The leading players in the third-party channel in Queensland have been honoured at the Better Business Awards in Brisbane.
Following the Better Business Summit 2020, hosted in partnership with principal partner NAB, the Queensland awards was held at the Hilton Brisbane last night (5 March), bringing together more than 450 leading players from the third-party space.
During the course of the evening, the top brokers, business development managers (BDMs) and loan administrators from across the state were celebrated for their hard work and dedication to delivering good consumer outcomes.
The founder and lead broker of Seven Hills-based brokerage Madd Loans, George Samios, was named as the state’s Best Residential Broker and Broker of the Year at The Adviser’s Better Business Awards Queensland.
EK Mortgage’s Eric Dong was crowned Queensland’s Best Finance Broker 2020, winning the award for the second year in a row.
Another repeat winner at the BBAs 2020 was Tracie Palmer from Cornerstone Mentoring, who took home the award of Mentor of the Year 2020 for the second year running, in recognition of all she does for her broker mentees.
Meanwhile, Campbell Gordon from Blambles Financial Group was named the broker with Best Customer Service (Individual), with judges calling out the fact that 100 per cent of his business comes from referrals.
Tungsten Home Loans’ director and broker Brad Quilty was named as the broker who was best serving the needs of regional borrowers, receiving the Best Regional Broker award, while his Ormeau-based office was named the state’s Best Regional Office 2020.
Ormeau brokers were in strong representation at last night’s awards, with Mortgage Choice Ormeau, headed up by Deslie Taylor, winning the Best Branded Office trophy and the award for Best Customer Service (Office).
Another Mortgage Choice broker was also recognised on the night, as Peregian Beach-based broker Gordon MacVicar was named Rising Star.
Yellow Brick Road broker Suzy MacDonald was selected as the Editor’s Choice award winner this year in recognition of her smiling service and dedication to customer service.
New brokers were given a spot in the limelight too, with Zac Goldman from Mortar Finance names as the Best Newcomer to Queensland’s broking industry, while Woolloongabba-based AME Finance went home with the trophy for Best New Office.
BDMs, lenders and loan administrators celebrated
As well as highlighting the achievements of brokers, the Better Business Awards Queensland also commended business development managers (BDMs) and loan administrators for all they do behind the scenes to help their broker partners.
Natalie Lynch from Eastern Financial Solutions took home the trophy for Best Loan Administrator this year.
From the Queensland BDM finalists, Michelle Strapps from Macquarie was named the Best Lender BDM (Bank) while Clare Gallimore at Prospa won the same award in the non-bank category.
In the Best Aggregator BDM award, Connective’s Zorica Grubic was named as the state’s best.
Looking at independent offices, Scott Beattie’s brokerage, Cube Central, was celebrated as Queensland’s Best Independent Office (less than 5 brokers) for 2020.
For their work in supporting the community, the award for Best Community Engagement Program went to Aussie Wynnum, headed up by Shane Bright.
The full list of Queensland’s Better Business Awards winners is available now.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
Now is now in its seventh consecutive year, the Better Business Awards 2020 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 conclude in Melbourne on Thursday, 12 March.
[Related: Revealed: The winners of the Better Business Awards NSW/ACT]
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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