Aon, Western Australia Young Professional Broker of the Year
THE MOST ENJOYABLE ASPECT OF BEING A BROKER is being a part of what my clients do and how their work impacts and shapes the country.
THE MOST SATISFYING MOMENT OF MY CAREER SO FAR was definitely being chosen as the WA representative for the Warren Tickle Memorial Award. It was an honour to be selected among a range of highly talented Young Professionals, both past and present.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED is “be honest with yourself and those around you”. That is something that has resonated with me my entire career.
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY FOR A BROKER is to be trusted by your client. Good brokers only succeed when their clients place their trust in them to work as a partner to their business, not just an advisor.
IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, I want to work overseas and be able to take what I have learned and apply that to new situations. In turn, to be able to bring back alternative ways of thought and broking home as well.
Gibbscorp, New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory Young Professional Broker of the Year
THE MOST ENJOYABLE ASPECT OF BEING A BROKER is being in a position to assist and provide risk and insurance advice to individuals and businesses.
THE MOST SATISFYING MOMENT OF MY CAREER SO FAR has been having the opportunity to set up and run my own practice in my home town of Newcastle. Despite being extremely challenging, this has allowed me to have a great work and lifestyle balance for my young family.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED is “if you are not investing and pushing your staff to be promoted you will never be promoted or progress”. I look forward to applying this advice in my own practice.
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY FOR A BROKER is integrity. Being honest and having strong moral principles extends to both our clients and our insurers. These relationships and how they are managed set the foundations for a long and successful career.
IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, I would like to grow and expand my business, and as a trusted and respected broker.
Insurance Advisernet Australia, South Australia/ Northern Territory Young Professional Broker of the Year
THE MOST ENJOYABLE ASPECT OF BEING A BROKER is knowing that I have helped my client. I enjoy not only meeting their business needs but also gaining their trust and forming friendships along the way.
THE MOST SATISFYING MOMENT OF MY CAREER SO FAR is being nominated for the NIBA Young Professional Broker of the Year Award 2014 and to then go on to win the award for South Australia. It’s an honour to know that my achievements to date in working in a career that I love had been recognised.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED is “to be myself”.
I like to treat people the way I like to be treated. I always try to put myself in the position of others and consider how I would feel. I find being myself works best both in business and personally.
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY FOR A BROKER is to have an ability to communicate in all facets. Whether you have good or bad news, you have to be able to speak with your clients openly and feel comfortable in doing so, as this then reflects back to you. Communication with our insurers is also paramount.
IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, I want to to keep growing within myself. I love what I do and I learn something every day. I have great role models to look upon and learn.
I continue to seek more education from our industry as it is always changing. I think we need to go with the trends that will continue to exceed what we are currently used to. I would love one day to have a greater responsibility within my company as I endeavour to secure many more achievements.
Sear Insurance Brokers, Victoria/ Tasmania Young Professional Broker of the Year
THE MOST ENJOYABLE ASPECT OF BEING A BROKER is being able to build strong, trusting relationships with clients and getting to know their respective industries. The strength of client relationships so often hinges on the result of a major claim and is a position I have been put in several times in my career so far. A positive claims result is something that all brokers are always proud of when major losses arise.
THE MOST SATISFYING MOMENT OF MY CAREER SO FAR was when we received binding instructions on a large multinational account that I had been negotiating for over six months, and another is the final settlement for total loss fire claim back in 2012. Although these are stand-out moments, satisfaction can come from even the smallest of situations, such as giving clients advice you know could potentially help them in the future.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED is that “the devil is in the detail”. One of the first lessons [Sear Director] Andrew Sear taught me was to learn and unequivocally understand the basic principles of insurance and, from there, build a very strong base of technical knowledge.
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY FOR A BROKER is, without a shadow of a doubt, professionalism. With so much scrutiny and negative media coverage on the lack of professionalism within the banking, finance and inadvertently (and unfairly so) the insurance industry with recent events, it is ever so important to ensure that as a broker you are demonstrating the utmost level of professionalism, with the client’s best interests always the absolute number one priority over everything else.