The leading brokers, business development managers and support staff in Victoria have been recognised at the Better Business Awards 2019.
The Better Business Awards, which honours Victoria’s best brokers, aggregator BDMs, lender BDMs, loan administrators and those supporting brokers, were held last night (28 February) at the Crown Towers in Melbourne.
Following the Better Business Summit 2019, hosted in partnership with principal partner NAB, the awards saw brokers from across the state recognised for their hard work and dedication to delivering good consumer outcomes.
Mark Davis, broker and director of the Australian Lending & Investment Centre (ALIC), was named Victoria’s Best Residential Broker and Broker of the Year at last night’s event.
The Best Finance Broker award went to Holly Bundy of Bundy Financial Services, while TM Finance Group’s Belinda Gibson was recognised for her work in the Best Customer Service (Individual) category.
Faris Dedic, director and broker at Red Door Financial Group, was honoured as the state’s Best Newcomer 2019.
Meanwhile, Ben Kinglsey’s Empower Wealth Mortgage Advisory took home the award for Best Customer Service (Office).
In the office categories, Balwyn’s Red Door Financial Group took home two awards: Best Independent Office (5 brokers or less) as well as Best New Office, while Astute Financial Gippsland was crowned Best Regional Office.
RateOne received the award for Best Independent Office (more than 5 brokers), while – in the Best Branded Office – Josh Bartlett’s office, Loan Market Bayside, was one of several Loan Market winners on the night.
Geelong-based Loan Market broker Sarah Thomson took home the award for Best Regional Broker once again, while her fellow Loan Market broker, Bernard Desmond, was crowned the state’s Rising Star for the second year in a row.
Brokers were also praised during the evening for their activities outside of home loan writing, with the team at Accession Finance being celebrated for the Best Community Engagement Program.
Copper Finance’s Vinay Gehi took home the Editor’s Choice award in recognition of his dedication to providing financial education and keeping his customers informed on market changes that could impact them.
In honour of her work in mentoring, Quality Financial Group broker and owner Sue Hayter was crowned Victoria’s Mentor of the Year 2019.
As well as brokers and brokerages, the Better Business Awards VIC also celebrated the BDMs and loan administrators that support brokers on a daily basis.
The Best Loan Administrator award was taken out by Ali Campbell, who was celebrated for her support of brokers in the Aussie Launceston office.
Connective’s Aaron Cody won the Best Aggregator BDM award, with Dylan Cole from Bank of Melbourne winning the Best Lender BDM (Bank) category and former Liberty Financial BDM and current Macquarie BDM Eliza Mead winning the Best Lender BDM (Non-bank) trophy.
The full list of Victoria’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 Sydney (7 March) before concluding in Perth on the 14th of March.
[Related: Queensland broking industry honoured]
Annie Kane is the editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business.
As well as writing about the Australian broking industry, the mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending landscape – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker and In Focus podcasts and The Adviser Live webcasts.
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