Thirty-six brokers from across Australia are in the running to win five coveted state-based Best Residential Broker awards in 2016.
Once again leading the pack in NSW is Intelligent Finance managing director Justin Doobov, who was also named The Adviser’s number one Elite Business Writer for 2015.
Mr Doobov won four gongs at the 2014 NSW Better Business Awards, where he was named Broker of the Year.
Eric Cui of Alliance Mortgage Solutions was named NSW Best Residential Broker for 2015. While Mr Cui is not a finalist in 2016, his colleague Donald Tang is in the running.
Fellow candidates are Albert Waldron of Awesome Lending Solutions, Daniel O'Brien from PFS Financial Services, Jason Basseal from Loan Market Burwood, Karen Bashford of South Coast Business & Financial Solutions, Raymond Xue from ACA Mortgage Solution and Shore Financial’s Theo Chambers.
For Victoria, this year's Best Residential Broker, Mark Davis from The Australian Lending & Investment Centre, is once again in the running to take out the top spot. Mr Davis was also crowned Broker of the Year at the 2015 awards in Victoria.
Other candidates for the Victoria Residential Broker of the Year award are Andrew Mirams of Intuitive Finance, Cameron Stillman from Picket Fence Finance, Centum Mortgage Group’s Jason Guo, Joanne Attard of Jo Attard & Co, Josh Bartlett from Loan Market Bayside, Joshua Egan of Astute Financial Melbourne City South and Ke Li from Advanced Choice Finance.
In Queensland, the Best Residential Broker of 2015, Tony Fornano of Fornano Group Wealth Management, is not a finalist for next year’s award.
However, in the running are 2015 Rising Star George Samios of Madd Loans and his fellow Young Broker of the Year finalist Charlie Zhu of Mortgage Choice Sunnybank.
Other Queensland brokers shortlisted for the 2016 Best Residential Broker award are Jeff Falconer from Park First Home Loans, Matt Carr of MC Mortgage Solutions, Neil Christie from Aussie Oxenford, Peter Gwynne from Choice Home Loans Varsity Lakes, Ruan Burger from Time Home Loans and Go Mortgage Corporation’s Xavier Quenon.
In Western Australia, Colin Lamb has been named as one of the finalists for the Best Residential Broker category after winning the award in 2014.
Momentum Wealth’s Bianca Patterson and Sarcha Sagisaka, Young Broker of the Year James Chatfield of Chatfield Consulting, Quentin Grofski of Aussie Morley, and Steven Milligan and Warrick Greaves from Launch Finance, are all in the running to be named the 2016 Best Residential Broker in WA.
This year’s Best Residential Broker in South Australia, Leon Spadavecchia of Afirm Financial, is in the running to take the title again in 2016.
Leon’s fellow finalists are Carlo Catalano from Loan Market, Cathy Anderson of Smartline Blackwood, James Schulze from Rise High Financial Solutions and Simon Norris of Go Loans.
Now in its third consecutive year, the Better Business Awards form part of the award-winning Better Business Summit, crowned Event of the Year at both the 2015 and 2014 Publish Awards (previously the Publishers Australia Excellence Awards).
Click here for the full list of this year's finalists from each state.