NIBA’s 2015 Broker of the Year Bunmi Ajayi is back from his two-week prize trip to the USA, and has hailed the experience as a “career highlight”.
Ajayi, the Founder and CEO of Megalines Insurance and Risk Advisers in Melbourne, part of the Westcourt AR network, earned an all-expenses-paid trip Stateside courtesy of award sponsor Zurich.
Travelling with his wife, Temi, Ajayi enjoyed business class travel, attendance at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf event on the PGA Tour and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and access to exclusive business leadership seminars laid on by the insurer for some of their most high-profile global clients.
It was without a doubt the highlight of my professional career so far and I couldn’t thank NIBA and Zurich enough for putting it on.
As well as seeing Aussie Jason Day in action at the Zurich Classic, Ajayi was also able to enjoy performances from one of his greatest heroes, Stevie Wonder, and Snoop Dogg, among others, at the Jazz Festival.
Yet according to Ajayi, those weren’t even the trip’s best moments.
Each year the winner of the award is provided the opportunity to participate in community work, and Ajayi took the opportunity to help out victims whose houses still hadn’t been properly rebuilt since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
“More than 10 years on I would have hoped that whole place would have been rebuilt, but you still find a fair bit of devastation,” Ajayi told Broker Buzz. “It was good to be a part in a small way of rebuilding somebody else’s life.”
Another bonus for Ajayi were the business insight seminars he attended, which included some of the world’s most renowned speakers, from Silicon Valley thought leaders to General Colin Powell.
“He’s a man with tremendous wealth of experience, versatility and presence and he shared his unique perspective on geopolitical dynamics and the upcoming US election,” Ajayi added.
On top of all this, Ajayi met with other insurance professionals from around the world as well as some of the big players at Zurich – including Mike Foley, CEO North America Commercial and Regional Chairman North America.
“It was without a doubt the highlight of my professional career so far and I couldn’t thank NIBA and Zurich enough for putting it on,” Ajayi said.
The winner of the 2016 NIBA Broker of the Year Award, this year sponsored by QBE and renamed the Stephen Ball Memorial Award, will be announced at September’s NIBA Convention. And Ajayi said it’s an award that all brokers should aspire to.
“The NIBA Awards to me is the grand slam of the broking industry,” said Ajayi. “It couldn’t be better. If you have the opportunity to put in for it please don’t hesitate, because it puts you on another level that will change your story, like it has mine.”
You can view Bunmi Ajayi’s fantastic award acceptance speech from the 2015 NIBA Convention below