MPA Top 100 Broker Ruan Burger has been named Mortgage Broker of the Year at the MFAA Excellence Awards.
Burger, of Home Loans Etc in Gladstone, Queensland, also took out the MFAA Award of Distinction. Keith Caine of Mortgage Choice in Glenelg East, SA, won the MFAA Achievement Award while Daniel Zadnik of Hawthorn Finance in Burwood, Victoria won Finance Broker of the Year.
AMA winner Fiona Brown of Connective was named BDM of the Year, while Mortgage Choice was named Retail Aggregator or Originator of the Year. Vow Financial took out the award for Wholesale Aggregator or Originator of the Year, and AFG won for Retail and Wholesale Aggregator or Originator of the Year.
The MFAA's business awards also lauded lenders and broking businesses. ANZ won the Lender of the Year Award for first-tier banks, while Bankwest took the honours amond second-tiers. Horizon Financial in Cairns won Finance Broking Business of the Year. The award for Mortgage Broking Business with 2-5 loan writers went to Great Aussie Dream in Glenmore Park NSW, while the Bernie Lewis of Mile End, SA, won for a mortgage broking business of six or more loan writers.
Mortgage managers also received a nod, with State Custodians Mortgage Company winning Mortgage Manager of the Year in the under-30 employees category, and Homeloans winning Mortgage Manager of the Year for businesses with more than 30 employees. Stargate Group rounded out the awards with its win for Support Services.
MFAA chief executive Phil Naylor said the awards highlighted individuals and businesses who had succeeded in a difficult year.
"The awards give national recognition to mortgage and finance professionals who display a high degree of professionalism, commitment to service, integrity, ethical conduct and innovation. Winners have also demonstrated a contribution to their local community. All of the winners and finalists have demonstrated these qualities in a year that presented a number of significant regulatory and market challenges to the mortgage and finance sector. All of the winners have excelled despite the challenges they faced during the year," he said.
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