James Schulze, director and broker at Rise High Financial Solutions, has been awarded as SA’s Best Residential Broker and Broker of the Year at The Adviser’s Better Business Awards in Adelaide.
The Better Business Awards, which honours the Adelaide and the Northern Territory’s best brokers, aggregator BDMs, lender BDMs, loan administrators and those supporting brokers, was held last night (14 February) at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Following the Better Business Summit 2019, hosted in partnership with principal partner NAB, the awards saw brokers from both South Australia and the Northern Territory recognised for their hard work and dedication to delivering good consumer outcomes.
James Schulze from Rise High Financial Solutions was chosen as SA’s Best Residential Broker and Broker of the Year.
The brokerage was also recognised for Best Customer Service (Office), with the judges particularly noting the office’s commitment to their clients and their commitment to improving the financial literacy of their clients and supporting the local community.
Evan Sourbis from Henley Home Loans was honoured for his service to industry through the individual Best Customer Service award for his exceptional delivery of professional and friendly service.
Greg Samuel from Samuel Finance won the Best Finance Broker award, while Joanne Dillon of Smartline Roxby Downs took home the Editor’s Choice award in recognition of her dedication to her clients by working around their schedules to ensure that she is available when she is most needed, going above and beyond to service their needs and ensure that they are mortgage ready.
Lainie Darams from Go Loans was celebrated for her work supporting brokers in the Best Loan Administrator category.
Mortgage Choice Adelaide Hills and Mitcham/Happy Valley took out the award for Best Community Engagement Program for their work supporting local sports teams and women in sports.
Sofie Chapman from Buyers Choice Mortgage & Finance was named Rising Star this year, while Best New Office went to Aussie Torrensville.
Aussie took home several other awards on Thursday night, with Aussie Prospect taking home the Best Branded Office award, while across the border, the Northern Territory’s Darwin office won the Best Regional Office category, with principal Janine Ashmore clinching the Best Regional Broker award.
Independent brokerages Johnston Grocke and Keylend took home the Best Independent Office (5 brokers or less) and Best Independent Office (more than 5 brokers) awards, respectively.
Mentor of the Year for SA this year was broker and author, speaker and podcaster Bushy Martin from KnowHow Property Finance.
Elena Alvaro from Connective, Nic Travar from BankSA and Erin Manhood from Prospa all took home BDM awards in recognition of their service to brokers.
The full list of South Australia/Northern Territory’s Better Business Awards winners is available now.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
Better Business Summit 2019
Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Better Business Awards follows the award-winning Better Business Summit.
The Better Business Summit first launched in 2013 as a state-based event to provide brokers with straight-talking, practical advice to help them grow and improve their businesses.
It was the first state-based awards program to recognise and celebrate the best in the industry in their local markets.
The Better Business Summit has won multiple awards and has grown exponentially over the years to become the industry’s leading event, and now welcomes more than 4,500 attendees every year.
The roadshow will continue to Brisbane (21 February), Melbourne (28 February), Sydney (7 March) before concluding in Perth on 14 March.
Annie Kane is the editor of The Adviser magazine, Australia’s leading magazine for mortgage brokers.
As well as writing news and features on the Australian mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending market – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker podcast and regulator contributor to the Mortgage Business Uncut podcast.
Before joining The Adviser team at Momentum Media in 2016, Annie wrote for a range of business and consumer titles, including The Guardian (Australia), BBC Music Magazine, Elle (Australia), BBC Countryfile, BBC Homes & Antiques, and Resource magazine.
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