Revealing the AMA excellence awardees

by Antony Field24 Aug 2021

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Australian Mortgage Awards 2021 will reveal the mortgage finance industry’s best of the best in October. But first we announce this year’s finalists, or excellence awardees, in the running for the awards.

How excited are you for the Australian Mortgage Awards 2021? After the year we’ve all had, we need something to look forward to – and the biggest night on the Australian mortgage industry’s calendar, brought to you in association with event sponsor Westpac, seems like the perfect way to unwind and leave those troubles behind.

Now, in anticipation of the event, scheduled for The Star Sydney on 15 October, Australian Broker and Mortgage Professional Australia are proud to present the excellence awardees (finalists) in the line-up for this year’s Australian Mortgage Awards.

For more information on the AMAs, go to:

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

  • 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
  •  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