Thanking the 2023 Australian Mortgage Awards judges

Industry experts judged this year's awards

Thanking the 2023 Australian Mortgage Awards judges


By Ryan Johnson

While the Australian Mortgage Awards has been and gone for another year, the afterglow still remains for all 713 guests who attended the 2023 event.

The AMAs are the leading independent awards event in the mortgage industry and showcase the best and brightest in the business.

The winners for the highly anticipated event were selected by a panel of 24 esteemed industry experts.

One of the judges, Chris Paterson, general manager distribution at Resimac, said there was a “real buzz” about the AMAs this year.

“People were having a great time and were enjoying themselves from start to finish,” said Paterson (pictured above centre).   “All the finalists and winners have a clear passion and drive for success. They’re all hard-working individuals and businesses who are continuously striving to be better.”

Sharon Yardley (pictured above left), who judged the submissions for the LBH Best Industry Marketing Campaign award, also was impressed with the performance of the individual awardees and their dedication to their clients and ongoing innovation.

“The candidates all had excellent, integrated campaigns which showed a real focus on creativity and real investment in their community of brokers and customers which are supported,” said Yardley, head of operations, risk, and compliance at Heartland Finance.

Louisa Sanghera (pictured above right), managing director of brokerage Zippy Financial Group, said it was a “real privilege” to judge some of the categories.

“People need to realise the clout these awards give their businesses. Potential clients are always impressed when they see you’ve won awards,” Sanghera said.

“It's great for the industry to come together and celebrate our work, our methods, and our successes. Even if you don't enter the awards this year, you should look at what the winners are doing to be successful. We can all learn from them, even if we don't win an award.”

“It’s also a great chance to relax and let our hair down. We all need this as we are in a stressful industry so we need to get our dancing shoes on once in a blue moon.”

2023 Australian Mortgage Awards judges

Australian Broker would like to thank all the 2023 AMAs judges for generously contributing their time and expertise to study all the nominations and choose the winners”

  • Matthew Atkin, president, Commercial & Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia (CAFBA)
  • Cory Bannister, senior vice president, chief lending officer, La Trobe Financial     
  • Renee Blethyn, head of broker partnerships, NextGen    
  • Tim Brown, head of wholesale distribution, BC Invest     
  • Blake Buchanan, general manager, Specialist Finance Group
  • Graham Cooke, head of consumer research, Finder          
  • Ryan Gair, CEO, Rate Money     
  • Ali Khan, managing director APAC, Q2   
  • Frank Knez, CEO, National Property Group 
  • Domenic Lo Surdo, group executive chairman, Stamford Capital
  • Anja Pannek, CEO, Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA)
  • Chris Paterson, general manager distribution,  Resimac  
  • Ian Rakhit, general manager third party personal and third party banking, Bankwest
  • Lee Rudwick, performance lead - home loans, ANZ          
  • Tanya Sale, CEO, outsource Financial      
  • Steve Sampson, chief commercial officer, Prime Capital 
  • Louisa Sanghera, managing director, Zippy Financial Group          
  • Barry Saoud, general manager mortgages and commercial lending, Pepper Money              
  • Joseph Trimarchi, solicitor, Joseph Trimarchi & Associates            
  • Alf Vasta, business development manager, Liberty           
  • Peter White, managing director, Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA)
  • Sharon Yardley, head of operations, risk and compliance, Heartland Finance  
  • Angel Zhong, deputy head of department - finance|associate professor of finance, RMIT University
  • Jeff Zulman, managing director, TrailBlazers Finance       

Thanking the sponsors

While the judges made the awards happen, the Australian Mortgage Awards 2023 also would not have been possible without the support of sponsors.

Key Media organised the awards, with support from Australian Broker and Mortgage Professional Australia. Westpac was once again the event partner.

NAB and PRPTY 360 were premium partners, FINSTREET was the VIP post-awards event sponsor, and Fifo Capital was the photo booth sponsor. Maxiron Capital was the social media sponsor.

Other sponsors included Adelaide Bank, ANZ, Bankwest, Bluestone Home Loans, Commonwealth Bank, Equity-One, FBAA, Firstmac, Gateway Bank, Hays, La Trobe Financial, LBH, Liberty, MFAA, Mortgage Choice, Mortgage Street, OnDeck, Pepper Money, PropTrack, Q2, Rate Money, Resimac, and ubank.

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