MFAA South Australia, Northern Territory Excellence Award winners announced

State awards presented before prestigious national ceremony

MFAA South Australia, Northern Territory Excellence Award winners announced


By Ryan Johnson

The winners of the 2023 MFAA State Excellence Awards for South Australia and the Northern Territory were announced last night during a ceremony held at Adelaide Oval.

The final of five state award ceremonies held in June, the 18 winners will be finalists in their respective categories at the National MFAA Excellence Awards ceremony on Thursday, July 27.

MFAA CEO Anja Pannek said the awards recognised those members who had excelled in areas including customer service, professionalism, ethics, growth, and innovation.

“It’s been wonderful to celebrate our members’ achievements across the country at each of our State Excellence Awards, and the ceremony here in Adelaide has been no exception,” said Pannek.

“Our members deliver outstanding outcomes for Australians every day which is evident from the quality and number of nominations we received this year, and the recognition of all finalists and winners is well deserved.”

Among the winners was Matthew Ford (pictured above left) from Finestream Capital, who won the Commercial & Equipment Finance Broker Award, and Protego Finance’s Ben Gregory (pictured above centre), who was honoured with the Residential Finance Broker Award.

Belinda Sugars (pictured above right) from Mortgage Choice Parkside won the Community Champion Award, while ubank won the Fintech Lender Award.

Last week the MFAA hosted the Victoria and Tasmania Awards in Melbourne, while the Perth, NSW/ACT, and Queensland awards were held earlier this month.

The MFAA said the awards, audited by accounting firm Hall Chadwick, were judged on excellence and professionalism across all areas of the business.

The industry body also thanked the event’s sponsors, including Key Media’s Australian Broker and MPA, ANZ, BOQ, Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Helia, La Trobe Financial, Macquarie Bank, ME Bank, Mortgage Choice, National Australia Bank (NAB), Prospa, QBE and Teachers Mutual Bank Limited.

Here are the 2023 South Australia/Northern Territory MFAA State Excellence Awards winners:

  • Business Development Manager Award – Aggregator: Peter Colman, Aussie
  • Business Development Manager Award – Lender/Support Service Provider: Sarah Chisholm, Beyond Bank
  • Commercial & Equipment Finance Broker Award: Matthew Ford, Finestream Capital
  • Community Champion Award: Belinda Sugars, Mortgage Choice Parkside
  • Customer Service Award – Business: Rise High Financial Solutions
  • Customer Service Award – Individual: Lee Barron, Fox Financial Solutions
  • Diversified Business Award: Mayfair Finance Australia
  • Finance Broker Business Award: Rise High Financial Solutions
  • Fintech Lender Award: ubank
  • Loan Administrator Award: Dominic Jones, Victory Commercial Finance
  • Major Lender Award: Macquarie Bank
  • Mutual/Credit Union Lender Award: Beyond Bank
  • Newcomer Award: Steven Toome, Port Lincoln Home Loans
  • Non-Major Lender Award: Adelaide Bank
  • Regional Finance Broker Award: Aaron Vogt, Preferred Finance
  • Residential Finance Broker Award: Ben Gregory, Protego Finance
  • Specialty Lender Award: Pepper Money
  • Young Professional Award: Mathew Denton, Rise High Financial Solutions

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