Australian Mortgage Awards champions discuss benefits

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Australian Mortgage Awards champions discuss benefits

Eight months on from the 2022 Australian Mortgage Awards, two of the previous award winners are reflecting on the benefits of being named among the best in the business.

The awards ceremony is a highlight of the year and is a brilliant way to recognise people and companies who have delivered exceptional customer outcomes, they say.

This year, the awards will be celebrated with a black tie gala dinner at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on October 13. Last year’s event attracted more than 700 people and the 2023 event is expected to be just as popular with tickets selling fast.

Nominations are open and will close on June 30. Entries be made for any of the six main sections: broker, brokerage, industry, aggregator, BDM or lender. There are 25 categories plus the two major national awards – Westpac Australian Broker of the Year and Liberty Australian Brokerage of the Year, which are chosen from among the winners of the broker and brokerage categories.

Green Finance Group director Daniel Green (pictured above left) won two awards in 2022: the Westpac Australian Broker of the Year Award  and the La Trobe Financial Broker of the Year Award -  Commercial.

Summing up the awards evening as “a highlight of the year”, Green described being recognised alongside some of the industry’s best professional businesses and brokers as something “very special”.

“One of the really great things about the broking industry is that while there is strong competition among brokers generally, there is also an incredible network of support and the annual awards event really puts a spotlight on this dynamic,” Green said.

Bring crowned the Australian Broker of the Year was more than a nod to individual achievement – it  was a testimony to a business building process five years in the making, he said.

While his own business had thrived, Green said so had the Green Finance Group. Its team had grown from five to 15 brokers and from writing $150 million per year in loans to a $1 billion plus business, he said.

A number of commercial specialist brokers from the Green Finance Group team were well-deserved finalists in the commercial broker categories on the night.

“To be there as a group for the first time was a momentous occasion for us as individual brokers and for the Green Finance Group brand,” Green said. 

Winning the Broker of the Year - Commercial award helped to cement Green Finance Group in the commercial broking space and solidified the company’s reputation as the “go to” group of industry finance specialists, he said.

“Whether it's pubs, childcare, commercial property and investment or aged care, if it's specialist, our team are better known for their high-level experience and complex deal structuring expertise,” Green said. 

Having recently spent time overseas with a broader group of broking businesses facilitated by Loan Market, Green said that he was impressed by the level of professionalism, ideas generation and enthusiasm for the industry’s future, which he said looked “incredibly bright”. He and the Green Finance Group team would continue to set a pace that would ensure their representation at future award ceremonies, he said.

The OnDeck Aggregator of the Year (Over 500 Brokers) Award was won by Loan Market.

Loan Market national director Andrew Thompson (pictured above right) said that last year’s awards ceremony was a “brilliant way” to recognise those who had delivered exceptional outcomes to customers over the previous year.

“It's important to celebrate top performers, for they're the ones setting the new standards that we all aspire to,” Thompson said.

Being crowned Aggregator the Year was a thrill and something the LMG team takes great pride in, he said.

“The award belongs to our network as much as the corporate team, because everyone, from the network's business owners to their client service managers, have bought into our vision for broking,” Thompson said.

That vision was to become “more productive with tech” and broker success managers, which Thompson described as a “compliance by design” approach to broking that provided safety and delivered the best possible customer experience. It was also to provide automated marketing solutions that positioned brokers as “number one” in their local markets.

Thompson said that mortgage brokers would benefit from participating in the awards and encouraged them to put their nominations forward.  The awards are also an important platform to engage with customers, he said.

“It’s important for us to celebrate those people who are setting new benchmarks, because they lift the standard for what can be achieved,” Thompson said. “Consumers respect industry accolades and give them confidence to reach out to those in the industry who are doing amazing things.”

Organised by Key Media and supported by Mortgage Professional Australia and Australian Broker, the awards will again have the backing of event partner Westpac, along with NAB and PRPTY 360 as  premium sponsors. Other sponsors include Adelaide Bank, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Equity-One, Bankwest, FBAA, Firstmac, Gateway Bank, La Trobe Financial, Liberty, MFAA, Mortgage Choice, OnDeck, Pepper Money, PropTrack, Q2, Rate Money, Resimac and ubank

FINSTREET is the VIP post-awards event sponsor and PRPTY 360 is the champagne sponsor. Fifo Capital is sponsoring the photo booth and Maxiron Capital is the social media sponsor.

Nominations for the 2023 Australian Mortgage Awards close on June 30.  Tickets for the awards are on sale now and are selling fast – they are available on the Australian Mortgage Awards website.