The two founding members of Ascor®, Wouter Fourie and Martin De Kock, met during a church men's camp in 2003 and soon realised their dreams for their respective businesses had much in common.
They dreamed of establishing a business that would provide comprehensive Professional Financial Services. These services would include Financial Planning, Investment Management, Life insurance, Retirement Planning, Tax, Estate Planning and Administration, Auditing and Accounting - under one roof.
As qualified Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant they already owned and managed successful practices. As they contemplated and dreamed about it more, it became clear that merging the two practices would be sensible. The biggest challenge with such a merger was office space. Neither of the practice offices were big enough to accommodate the merged businesses.
In 2004 they acquired their own office block in Apex Corporate Park. On 1 April 2005 (this is not an April’s Fool Joke) the ASCOR® group was established and moved into their new offices.
Over the years Ascor® has grown into a successful Financial Services business with more than 20 staff. Ascor® was the first practice in South Africa to offer an internship programme for CFP®'s.
In 2013 the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) of South Africa recognized Ascor® for its excellence professionalism by accrediting Ascor® with an inaugural FPI Professional Practice™ certification. Ascor® was one of the first 3 practices in South Africa to achieve this accreditation
In 2015 Wouter Fourie, one of the co-founders was awarded the Financial Planner of the year 2015/2016. This award is sponsored by Personal Finance and seeks to reward the most proficient professional Financial Planner in the profession.
Through the years the mission has not changed; Ascor® aims to be recognised as the leading Independent Wealth Management Group, by being innovative and dedicated to their clients. They strive to grow the company by applying Godly principals, offering exceptional client service, and maximising the personal worth of everyone employed by Ascor®.