Chris named as one of the Financial Standard’s Power50 2017

Fortress founder Chris Black has been named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Financial Advisers in Australia by the Financial Standard.  Congratulations Chris!

What is the FS Power50?

The FS Power50 are financial advisers who have made an enormous impact in the industry. They have demonstrated their commitment and intention to usher the financial planning industry into the consumer age. Enduring influence cannot be created overnight. It is cultivated through years of hard work. And sometimes, you don’t realise the impact of an influencer until years later.

Those who made it into the FS Power50 list have their roots in community building. They volunteer their time and skills either through local community works and charities or as active members of their industry associations.

That the FS Power50 run successful advice businesses is a given.  Many have won peer-based industry awards or business awards.  That they are natural leaders is also a given. They head local or regional chapters of their industry association, spearhead charity projects, or are active members of sports and community groups.

Finally, most are early adopters of social media, which only serves to expand their spheres of influence beyond their immediate networks.

2017 Top 50: Chris Black

When he’s not racing cars with his brother, you’ll often find Chris doing a very different kind of driving: steering his clients’ finances. He’s committed to long-term relationships with his clients – young professionals, families, tradespeople, farmers, business owners – and helping them to protect their families and businesses.

After an eight-year stint with Bendigo Bank and Suncorp, he decided to go out on his own and found Fortress Financial Solutions in 2013.


  • Mentor, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Mentor Program (2017)
  • Committee member, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders Committee (2016-current)
  • Rising Star Award, Suncorp self-employed advisers (2015)
  • Player’s Player, Suncorp Bank (2009)

Read the full Top 50 list here.

Congratulations Chris! To book a free consultation with Chris, please book online or contact us on


Wording taken from the FS Power 50 e-book (November 2017), available via the link above.

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