Victoria’s Bunmi Ajayi has been named the 2015 NIBA Broker of the Year at the NIBA Convention award ceremony this morning, along with fellow Victorian YP Luke Chrzanowski taking out the Warren Tickle Memorial Award.
Ajayi, Managing Director of Megalines Insurance & Risk Advisers, surpassed Clive Higgins (Arthur J Gallagher, WA), Anna Sayers (AMS Insurance Brokers, Qld), Andrew Benda (City Rural Insurance Brokers, SA) and Brian Salisbury (Austbrokers SPT, NSW) to take the prestigious title.
Sponsored by Zurich Australia, the award gives Ajayi an all-expenses-paid professional development trip to the US, valued at around $20,000.
Ajayi spoke with IRP leading up to the award and said that for success within the industry, all a broker needs is dedication.
“What really gives me a kick is adding value to others, be it my clients, my staff, vendors, strategic partners or any of the stakeholders in the insurance chain,” Ajayi says.
“Being able to turn my clients’ pain points to pleasure points through a proactive approach and dexterity of claims handling gives me more satisfaction than money can buy.”
Warren Tickle Memorial Award victor Luke Chrzanowski, from Tresidder Insurance Group, triumphed over Bronte Neville (Queenscorp Insurance Services, Qld), Alex Conlon (BJS Insurance Brokers, SA), Luke Pratt (Willis, WA) and Amanda Blackburn (JLT, NSW).
The Vero-sponsored award provides an all-expenses paid business development and travel experience to London valued in the region of $10,000.
Suncorp Commercial Insurance National Manager Broker Distribution Sam Sanfilippo was a judge of the award and comments on the high quality of the finalists this year.
“If the quality of those who entered for the awards is any indication, the future of the industry is in good hands,” Sanfilippo says.
“Vero has sponsored the Warren Tickle Memorial Award for the past 25 years as Vero recognises the importance of nurturing, developing and supporting the young talent that enters our unique industry.”
“They are simply our future and everything we can do to support and enhance their development is vital,” he adds.