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!

2018 KEY DATES

Take note of the key dates to make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to be part the Connective Excellence Awards!

Awards
submission
open

APRIL

17

Awards
submission
close

JUNE

30

Voting
opens

JULY

4

Voting
closes

JULY

31

FINALISTS
announced

AUGUST

20

Excellence
award
event

SEPT

5-27

Award Types

Auto Nominated

Finalists will be automatically selected for this award type based on settlement volume for FY17/18. The awards include:

Self/Peer Nominated

To be in the running this award type requires you to self-nominate or a peer to nominate you. Finalists will be selected based on submission quality by an expert judging panel. The awards include:

People’s Choice

To be in the running this award type requires you to self-nominate or a peer to nominate you and for your customers to vote for you to win.  The awards include:

  • Brokerage of the year > 5 staff
  • Brokerage of the year < 5 staff
  • Connective Home Loans Broker of the Year
  • Connective Asset Finance Broker of the Year
  • Commercial Broker of the Year
  • Broker of the Year
  • Best All-Round Broker of the Year
  • Empowerment Award
  • Best Newcomer
  • Mercury Hero
  • Compliance Hero
  • Best Marketing Program
  • Best Loan Administrator
  • Lender BDM of the Year
  • Excellence in Customer Service

How to enter

 

Step 1: Click on the categories below to review them in more detail.
Step 2: Select enter to begin your award submission.
Step 3: Create an account for all your awards submissions.
Step 4: Complete the award submission form, addressing the criteria for each award and uploading any required supporting documents.
Step 5: Submit your entry!

 

Please note: You can enter as many categories as you like and you can also nominate a peer if you think they are doing a great job!

 

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2018 Award Categories

Click on the categories below to find out more

Loan Administrator
Best Loan Administrator
Open to loan administrators who you can’t imagine doing business without.

Best Loan Administrator

For many brokerages, the tireless work of the loan administrators is what keeps the businesses running smoothly. Do you have a loan administrator in your company who deserves to be recognised for their hard work? We want to hear about how they have consistently delivered excellent results and effectively supported the broker or business.

 

How will the winner be selected?
Our expert Administration Team will shortlist the finalists based on submission quality and what your loan administrator does to support the smooth operation of your business. The winner will be selected by Connective’s General Manager of Sales from the shortlisted finalists.


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All-Rounder
Best All-Round Broker of the Year
Open to brokers who are consistently high performing in all areas.

Best All-Round Broker of the Year

This award is to recognise brokers who display excellence in their field, not only from a financial perspective but best practice business operations, customer service, community engagement and professional development. You will be a leader, innovator and an inspiration to other brokers.

 

How will the winner be selected?
Our Senior Leadership Team will shortlist the finalists based on submission quality and evidence that the broker is a high performer in all areas of their field. The winner will be selected by Connective’s Chief Executive Officer from the shortlisted finalists.


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Empowerment
Empowerment Award
Open to all females in the industry who are excelling in their fields and have made a positive impact on the industry

Empowerment Award

Supporting women in the finance industry is important to Connective. The Empowerment Award is open to any woman working within the mortgage broking industry including industry bodies, brokers, administrators, business owners, and business development managers who have had a significant impacted on the industry.

 

How will the winner be selected?
A panel of female Connective leaders will shortlist the finalists based on submission quality and achievements which have positively impacted the industry. The winner will be selected by Connective’s General Manager of Marketing from the shortlisted finalists.


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Lender BDM of the Year
Lender BDM of the Year
Nominate an awesome Lender BDM to be recognised for their hard work.

Lender BDM of the Year

Mortgage broking would be much harder without the support of Lender BDMs. We want to know which Lender BDM has helped your business the most this year. Or perhaps you are a lender who would like to see the work of one of your fantastic colleagues recognised. Please note – you can only nominate one Lender BDM.

 

Once we’ve received nominations, we’ll ask our members to vote for the most deserving winner in each state.


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Best Newcomer
Best Newcomer
Open to new brokers (less than two years) who are excelling in their field.

Best Newcomer

Open to brokers who have been broking for less than two years as 30 June 2018 (yes, you can have had previous experience working for a lender or in another part of our industry).

 

This award will go to a broker who not only has had exceptional financial results, but has fully embraced what it means to be a professional in our industry. You will be a good writer with good volumes but you have also had success outside of settlements alone, such as process improvement, innovation, marketing, branding, community engagement or the support of other new brokers.

 

How will the winner be selected?
Your State Support Team will review all submissions and select finalists based on the quality of your submission. We will also assess financial performance and your overall operation as a broker. Winners will be chosen by our General Manager of Sales & Distribution from the shortlisted finalists.
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Mercury Hero
Mercury Hero
Open to brokers who are the masters of using Mercury to improve business efficiency.

Mercury Hero

Is Mercury at the core of your business operations? Then this is award is for you. All users of Mercury are eligible to enter. Mercury can be one of the most powerful tools you have in your business and we want to know how you use it to increase efficiencies and grow your business.

 

How will the winner be selected?
Our expert Mercury Development Team will shortlist the finalists based on submission quality and how you use Mercury effectively to improve business operations. The winner will be selected by Connective’s General Manager of Technology from the shortlisted finalists.


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Compliance
Compliance Hero
Open to Connective Credit Representatives, embracing compliance to deliver exceptional results.

Compliance Hero

There is growing complexity in the regulatory landscape and excellence in compliance is an important business practice that increases your professionalism and enhances the customer experience.

 

This award is open to all Connective Credit Representatives. We want to know how you are achieving best practice compliance by exceeding standard legislative requirements. You are a broker who demonstrates a sound understanding of responsible lending and providing your customers with good outcomes.

 

How will the winner be selected?
Our expert Compliance Team will shortlist the finalists based on submission quality and how you achieve best practice compliance standards. The winner will be selected by Connective’s Group Legal Counsel from the shortlisted finalists.


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Customer Service
Excellence in Customer Service
Open to brokerages who keep the customer at the heart of everything they do.

Excellence in Customer Service

The award for Excellence in Customer Service showcases brokerages who keep the customer at the heart of everything they do. Entering this award is a great opportunity to engage with your customers and promote your business. This award will be judged on a scaled voting system dependent on the size of your business, so it is fair for everyone to enter. Simply let us know what you do to provide excellent customer service and then invite your customers to vote using the email template we provide.


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Marketing
Best Marketing Program
Open to brokerages who have delivered a killer marketing program.

Best Marketing Program

A great marketing program can engage your customers and grow your business.

 

To qualify, your marketing program must have run during FY17/18, include multiple campaign elements and have delivered on your objectives. Campaign elements may include: a series of marketing emails, a branding campaign that includes signage and print advertising, social and digital media campaigns, billboards, television and radio advertising or something creative and different!

 

We want to see how your marketing program contributed to your success so be sure to include your objectives, details and results. Your campaign may be created by an agency or it could be something you’ve put together yourself.

 

How will the winner be selected?
Connective’s expert Marketing Team will shortlist the finalists based on submission quality including creative elements, results and marketing techniques used. The winner will be selected by our General Manager of Marketing from the shortlisted finalists.
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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.

Celebrate your success

Make sure you book your ticket to attend our State Based Awards Gala Dinner.
Why not bring the whole team and turn it into a night of celebration for everyone.

Perth
Crown Perth Ballroom

Sept 5, 2018
6.30pm  – 11.00pm

Register

Sydney
Jones Bay Wharf

Sept 6, 2018
6.30pm  – 11.00pm

Register

Melbourne
Crown Towers

Sept 20, 2018
6.30pm  – 11.00pm

Register

Brisbane
Moda

Sept 20, 2018
6.30pm  – 11.00pm

Register

Adelaide
Adelaide Oval

Sept 27, 2018
6.30pm  – 11.00pm

Register

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

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

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