name a few.

Aspire Retire has been interviewed by some of Australia’s most notable finance journalists and TV personalities and has featured on TV Shows such as Channel 9 News, The Today Show, Weekend Today, Nine News Now and the ABC’s 7.30 Report to name a few.

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Co-founder of Aspire Retire, Olivia Maragna, was awarded the Association Of Financial Advisers (AFA) Adviser Of The Year award in 2012. She is first woman ever to achieve this honour and also the youngest winner in the 10 year history of the award.  She also won the Money Management/Super Review Inaugural Women in Financial Services Financial Planner of the Year in late 2013 and was named in Australia’s Top 10 AFR/Boss Emerging Leaders late last year. The award is the latest in a string of industry awards and recognition that the Aspire Retire team has won since the business began in 2003.

Olivia has recently been recognised as a driving force in the finance industry and has been named one of the top 10 financial influencers in Australia, sharing the list with the likes of David Koch, Ross Greenwood, Alan Kohler and Mark Bouris.

In recognition of her business achievements and for her community involvement, Olivia has been chosen as one of eighteen of Australia’s most inspiring female leaders in the Leadership in Focus Forum and recently represented Australia in a Global Forum in Switzerland.  She is regularly called upon to speak across the country and internationally at various organisations such as Ernst and Young, SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia, AMP, Centrelink, AFL Association, Women in Technology, Canegrowers and numerous other corporations.

Olivia currently serves as a judge for the Telstra Business Awards, is the finance columnist for Sydney Morning Herald/The Age and Brisbane Times, has a money segment on ABC radio and appears on Channel Nine talking money.


Olivia Maragna, awarded 2020 Australia’s top Financial Advisers – The Australian’s business magazine The Deal in association with US financial investment publication Barron’s.

Olivia Maragna, awarded 2019 Australia’s top 50 Financial Advisers – The Australian’s business magazine The Deal in association with US financial investment publication Barron’s.

Aspire Retire, finalist in 2018 Employer of the Year – Money Management WIFS Awards.

Olivia Maragna, awarded the 2017 Laurie Cowled Award for Women in Leadership attending Harvard University in the US.

Olivia Maragna, awarded the 2017 Financial Standard Power 50 – most influential financial advisers in Australia.

Olivia Maragna & Stephen Degiovanni, awarded 2015 Most Trusted Advisers

Olivia Maragna, awarded 2015 LinkedIn Power Profile Award

Olivia Maragna, awarded the Australian Financial Review’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders for 2014

Olivia Maragna & Stephen Degiovanni, awarded 2014 Most Trusted Advisers

Olivia Maragna, winner of the Money Management/Super Review Women in Financial Services (WIFS) Awards 2013 – Financial Planner of the Year

Olivia Maragna, winner of 2012 Advisor Of The Year, Association of Financial Advisors

Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Business Achievement 2012 – News Ltd

Winner 2012 Business Achievers Award – Aspire Retire

Winner 2011 Business Achievers Award – Aspire Retire

Olivia Maragna, winner of 2011 Inaugural Female Excellence in Advice Award, Association of Financial Advisors

Winner 2010 Business Achievers Award – Aspire Retire

Winner of the 2009 Telstra Qld Small Business of the Year – Aspire Retire

Finalist of the 2009 Telstra Australian Small Business of the Year – Aspire Retire

Olivia Maragna, finalist in the 2009 QUT Outstanding Alumni Awards

Olivia Maragna, winner of the Telstra QLD Young Business Women of the Year for 2008

In the Media

Aspire Retire is widely published and regularly called upon by the media for their thoughts and opinions and are well recognised finance commentators.

Aspire Retire and Co-founders, Olivia Maragna and Stephen Degiovanni have been published/featured in the following media.

Magazine Publications/Newspapers – Brisbane Times – Finance Columnist, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Courier Mail, News Limited Quest Papers, Working Women Magazine, Asset Financial Review Magazine, Up Magazine, Cleo Magazine, The Financial Adviser Magazine, Financial Observer, Financial Standard Magazine, SMSF Magazine, Charter Magazine, Risk Info Magazine, Professional Planner Magazine, Wealth Professional Australia, Money Management Magazine, IFA Magazine, Investor Daily

Radio – ABC Radio, 4BC, 4CA, 3AW, 96.5

Television – Channel 9, ABC

Olivia Maragna is featured on the front cover of Charter Magazine – Best in class: Practice, prizes and the personal touch: Olivia Maragna’s inspiring business journey (Institute of Chartered Accountants)

Front cover of the Charter Magazine Extract


  • It is really refreshing to work with a financial adviser who is truly interested in their client’s needs, circumstances and preferences. read more
  • The expertise and attention to detail with which you have handled our financial affairs could not be faulted. read more
  • We have a feeling of certainty in the absolute integrity of your dealings with us. read more
  • What really impressed me was the way you took the time to get a feeling for where I was at, your depth of knowledge, lateral thinking and your common sense approach. read more
  • Your professional, ethical and caring demeanour elicits my trust and respect and I gladly recommend your services whenever possible. read more
  • You make us feel like we are the most important people you will see today, and the astute advice you have provided has already led to significant savings. read more
  • You always explain everything thoroughly and I never feel uncomfortable asking questions or expressing an opinion. read more
  • Aspire Retire has assisted me with my complex financial structures and I have been more than happy with the results. read more
  • As a retired financial planner I wanted someone that was professionally qualified, a member of a professional association, an experienced investor, someone who was knowledgeable, ethical and not interested in only making as much money for themselves as they could. Aspire Retire meets all of the above criteria. read more
  • Having worked closely with Stephen and Olivia for a couple of years in the financial planning field, I am confident that they would be around for the long term and would always have my best interests at heart. read more
  • We were very impressed with the personalised professional service and advice given to us, and how you have tailored this specifically to suit our situation and future needs. read more