The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has revealed the NSW/ACT region Young Professional Broker of the Year finalists:
Craig Anderson of Austbrokers ABS
Diego Calefato of MBA Insurance Services Pty Ltd
Peter Gould of AIIB Pty Ltd
Arthur Hatzinikolis of Austbrokers SPT
Laura Makary of Insure Pty Ltd
Irish Peters of Aon Risk Solutions
Michael Pham of Nsure
The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.
Yusuf Alexander, State Manager for NSW/ACT, 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 Brokers of the Year.”
NIBA CEO Dallas Booth congratulated the NSW/ ACT region finalists, adding: “We received a significant number of nominations this year, all of which were of an extremely high calibre. We’re thrilled to acknowledge Craig, Diego, Peter, Arthur, Laura, Irish and Michael for their outstanding contribution to the broking industry.”
Anderson believes that to be nominated by the people you work with every day is about as big of a compliment that you could receive: “The process so far has been genuinely rewarding and being named as a finalist by a panel of industry leaders is certainly a real career highlight.”
Calefato considers it both an honour and a privilege to be named a finalist: “It was never a sole effort that brought me here but a combined effort with my team, who have supported me every step of the way. This nomination affirms for me that the long hours, hard work and dedication to this industry is really worthwhile.”
Gould is honoured to be nominated for the award, especially given the high quality of the candidates: “The award provides young brokers with a great opportunity to make a positive difference to our industry, to be considered for it and to have your hard work recognised by your peers is humbling.”
Hatzinikolis says: “It is a great honour to be recognised as a finalist for my contributions to the broking community and commitment to clients. I am most grateful to be among professionals who have a strong work ethic and strive to positively impact our industry.”
Makary’s unexpected nomination means a lot to her: “I am tremendously honoured to be one of the finalists, that is a recognition of a hard-continuous work which I’m so proud of in a very challenging industry. It is a great achievement for my team at Insure Pty Ltd and for my group at United Insurance.”
Peters says: “It is an honour to make it as a NSW’s finalist for the Young Professional Broker of the year award. The overall nomination and reaching this far, is an achievement as the award is recognised by colleagues and peers within the broking industry.”
Pham feels blessed for making it through to the finalist stage of the NSW/ACT awards: “I am grateful for this opportunity to showcase to the wider community, the insurance industry’s career offering, and make a real positive impact.”
The NSW/ACT region winners will be announced at the NIBA NSW Gala Lunch on July 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney. Registrations are now open.
The state winners will go on to compete for the Warren Tickle Memorial Award for Young Professional Broker of the Year, which is awarded at the 2018 NIBA Convention in Hobart, Tasmania – visit nibaconvention.com.au for more information.