NIBA names winners of WA broker awards

The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has revealed the WA region winners of two awards, which recognise excellence in the insurance broking profession.

Kim Gilbert of Zenith Insurance Services claimed the Broker of the Year Award, while Marcus Pallotta of Marsh Risk Consulting claimed the Young Professional Broker of the Year Award. The two WA winners will now go on to compete nationally.

NIBA CEO Dallas Booth congratulated the winners of the WA awards, adding: “We wish Kim and Marcus the best of luck in the national awards, and we congratulate all the finalists who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and competence in the broking industry.”

“We had a significant number of applications this year and the finalists represent the cream of the crop.”

The Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by QBE, goes to an individual broker who is deemed an inspirational role model for the broking community and has demonstrated excellence in broking practice and client advocacy.

QBE Regional Manager for Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia, Peter McLachlan, said QBE is proud to work with NIBA in recognising and celebrating the commitment and professionalism of intermediaries in the industry, through the Stephen Ball Memorial Award.

“This year’s entries are of an incredibly high calibre. Congratulations to all regional winners and finalists across Australia and particularly those in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia. QBE supports the development of our broker partners as we work together to deliver great customer outcomes.”

The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.

Andrew Walker, State Manager WA, Vero said: “We are proud to support the next generation of industry leading insurance brokers through our longstanding association with NIBA’s Young Professionals and the Warren Tickle Memorial Award.”

The national Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Broker of the Year and Warren Tickle Memorial Award for Young Professional Broker of the Year will be chosen from five region winners and announced at NIBA’s national Convention in Hobart on Tuesday 4 September.

2018 WA Awards

Broker of the Year

Winner: Kim Gilbert of Zenith Insurance Services

Finalist: Neil Watson of Gibbscorp

Young Professional Broker of the Year

Winner: Marcus Pallotta of Marsh Risk Consulting

Finalists: Candice Pratt of Centrewest, Tanushree Arora-Sopori of Imperium Insurance & Financial Solutions and Jonathan Ross of Aviso WA Insurance Brokers