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Darin Tyson-Chan
Publisher

Darin is the founder and publisher of Benchmark Media, an independent publishing house whose mastheads include self-managed super, smstrusteenews, and financialobserver. He has been covering the financial services space since 2004 and in this time he has worked for a variety of trade publications, including Money Management and IFA. Darin has also written for the Money section published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Before starting Benchmark Media, he was responsible for the 2008 relaunch of SMSF under Morningstar Media, a pioneering publication in the fastest-growing sector of the superannuation industry and an initiative that made him the first journalist to be purely dedicated to space. He was also managing editor of all of the Morningstar Media mastheads. In 2013, he was the inaugural winner of the SMSF Association’s Trade Journalist of the Year award.

Jason Spits
SENIOR JOURNALIST

Jason is a senior journalist with Benchmark Media, writing for selfmanagedsuper and smstrusteenews. He has covered financial services since 1999 and has written about life insurance, superannuation, investment management, and financial advice, in both a freelance and in-house capacity, and also did a brief stint as a media manager for an industry association. Jason has been the editor of trade titles Money Management and Financial Standard and was most recently a senior journalist with life insurance title riskinfo.

Taras Misko
Sub-editor

Taras Misko is Benchmark Media’s sub-editor, working across all the company’s titles: selfmanagedsuper, smstrusteenews, and financialobserver. Taras has 30 years’ experience in the media and communications industry. Prior to Benchmark Media, he worked at Morningstar Australasia, sub-editing a range of financial services publications, including InvestorDaily, IFA, Investor Weekly, and SMSF. From 2000 to 2005, he worked in corporate and financial services public relations at listed insurer IAG and Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. He began his career as a journalist with Australian Associated Press in 1992. During his seven years at AAP, he worked in the Canberra press gallery, on the Sydney finance desk, and was deputy bureau chief of the Sydney newsroom.

Tia Thomas

Tia is a journalist with Benchmark Media, writing for selfmanagedsuper and smstrusteenews. Since graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communications degree in 2020, she has written articles about environmental issues, diversity, culture and fashion for a number of publications.Prior to joining Benchmark Media, Tia worked at one of Sydney’s leading radio stations, Nova Entertainment, while also writing articles and website content as a freelancer.

Veena Rai
Digital Optimisation Manager

Veena is a digital optimisation manager at Benchmark Media. She is a passionate marketing professional, with over six-and-a-half years of experience in product marketing, brand management, campaign management and business development. Her most recent projects included creating a go-to-market strategy, sales conversion, customer acquisition and retention campaign for an edtech company. Veena has a Master of Business Administration degree from Symbiosis International University, India.

David Robertson

David is Benchmark Media’s head of sales and marketing, working across selfmanagedsuper, smstrusteenews, and financialobserver. He is responsible for bringing client campaigns to life via print and digital media, video content, and event sponsorships. Assisting clients to reach their target audience of financial planners, accountants and SMSF trustees is his main priority. David has worked in financial services media for several years after 10 years as an independent financial planner. Prior to this, he held various management roles, including marketing and business development, at insurers and fund managers, so he knows the industry well from both sides.

Cynthia O’Young

Cynthia O’Young is the events manager at Benchmark Media. Prior to starting at Benchmark Media in January 2013, Cynthia managed events in the aged-care and tourism industries for peak bodies. She has a Diploma of Event Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Economics (Social Science) and Government from the University of Sydney.

Jenny Azores-David

Jenny is an events manager at Benchmark Media. She has been in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry for over 12 years and has managed events in the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. She has organised and managed exhibitions, conferences, gala dinners and awards nights in various sectors, such as healthcare, construction, IT, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Broadcast Journalism from St Scholastica’s College, Manila, Philippines.

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