The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has revealed the Queensland Award finalists for its two prestigious trophies. The 2019 Queensland Broker of the Year finalists are: Lisa Carter from Clear Insurance, Thomas Harrys from 2020 Insurance and Dean Brumby from Austcover. And the 2019 Queensland Young Professional Broker of the Year finalists are: Tyrone Shandiman – Insurance Advisernet, Taylor Burstow – Willis Towers Watson and Caitlin Carson – JLT.
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. Head of Sales and Relationship Management for Queensland, Commercial Lines at QBE, Craig Mauger, said, “Our broker partners are vital to our success at QBE, which is why we’re so proud to partner with NIBA to recognise the best brokers in the business at a state level and nationally via the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year.
“On behalf of QBE, I’d like to congratulate this year’s NIBA Queensland Broker of the Year award finalists, there’s no shortage of talented brokers across Queensland, so being named a finalist is a truly outstanding achievement.”
The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35. Peter Roberts, State Manager Queensland, Vero said: “We are a firm believer in nurturing the next generation of broking leaders, which is why we will continue to support the NIBA Young Professional Broker of the Year Award.”
NIBA CEO Dallas Booth congratulated the six finalists for Queensland, adding: “We are delighted to recognise the Queensland finalists who have all demonstrated excellence in broking practice.”
Carter said it is an honour to be recognised professionally, “Queensland has such wonderful broking talent and to be named as a finalist means a great deal to me. This nomination allows me to personally help promote insurance as a great industry to pursue a highly rewarding career.”
Harrys was humbled to be selected for the award, “I love what I do and with a broad range of clients each day brings something new and exciting to look forward too. This is not something I was ever expecting, and to be nominated after 32 years as a broker this gives me the satisfaction I must be doing something right.”
Brumby said, “I am certainly appreciate the recognition that comes with being nominated. In a testing and hard market it’s comforting to know all the hard work and effort is worth it.”
Shandiman said it is wonderful to be acknowledged in this manner, “Professionally, being nominated for this award is definitely a career achievement that I can add to my credentials.”
Burstow said he felt privileged to have the opportunity to represent the profession as a state finalist for such a prestigious award, “Irrespective of the outcome, I believe we will have a strong role model representing our community whom will highlight the positive impact of the insurance broking industry, which is an exciting prospect.”
Carson never expected anyone to think of nominating her, but her clients thought she deserved the recognition. She said: “The award centres around core values that I have strived to build my career and professional reputation upon, so the recognition from my peers and NIBA is invaluable to that reputation and my profile in the Queensland market.”
The Queensland winners will be announced at the NIBA Queensland Gala Lunch on July 17 at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. The state winners will go on to compete for the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year and the Warren Tickle Memorial Award which will be announced at the 2019 NIBA Convention on the Gold Coast. Register now to take advantage of the Super Early Bird rates for this unmissable event.