Nothing is more worthy of celebration than your excellence

Connective Excellence Awards are our way of saying thank you. They are an opportunity for you to share your stories and accomplishments. A way for us to reward and recognise your outstanding performance and business achievements, and celebrate these with you and your peers.
This year our industry has seen significant growth and in turn, our business has grown alongside yours. We’ve all seen and been a part of the changes in the industry and together, we will continue innovating and evolving.

 

Connective’s level of success would be nowhere near where it is today without you and your commitment to your customers, and us. There’s a reason you should enter the Connective Excellence Awards – to celebrate your excellence!

 

Award Categories

2017 Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Connective Excellence Awards Winners.

Mercury Hero

Scott Collins, Iron Advantage

Empowerment Award

Vicky Gardiner, Go Loans

Best Newcomer

Michael Marafiote, Truevest Finance

Broker of the Year

Gary Benzan, Loanology

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

LKFS Financial Services

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Go Loans

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Top End Regional Finance (ACHG Group)

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Les Harris, Mortgage 123

Commercial Broker of the Year

Theo Kouzapa, LKFS Financial Services

Compliance Hero

Katie Scholes, Akorin Finance

Best Marketing

Akorin Finance

Lender BDM of the Year

Sandy Basso, Connective Home Loans

Best Customer Service

Optimo Home Loans

Mercury Hero

Nissan Nissan, Excellence Finance

Empowerment Award

Meiken Barnes, intouch Finance Albury Wodonga

Best Newcomer

Jordan Beh, Insight Property Finance

Broker of the Year

Kin Wong, One Lending Solutions

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

iChoice

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Lendi

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Goldkey Financial

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Francis Raymond, Locumsgroup

Commercial Broker of the Year

David White, David White Finance Solutions

Compliance Hero

Jai Martinkovits, Finance Ferret

Best Marketing

Pure Finance

Lender BDM of the Year

Rosa Primerano, NAB

Best Customer Service

Sattout Accounting Services

Mercury Hero

Laura Sillano, Pod Financial

Empowerment Award

Samantha Bright, Thrive Investment Finance

Best Newcomer

Renee Tocco, Loanezi

Broker of the Year

George Samios, MADD Loans

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

Smart Mortgages

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Balanz

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Balanz

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Neil Higgins, Credit Connection

Commercial Broker of the Year

Brecken Curtis, Sprout Agribusiness

Compliance Hero

Lindy Kelly, Kelly & Co Financial Services

Best Marketing

North Brisbane Home Loans

Lender BDM of the Year

Sally Hillman, St George Bank

Best Customer Service

Kelly & Co Financial Services

Mercury Hero

Mark Nolan, Sense Financial Services

Empowerment Award

Bianca Patterson, Calculated Lending

Best Newcomer

Ashleigh Patterson, Momentum Wealth Finance

Broker of the Year

Chris Hazell, Bespoke Finance Group

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

Momentum Wealth Finance

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

TAG Financial Group

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Force Finance

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Dewald Visagie, Perthgrow Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Alan Pavisich, Resolute Finance

Compliance Hero

Soul Finance Group

Best Marketing

Bespoke Finance Group

Lender BDM of the Year

Michelle Lavender, Bankwest

Best Customer Service

TAG Financial Group

Mercury Hero

Clinton Waters, AXTON Finance

Empowerment Award

Marika Johnson, Geelong Financial Group

Best Newcomer

Barry Thatcher, Thatcher Finance

Broker of the Year

Mark Davis, The Australian Lending & Investment Centre

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

Steller Home Loans

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

The Australian Lending & Investment Centre

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Geelong Financial Group

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Matt Mannaert, Acceptance Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Claire Xiang, Finance Classic

Compliance Hero

Adrian Grant, Stand Fast Financial

Best Marketing

Entourage Finance

Lender BDM of the Year

Anthony Gravina, ANZ

Best Customer Service

JOINT WINNERS
Vida Financial Services
AND
Entourage Finance

2017 Finalists

The 2017 Connective Excellence Awards Finalists

Broker of the Year

 Kin Wong, One Lending Solutions
David Xu, Addsum Home Loan
Jason Khoury, iChoice

Commercial Broker of the Year

David White, David White Finance Solutions
Sukhi Singh, Infinity Finance Solutions
David Xu, Addsum Home Loan

Mercury Hero

Belinda Herbert, Classic Finance Group
Nissan Nissan, Excellence Finance
Sandra Truong, Equal Partners

Compliance Hero

Danyelle Frank, My Lending Specialist
Rebecca Jarrett-Dalton, Two Red Shoes
Jai Martinkovits, Finance Ferret
Nissan Nissan, Excellence Finance

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Francis Raymond, Locumsgroup
Peter Economos, Dolphinex Investments
George Mihalopoulos, Connected Finance
Neil Cato, Perception Wholesale Lending Solutions

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Younis & Co Finance
Specialist Lending Group
Goldkey Financial

Best Newcomer

Jordan Beh, Insight Property Finance
Sandeep Jagtap, Finsource
George Mihalopoulos, Connected Finance
Peter Vassilis, Black & White Finance

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

iChoice
Universal Integrity
Addsum Home Loan

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Lendi
Home Loan Experts
1st Street
One Lending Solutions

Best Marketing

Pure Finance
Futurity
Mint Equity

BDM of the Year

Michael Abboud, Macquarie Bank
Rosa Primerano, NAB
Deidre Walker, AMP
Russell Adams, Connective Home Loans

Best Customer Service

Finance Ferret
Connected Finance
Sattout Accounting Services
Divitis Finance & Mortgage Broking
Jack Horner Financial Solutions

Empowerment Award

Meiken Barnes, intouch Finance Albury Wodonga
Alycia Inglis, Stoneturn Pty Ltd
Nancy Youssef, Classic Finance Group

Mercury Hero

Daniel Duong, Vida Financial Services
Luke Jacobson, JK Finance
Clinton Waters, AXTON Finance

Empowerment Award

Chloe Hughes, Mentor Lending Solutions
Elaine Huynh, JEJE Corporation
Marika Johnson, Geelong Financial Group

Best Newcomer

Daniel Duong, Vida Financial Services
Elaine Huynh, JEJE Corporation
Barry Thatcher, Thatcher Finance

Broker of the Year

Kevin, Agent, The Australian Lending & Investment Centre
Claire Xiang, Finance Classic
Reece Droscher, Steller Home Loans
Mark Davis, The Australian Lending & Investment Centre
Andrew Mirams, Intuitive Finance

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

Steller Home Loans
Finance Classic
Intuitive Finance
Picket Fence Finance

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Acceptance Finance
Geelong Financial Group
The Australian Lending & Investment Centre
Australian Unity

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Red Door Financial Group
Geelong Financial Group
AG Peters Finance & Loans

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Scott Patterson, iConnect Financial Brighton
Shane Payne, CS Lending Group
Graham Crockett, Guardian National Mortgage
Matt Mannaert, Acceptance Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Claire Xiang, Finance Classic
Reece Droscher, Steller Home Loans
Daryn Heffernan, Trusted Finance Solutions
Gerald Teh, Axis Capital Partners

Compliance Hero

Paul Drossinos, Delphic Finance
Adrian Grant, Stand Fast Financial
Joe Mennea, Financial Consulting Australia

Best Marketing

Alexander and Hutton
Intuitive Finance
Entourage Finance

Lender BDM of the Year

Domenic Cuzzupi, Macquarie Bank
Rebecca Goodwin, ANZ
Anthony Gravina, ANZ
Jess Vaiano, Connective Home Loans

Best Customer Service

Think and Grow Finance
Vida Financial Services
Sunraysia Home Loans
Entourage Finance

Broker of the Year

George Samios, Madd Loans
Kelly Cameron, Get Real Finance
Brecken Curtis, Sprout Agribusiness
Ben Ou, Smart Mortgages

Empowerment Award

Samantha Bright, Thrive Investment Finance
Melissa Mann, Thinking Big Finance
Andrea O’Shea, Coronis Mortgage and Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Brecken Curtis, Sprout Agribusiness
Darren de Jong, Balanz
George Sha, Balanz
Berend Lockefeer, Balanz

Compliance Hero

Lindy Kelly, Kelly & Co Financial Services
Donna Sgangarella, FinFit Lending Solutions
Laura Sillano, Pod Financial

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Neil Higgins, Credit Connection
Jason Priddle, Alastria
Gary Davis, Commercial Brokers Australia
Lindy Kelly, Kelly & Co Financial Services

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Business Mortgage And Equipment Finance
Balanz
MJH Advisory

Best Newcomer

Deanna Britton, Furious Finance
David French-Golby, Coronis Mortgage and Finance
Donna Sgangarella, FinFit Lending Solutions
Renee Tocco, Loanezi

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

Madd Loans
Get Real Finance
Sprout Agribusiness
Smart Mortgages

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Balanz
Moneywise Global Home Loans
Coronis Mortgage and Finance
QPF Finance Group

Lender BDM of the Year

Richard Galvin, Connective Home Loans
Sally Hillman, St George Bank
Stuart Power, Westpac
Andy Zhao, Bankwest

Best Customer Service

Furious Finance
North Brisbane Home Loans
Kelly & Co Financial Services
Loan Wize

Best Marketing

Furious Finance
North Brisbane Home Loans
Madd Loans
Coronis Mortgage and Finance

Mercury Hero

Michael Hubbard, MJH Advisory
Lindy Kelly, Kelly & Co Financial Services
Laura Sillano, Pod Financial

Broker of the Year

Gary Dzlw, DZL Wealth
Sam Yoong, Loan Hunter Australia
Chris Hazell, Bespoke Finance Group
Mark Nolan, Sense Financial Services

Commercial Broker of the Year

Alan Pavisich, Resolute Finance
Michael Papadopoff, All About You Financial Solutions
Jeffrey Doig, Pacific Finance

Empowerment Award

Hayley Sherar, TAG Financial Group
Bianca Patterson, Calculated Lending
Cassandra Wayne, Lifeguard Finance

Compliance Hero

Kirsten Nazzari, Soul Finance Group
Alison Martin, Venrock Home Loans
Kylie Symonds, Thane Finance

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Sanjay Sasidharan, Onsight Finance
Shivani Singla, Success Wealth WA
Dewald Visagie, Perthgrow Finance
Nathan Massie, Sprint Finance

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

In Front Australian Business Solutions
Venrock Home Loans
Force Finance

Best Newcomer

Robert Flynn, TAG Financial Group
Mike Hawtin, Soul Finance Group
Carly Lambourne, Lifeguard Finance
Ashleigh Patterson, Momentum Wealth Finance

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

Catalyst Finance
Premium Private Finance (WA)
Perth Finance Centre
Momentum Wealth Finance
Sense Financial Services

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Value Finance
Bespoke Finance Group
TAG Financial Group
InReach Finance
Pacific Finance

Best Marketing

TAG Financial Group
Soul Finance Group
InReach Finance
Bespoke Finance Group

Lender BDM of the Year

Chantelle Beaumont, Pepper Money
Lee Hams, ANZ
Cameron Spiccia, CBA
Michelle Lavender, Bankwest

Best Customer Service

TAG Financial Group
Catalyst Finance
Soul Finance Group
Thane Finance

Mercury Hero

Nicola Harvey, TAG Financial Group
Kirsten Nazzari, Soul Finance Group
Mark Nolan, Sense Financial Services

Broker of the Year

Theo Kouzapa, LKFS Financial Services
Gary Benzan, Loanology
David Garner, Go Loans

Commercial Broker of the Year

Theo Kouzapa, LKFS Financial Services
Chris Krotiris, Position Financial Services
Anthony Fimeri, Chase Finance
Michael Bagshaw, Statewide Business

Empowerment Award

Vicky Gardiner, Go Loans
Alexandra Robins, Sugar Financial Services
Katie Scholes, Akorin Business & Home Finance Solutions

Compliance Hero

Shirley Ferris, Foster and Blanchard Finance
Vicky Gardiner, Go Loans
Katie Scholes, Akorin Business & Home Finance Solutions

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Les Harris, Mortgage 123
Michael Ferrier, Eadon Home Loans
John Savino, JAS FINANCE
Ken Bruns, Loan Planners SA

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Imagine Finance
Top End Regional Finance (ACHG Group)
AllCapital Finance

Best Newcomer

Chris Krotiris, Fundamental Business Finance
Michael Marafiote, Truevest Finance
Yang Zhang, Yaray Finance

Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff

ORA Lending Solutions
Mortgage 123
Chase Finance
LKFS Financial Services

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Go Loans
Eadon Home Loans
Homecorp Finance
Riverland Lending Services

Best Marketing

Tin Roof Finance
Foster and Blanchard Finance
Akorin Finance

Lender BDM of the Year

Sandy Basso, Connective Home Loans
Brian Bowshire, Westpac
David Burgan, Suncorp Bank
Ian Jeffries, Commonwealth Bank

Best Customer Service

Go Loans
MacNab Finance
Optimo Home Loans
LKFS Financial Services
Akorin Business & Home Finance Solutions

Mercury Hero

Scott Collins, Iron Advantage
Lainie Darams, Go Loans
Peter Morgante, LKFS Financial Services

Join us at Conference to celebrate

Make sure you book your ticket to attend our State Based Awards Gala Dinner, featured at the Connective Conferences around the country this October and November.

Why not bring the whole team and turn it into a night of celebration for everyone?

There’s so much more to enter

Submissions for the Connective Excellence Awards are NOW CLOSED .
Winners will be awarded on a state by state basis, with no national winners.

There’s so much more to recognise

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Also known as the People’s Choice Award, this is a great opportunity to engage with your clients and showcase pride in your business. No matter what size of business you operate, the judging of this award will be scaled so your business can compete. You simply invite your customers to vote for your brokerage as a provider of the Best Customer Service using the marketing template we provide, then we will do the rest!

BEST MARKETING

A great marketing strategy can make all the difference to your success. This award is open to all brokerages and specifies marketing campaigns executed during FY 16/17. Your campaign may be created by an agency or it could be something you’ve put together yourself.

EMPOWERMENT AWARD

Supporting and celebrating strong, successful and proud women in our industry. This award is open to any woman working within the mortgage broking industry including industry bodies, brokers, administrators, business owners, and business development managers.

COMPLIANCE HERO

Who has put compliance at the core of their business processes? Who uses compliance to drive their business development and build trust and credibility? All loan writers/brokers/business owners within Connective are eligible to enter this award. We want to know how you are going above and beyond the standard legislative requirements and are fully embracing compliant processes.

MERCURY HERO

Last year, Mercury had over 1.5 million logins. That’s over 4,000 logins every day. That’s a lot of brokers using Mercury! But we want to know, who uses it the best? Who has put Mercury at the core of key business processes? Who has used Mercury to improve workflows, marketing and communication? All Mercury users are eligible to enter (staff, brokers, business owners).

LENDER BDM OF THE YEAR

Without the tireless support of our awesome Lender BDMs, life as a mortgage broker would be that much harder. We want to know which Lender BDMs have gone above and beyond the call of duty and helped your business the most this year. Lender BDMs can nominate themselves. And for brokers, please note – you can only nominate one!

Once nominations close, we will open this category up for all members to vote on who deserves to to win Lender BDM of The Year in each state.

BEST NEWCOMER

Open to brokers who have been in a broking/business management role for less than 2 years (yes, you can be an ex-banker), we want to know what sets you apart from the pack. What innovative idea or business practice have you implemented this year? Are you targeting a new segment of the market? Or maybe you’re doing something incredible for your local community?

AUTO-NOMINATED AWARDS

We also have auto-nominated awards. For these awards, winners will be chosen based on their volume settled via Mercury with our panel lenders for FY16/17 including:

Broker of the Year
Commercial Broker of the Year
Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year
Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year
Brokerage of the Year <5 Staff
Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

All finalists will be announced September 2017 via email and online.

Value for winners & finalists.

 

The Connective Excellence Awards are our chance to say thank you to you. They present an opportunity for you to be recognised in front of your local peers and the lender BDMs in your state, and are a chance for you to reflect on all that you have achieved.

No matter how big, small, young or old your business may be, entering industry awards provides great opportunities. Entering awards allows you to reflect on your business performance and review how well you are doing against your goals. Being named as an award finalist, or a winner, also positions you as an expert in your field. That makes your award logo a powerful device to have in your marketing toolkit.

The Connective Excellence Awards program provides the opportunity to:

  • Increase your business profile
  • Showcase your success
  • Add value to your brand
  • Focus on your business statistics
  • Be rewarded for your hard work and business excellence
  • Evaluate and benchmark your business against the best.

If you become a finalist you will also receive:

  • A finalist certificate to showcase on your office wall
  • Exclusive use of the Connective Excellence Awards finalist logo to use in your marketing material.

If you become a winner you will also receive:

  • A framed winner certificate and trophy presented at the Connective Conference Gala Dinner
  • Exclusive use of the Connective Excellence Awards winner’s logo to use in your marketing material
  • A ready to go Press Release that you can send to local publications
  • Media coverage and promotion
  • The opportunity to become a content contributor for Connective, positioning yourself as an industry expert
  • Your name and company logo on our awards website each year.

Hall of Fame – 2016 Winners

Check out the 2016 Connective Excellence Awards Winners in our Hall of Fame:

Broker of the Year

Will Foster, Foster Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Brad Sewell, Robinson Sewell Partners

Best Loan Administrator

Vanessa Alsaady, Excellence Finance

Connective Credit Rep of the Year

Joshua Geurts, Finance Ferret

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Francis Raymond, Locumsgroup

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Mark Golding, Goldkey Financial

Best Newcomer

Jai Martinkovits, Finance Gerret

Brokerage of the Year

David Coulton, Scope Financial

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Australian Credit & Finance

Best Marketing

Leigh Peteh, Mint Equity

BDM of the Year

Tony Semrani, Commonwealth Bank

Best Loan Administrator

Nikki Morris, Intuitive Finance

Best Marketing

Damien Roylance, Entourage Finance

Best Newcomer

John Kenny, Recharge My Loan

Broker of the Year

Mark Davis, Australian Lending & Investment Company

Brokerage of the Year

Clinton Waters, AXTON Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Nick Kakalis, Finance Unlimited

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Simon Sutterby, Geelong Financal Group

Connective Credit Rep of the Year

Mario Borg, Masters Broker Group

BDM of the Year

Chris Meaker, Pepper

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Acceptance Finance

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Matthew Mannaert, Acceptance Finance

BDM of the Year

Jess Vaiano, Connective Home Loans Essentials

Broker of the Year

George Samios, MADD

Broker of the Year

Kelly Cameron-Tull, Get Real Finance

Commercial Broker of the Year

Patrick O’Brien, Impact Finance

Connective Credit Rep of the Year

Scott Beattie, Cube Home Loans

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Jason Priddle, Breeze Home Loans

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Mark Turner, Business Mortgage and Equipment Finance

Best Newcomer

Brendon Burrows, On Call Finance Pty Ltd

Brokerage of the Year

Andrew Hill, Expert Lending

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Kelly & Co

BDM of the Year

Richard Galvin, Connective Home Loans

Best Loan Administrator

Lisa Simpson, ZEP Finance

Best Marketing

Leah Blackford, Furious Finance

Broker of the Year

Chris Hazell, Bespoke Finance Group

Commercial Broker of the Year

Alan Pavisich, Resolute Finance

Best Loan Administrator

Nicola Harvey, Tag Finance

Connective Credit Rep of the Year

Jeff Euphemie, My Finance People

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Nathan Massie, Sprint Finance

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Murray Martin, Venrock Home Loans

Best Newcomer

Paul Fox, Fox Mortgage Services

Brokerage of the Year

Sense Financial

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Tag Finance

Best Marketing

Catalyst Finance

BDM of the Year

Cameron Spiccia, Commonwealth Bank

Broker of the Year

David Garner, Go Loans

Commercial Broker of the Year

John Costa, Chase Finance

Best Loan Administrator

Rachel Fraser, Eadon Home Loans

Connective Credit Rep of the Year

Katie Scholes, Akorin

Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year

Les Harris, Mortgage 123

Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year

Trevor Madigan, all CAPITAL

Best Newcomer

Ben Cuthbertson, Big Picture Home Loans

Brokerage of the Year

Big Picture Home Loans

Brokerage of the Year >5 Staff

Eadon Home Loans

Best Marketing

Shirley Ferris, Foster & Blanchard

BDM of the Year

Steve Wallace, Homeloans Ltd

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