The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA), which will be holding its 2020 convention virtually from October 26 to 30, has released the list of regional finalists for the QBE-sponsored Broker of the Year award.
For New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the regional finalists are Aon’s Mary-Catherine Thomas and Austbrokers ABS Strata’s Connie Yang. In Queensland, the finalists are Lana Mawer (Austcover), Jennifer Steger (Trade Risk), and Robert Cooper (CPR Insurance Services).
Meanwhile Max Cuzzocrea of Maxton Insurance Brokers and Robert Fraser of Gallagher Alice Springs are battling it out in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Over in Victoria/Tasmania, the finalists are from IMC Insurance Brokers (James Skiadas), Stewart Insurance (Michael Stewart), and Adroit Insurance & Risk (Steven Coltman).
Contenders in Western Australia are Michael Davis, Shelley Hymas, and Brian Martinovich. They represent Westside Insurance Specialists, Phoenix Insurance Brokers, and MBA Insurance Services, respectively.
“On behalf of QBE, I’d like to congratulate this year’s Broker of the Year Award state/territory finalists – there’s no shortage of talented brokers across the region, so earning a place as a finalist, among so many high-calibre entrants, is a truly impressive accomplishment, especially in this current environment,” commented QBE’s Jason Clarke, chief customer officer for commercial lines.
“Our broker partners are key to our success at QBE, which is why we’re so proud to partner with NIBA to recognise the best in the business at a regional and national level.”
One winner per region – NSW/ACT, QLD, SA/NT, VIC/TAS, and WA – will be announced every Wednesday starting September 02. The regional winners will then compete for the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year, which will be presented at the 2020 NIBA Virtual Convention.
“We are delighted to recognise brokers who demonstrate exemplary professionalism and excellence in broking practice, particularly during these challenging and uncertain times,” said NIBA chief executive Dallas Booth.