Celebrating the finest in the industry

by AB05 Oct 2021

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Australian Mortgage Awards, recognising the best brokers, brokerages, aggregators, banks and non-banks across the nation. On 15 October, at 5:30 pm, the awards will be revealed.

Half the country may be in lockdown due to the pandemic, but that won’t stop the mortgage industry coming together to celebrate the Australian Mortgage Awards 2021.

Hundreds of entries have been received for the 28 categories, and the judges have announced the 215 excellence awardees (finalists) who will be vying to win the most prestigious and coveted awards in the industry.

There are 15 categories dedicated to brokers and brokerages, along with awards for aggregators, banks and non-banks, business development managers and fintechs. There are also awards for best industry service and best industry marketing campaign.

The individual broker and brokerage winners chosen on the night will also be in the running to win the national titles of Westpac Australian Broker of the Year and Liberty Australian Brokerage of the Year.

 While COVID means the Australian Mortgage Awards will again be a virtual event, excitement and anticipation is building for the industry’s biggest night of the year.

TV and radio presenter Erin Molan, who anchors NRL shows Friday Night Footy and the Sunday Footy Show on Channel 9, as well as the 2DayFM breakfast radio show with Hughesy and Ed, will host the awards presentation.

Molan, one of Australia’s first female rugby league broadcasters, is also a passionate supporter of many charities, including Bowel Cancer Australia and Tresillian.

The AMAs have again received the generous backing of leading industry companies, including event partner Westpac.

“This is the 12th year Westpac has proudly partnered with the Australian Mortgage Awards, and we’re delighted to continue our support and celebrate the outstanding industry achievements over the past 12 months,” says Westpac’s head of third party distribution, Warren Shaw.

“2021 has continued to test the resilience of Australians, and this is a key time to celebrate brokers’ important role in helping customers navigate the homebuying journey.

“After a challenging year, I encourage the industry to come together to celebrate excellence at this year’s AMAs.”

The 2021 Australian Mortgage Awards will take place virtually on Friday, 15 October, starting at 5:30 p.m.

It’s your opportunity to honour the best of the best and support the mortgage industry in what has been a tough year.

To watch an exclusive stream of the awards presentation, you just need to register for free at australianmortgageawards.com.au.

There will be opportunities to network and reconnect with your peers online through live chat and peer-matching functions.

Dress up and take a photo of yourself celebrating the awards in style. Share the snap using the tag #AusMortgageAwards and you will have the chance to win a $200 Westfi eld voucher.

Register for the AMAs 2021 at australianmortgageawards.com.au.

Here are the excellence awardees (finalists) in the running for the AMAs:

Broker Awards

La Trobe Financial Broker of the Year — Commercial

  • Adrian Lee, Catalyst Debt Capital
  • Barry Thatcher, Thatcher Finance 
  • Daniel Green, Green Finance Group
  • Ian Robinson, Robinson Sewell Partners
  • John Encina, Experity Capital
  • Josh Egan, Astute Melbourne City South and Gippsland
  • Kevin Wheatley, Bayside Commercial Mortgages
  • Melissa Ashcroft, AAA Mortgages

FBAA Broker of the Year — Independent

  • Abdulrasool (Russell) Munfaredi, Mortgage Pros
  • Anthony O’Flynn, IFA Mortgages and Finance
  • Chris Hill, Smartmove Professional Mortgage Advisors
  • Damien Roylance, Entourage
  • Jordan Beh, Insight Finance
  • Karen Bashford, South Coast Business and Financial Solutions
  • Kris Menon, KM Finance
  • Louisa Sanghera, Zippy Financial 
  • Mark Davis, The Australian Lending & Investment Centre
  • Stephen McClatchie, Loans Australia Pty Ltd

Pepper Money Broker of the Year — Specialist Lending

  • Ditte Westbury, Viking Mortgages Pty Ltd 
  • Jodie Wolfenden, Loan Market Gold Coast
  • Mark Davis, The Australian Lending & Investment Centre
  • Marwan Rahme, Kanebridge Capital
  • Matthew Punter, The Savings Centre
  • Mhairi MacLeod, Astute Ability Group
  • Thomas Morison, Smartmove Professional Mortgage Advisors
  • Will Hamer, Loan Market South Yarra

Equity-One Broker of the Year — Productivity

  • Ben Walker, BW Finance Solutions
  • Daniel O’Brien, PFS
  • Daniel Pym, Loan Market Double Bay
  • Jacob Decru, Loan Market – One Network Broking
  • James Chee, Ding Financial
  • Jenish Manandhar, Home Loan Experts
  • Josh Bartlett, Mortgage Advice Bureau
  • Michael (Xin) Jin, Mxj Finance Pty Ltd
  • Prakash Rai, Home Loan Experts
  • Xijing (Vivian) Wu, Ayers Financial Group

Broker of the Year — Regional

  • Fiona Erquiaga, Smooth Sailing Finance Consulting Pty Ltd
  • George Mihalopoulos, Connected Finance
  • Heath Williams, Loan Market Newcastle
  • Jason Cuerel, Mortgage Innovations
  • John Contarino, Mobile Finance Broker
  • Karen Bashford, South Coast Business and Financial Solutions
  • Mhairi McLeod, Astute Ability Group
  • Paddy O’Sullivan, Mortgage Choice Nowra

MFAA Young Gun of the Year (Franchise)

  • Alyssa Russo, Loan Market Mermaid Beach Qld
  • Luke Whitbread, Mortgage Choice Erina NSW
  • Ryan Pappas, Mortgage Choice Sydney NSW

Adelaide Bank Young Gun of the Year — Independent

  • Andrew Hadjidemetri, Australian Financial & Mortgage Solutions
  • Elodie Blamey, Clover Financial Solutions
  • Lalit Parmar, Smart Loans & Conveyancing
  • Luke Oxenham, Empower Wealth Mortgage Advisory
  • Manish Devnani, Deals Mortgage
  • Matt Spears, Evoke Capital
  • Pallavi Laroia, Excel Mortgages
  • Steven Korner, Glass Financial Group

Brokerage Awards

Resimac Brokerage of the Year — Diversification

  • Ayers Financial Group
  • Bayside Commercial Mortgages
  • Birdie Wealth
  • Empower Wealth
  • Experity Capital
  • Loans Australia
  • Momentum Wealth
  • Money Merchants
  • Successful Ways

Brokerage of the Year (1—5 staff)

  • Exceller8 Financial
  • IFA Mortgages and Finance
  • Loan Market Double Bay
  • Mortgage Choice Elsternwick
  • Numero Uno Finance
  • PFS Financial Services
  • Stoneturn Pty Ltd
  • Thatcher Finance
  • Zippy Financial

Brokerage of the Year (6—20 staff)

  • 1st Street Financial
  • Ayers Financial Group
  • Hejaz Financial Services
  • Mortgage Advice Bureau Melbourne
  • Mortgage Choice – Northern Beaches and Hornsby
  • Mortgage Choice Melbourne
  • Mortgage Pros
  • XIN Mortgage Pty Ltd

CBA Brokerage of the Year (>20 staff)

  • Astute Melbourne City South and Gippsland
  • Empower Wealth
  • Home Loan Experts
  • Loan Market – One Network Broking
  • Redrock Group
  • Shore Financial
  • Simplicity Loans and Advisory
  • Smartmove Professional Mortgage Advisors
  • The Australian Lending & Investment Centre

Brokerage of the Year — Regional

  • Astute Gippsland
  • Aussie Launceston
  • Carol King, Loan Market Buderim
  • Loan Market Geelong
  • Punters Savings Centre Group
  • South Coast Business and Financial Solutions
  • Sphere Finance
  • Wealthfolio Financial Services

NextGen.Net New Brokerage of the Year

  • Crew Financial
  • Ding Financial
  • Everlend
  • Excel Mortgages
  • FirstPath Financial Group
  • MoneyQuest Burwood
  • Ortus Financial Pty Ltd

BOQ Broker Best Customer Service from an Individual Office

  • Entourage
  • Loans Australia
  • Money Quest Penrith and Blue Mountains
  • Mortgage Choice Ormeau
  • No Fuss Home Loans
  • Premier Financial Advocates
  • Shore Financial
  • Smartmove Professional Mortgage Advisors
  • XIN Mortgage Pty Ltd
  • Zippy Financial

Most Effective Digital Strategy — Brokerage

  • Birdie Wealth
  • Carol King, Loan Market Buderim
  • Ding Financial
  • Entourage
  • Link Advance
  • Mortgage Choice Ormeau
  • Shore Financial
  • Zippy Financial

Industry Awards

Best Industry Marketing Campaign

  • 86 400
  • AFG
  • Bankwest
  • La Trobe Financial
  • Liberty Financial
  • Mortgage Choice
  • Pepper Money
  • Suncorp

Best Industry Service

  • Affordable Staff
  • Broker Essentials
  • iLOAD Loans
  • NextGen.Net
  • Nodifi
  • Sherlok
  • Social Broker
  • Wikibroker

Aggregator Awards

Prime Capital Aggregator of the Year (Up to 500 brokers)

Ondeck Aggregator of the Year (Over 500 brokers)

BDM Awards

Bankwest Best Aggregator BDM

  • Angela D’Angelo, Choice Aggregation
  • Greg Cooke, PLAN Australia
  • Hannah Carter, SFG
  • Heather Gallagher, outsource Financial
  • Kavish Kamal, Connective
  • Mark Lewis, FAST – Finance & Systems Technology
  • Noushig Megerditchian, Finsure
  • Patrick Clarkson, FAST
  • Patrick Moore, Loan Market
  • Tracey Najjar, Centrepoint Alliance Lending

Best Major Bank BDM

  • Blake Hauber, Westpac
  • Derani Gaustella, NAB
  • Heidi Hayward, Commonwealth Bank
  • Kevin Skafte, ANZ
  • Lesley Klaege, ANZ
  • Sam Tang, Westpac
  • Tracy Smith, Westpac

Best Non-Major Bank BDM

  • Adam Livas, MyState Bank
  • Ava Aso, Adelaide Bank
  • Aysun Portoglou, 86 400
  • Grant Roden, Bankwest
  • Jess Stevens, Adelaide Bank
  • Milenko Novakovic, ING
  • Nicholas Ganis, Macquarie Bank
  • Omar Moussa, St. George
  • Rick Cavanagh, Suncorp
  • Tes Anderson, Bankwest

Mortgage Choice Best Non-Bank BDM

  • Belinda Gray, Bluestone
  • Christopher Rayner, Firstmac
  • Glen Gillespie, Better Mortgage Management
  • Joel Harrison, Thinktank
  • Linette Laverdure, Moula
  • Lydia Li, Prime Capital
  • Matthew Hall, Liberty
  • Michelle Rose, La Trobe Financial
  • Samantha Kyriakidis, Pepper Money
  • Stacey Madejewski, La Trobe Financial

Lender Awards

MSA National Bank of the Year

  • 86 400
  • Bankwest
  • ING Bank
  • Macquarie
  • MyState Bank
  • St. George Banking Group
  • Westpac

Non-Bank of the Year

  • Better Choice Home Loans
  • Firstmac Limited
  • Heartland Reverse Mortgages
  • La Trobe Financial
  • Liberty
  • Pepper Money
  • Prime Capital
  • Resimac

Loan Services Team of the Year

Most Effective Digital Strategy — Lender

  • Bankwest
  • Firstmac Limited
  • Heartland Reverse Mortgages
  • Moula
  • Resimac
  • St. George Banking Group
  • Westpac

Fintech Lender of the Year

  • 86 400
  • Butn Ltd
  • MoneyPlace
  • Moula
  • OnDeck
  • Wisr

National Awards

Westpac Australian Broker of the Year

  • The finalists in this category are the winners of the individual broker awards, and the Broker of the Year will be announced at the AMAs on 15 October

Liberty Australian Brokerage of the Year 

  • The finalists in this category are the winners of the brokerage awards, and the Brokerage of the Year will be announced at the AMAs on 15 October