MFAA honours excellence in Adelaide

Yesterday’s state awards celebrated industry standouts across a wide array of categories

MFAA honours excellence in Adelaide


By Madison Utley

Last night, the second leg of the state MFAA Excellence Awards for South Australia and the Northern Territory took place in Adelaide, where brokers, BDMs, lenders and aggregators were recognised for their outstanding performance.

The 18 categories aim to recognise exceptional customer service, innovation and ethics.

The May 9 winners from South Australia and the Northern Territory were:

  1. Business Development Manager Award – Aggregator – Debbie Ettridge (AFG)
  2. Business Development Manager Award – Lender/Support Service Provider – Erin Manhood (Prospa)
  3. Commercial Finance Broker Award – Greg Samuel (Samuel Finance)
  4. Community Champion Award – Robert Shearwood (Mortgage Choice – Adelaide Hills and Mortgage Choice – Mitcham/Happy Valley)
  5. Customer Service Award – Business – Rise High Financial Solutions
  6. Customer Service Award – Individual – Thuy Nguyen (Rise High Financial Solutions)
  7. Diversified Business Award – Money Merchants Financial Services
  8. Equipment Finance Broker Award – Matthew Ford (Finestream Capital)
  9. Finance Broker Business Award – Rise High Financial Solutions
  10. Fintech Lender Award – Prospa
  11. Loan Administrator Award – Kamal Aeri (Smartline)
  12. Major Lender Award – NAB
  13. Mutual/Specialty Lender Award – Pepper Money
  14. Newcomer Award – Stephen Warner (Finance Partners)
  15. Non-Major Lender Award – Bankwest
  16. Regional Finance Broker – Michelle Lewis (Easy Loans)
  17. Residential Finance Broker Award – James Schulze (Rise High Financial Solutions)
  18. Young Professional Award – Marissa Schulze (Rise High Financial Solutions)

Notable repeat victors from the NSW awards on 2 May are non-major lender Bankwest, specialty lender Pepper Money, and fintech lender Prospa.

“After a year of challenges for our industry, it is phenomenal to be able to shine a light on the positive influence of our members and the terrific work they do,” said MFAA CEO Mike Felton.

The awards occurred in conjunction with another installation of MFAA’s current roadshow called, ‘New Era. New Thinking,” which is encouraging the industry to step boldly forward into the post royal commission era.

There are three remaining events in Perth on May 16, Brisbane on May 30, and Melbourne on June 6.  

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