NIBA’s top brokers named

Victoria’s John Mutton was named the 2014 NIBA Broker of the Year at NIBA Convention this morning, while Queensland YP Adele May took home the Warren Tickle Memorial Award.

Mutton, from InterRISK, edged out Greg Rynenberg (East West, Qld), Rick Post (Centrewest, WA), Tony Bourke (AIIB, NSW), and Tony De Conno (De Conno & Blanco, SA) to claim the award.

As part of his prize, Mutton wins an all-expenses-paid business development and travel experience to the US, courtesy of Zurich Australia, valued at around $20,000.

Speaking to IRP before winning the award, Mutton said the most important quality for a broker to have was integrity.

“You need to be able to look at your client with a straight face and when you’re dealing with the insurance market, you need to make sure it’s their interest you’re representing, not your own.”

Warren Tickle Memorial Award winner Adele May, from Willis, claimed the prize ahead of Shane Brady (Sear, Vic), Adam Hines (Gibbscorp, NSW), Cassandra Pearce (IAA, SA) and Cameron Dee (Aon, WA).

The Vero-sponsored award provides an all-expenses paid business development and travel experience to London valued in the region of $10,000.

The awards were two of six trophies handed out at the event, with the Lex McKeown Trophy for lifetime achievement going to Terry Lane, of Midland Insurance Brokers in Carlton, Victoria.

Lane, aged 72, has attended all but one of the 32 annual NIBA Conventions and in a career stretching back to the late 1950s. He was a founding Director of NIBA when it formed in 1982 and played an integral role in the creation of NIBA College 10 years later.

Queensland broker Brendan Zanoni of OAMPS was named as the NIBA College Student of the Year Award ahead of Samantha Forkas (Willis, Victoria) and Rebecca Haines (Strathearn Insurance Brokers, NSW). Zanoni, based in Aitkenvale, near Townsville in North Queensland, claimed a $1000 prize and a place on award sponsor QBE’s acclaimed eQuip program.

Meanwhile, Donald Keast, of Oxley Insurance Brokers in Kempsey, NSW, was presented his award as the inaugural NIBA College Trainee of the Year Award, also sponsored by QBE.

NIBA CEO Dallas Booth congratulated all the winners and finalists: “Congratulations to all our winners and finalists. The standards of excellence shown across the board in all our awards is indicative of the high standards of professionalism and knowledge present in the broking profession across Australia.”