At its annual gala lunch, NIBA has announced the NSW/ACT regional winners of two awards which recognise excellence in the insurance broking profession.
James Dunk of Dunk Insurance claimed the Broker of the Year Award; while Stephen Allan of GSA claimed the Young Professional Broker of the Year Award. The two now go on to contest national awards, to be announced in September.
NIBA CEO Dallas Booth said: “We wish James and Stephen 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.”
“It’s interesting to note that James is the son of 2016’s NSW/ACT Broker of the Year John Dunk – it must run in the family.”
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, who has demonstrated excellence in broking practice and client advocacy.
QBE Regional Manager for NSW/ACT Christine Bell said: “QBE is incredibly proud to be supporting the Stephen Ball Memorial Award and working with NIBA to recognise and celebrate the commitment and professionalism of intermediaries in our industry.
The broker of the year finalists were: Ron Tomsic and Michael Whyte, both from Marsh.
Bell said, “Again this year, the calibre of entries demonstrates the continual development and professionalism of our broker partners and we’re delighted to work with them to deliver great outcomes for our customers. Congratulations to James as the NSW/ACT Broker of the Year winner, his passion for his customers and the wider Dunk Insurance business clearly shone through the judging process.”
The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.
Vero State Manager NSW/ACT Yusuf Alexander said: “Stephen has already demonstrated he is true leader. In addition to his professional commitments, he has shown a strong commitment to ongoing professional development, coaching his peers, and serving the community.
“Vero is proud to support the next generation of insurance brokers and its longstanding association with NIBA’s Young Professionals and the Warren Tickle Memorial Award.”
The young broker of the year finalists were: Tim Richmond from Oxley Insurance Brokers and James Harmer from JLT.
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 regional winners of each award and announced at NIBA’s National Convention in Sydney on Monday 11 September.