MFAA lauds top brokers

by AB03 Mar 2014
It was a big night on Friday for Australia’s leading mortgage and finance industry performers, who were recognised at the eleventh annual Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia Excellence Awards.
MFAA CEO Phil Naylor said the winners epitomise the strides the mortgage broking industry –which provides close to half of the country’s mortgages – has made over the last year.
“We received a record number of very professional submissions and it was a very difficult for our panel of independent judges to single out the winners from the 59 finalists, who ranged from individual operators to major banks,” he said.
The awards were handed out to credit advisers across almost every sector of the mortgage and finance industry, from major lenders to small regional mortgage broking franchisees.
The awards have been sponsored by Commonwealth Bank of Australia every year, and its general manager of broker sales, Sam Boer, said the bank does so as a “mark of our commitment” to the mortgage broking industry’s sustainability.

“The MFAA Excellence Awards honour those who have been outstanding in demonstrating strong business capabilities and delivering exceptional customer service, and we congratulate them all,” he said.
2014 MFAA Excellence Awards – Individual Awards
Achievement Award
  • James Schulze – Rise High Financial Solutions
BDM of the Year     
  • Michelle Bannister – La Trobe Financial
Mortgage Credit Adviser of the Year
  • Melissa Gielnik – Smart Lending
Finance Credit Adviser Business
  • Mildura Finance Limited
Mortgage Credit Adviser Business: 2-5 loan writers  
Mortgage Credit Adviser Business: 6+ loan writers
  • Smartline Adelaide City
Mortgage Manager of the Year
  • Barnes Home Loans
Aggregator/Originator of the Year (Retail & Wholesale)
  • eChoice Home Loans
Aggregator/Originator of the Year (Retail)
  • Smartline
Aggregator/Originator (Wholesale)
  • Connective
Support Services Provider
  • Stargate Group
Lender of the Year:
Tier 1
  • Commonwealth Bank
Tier 2