The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has announced the Victorian/Tasmanian regional winners of two awards, which recognise excellence in the insurance broking profession.
The QBE-sponsored Broker of the Year Award went to Avi Tatarka of Scott Winton Insurance Brokers, while the Vero-sponsored Young Professional Broker of the Year Award was nabbed by Nick Daffy of PNOinsurance. The two winners will now go on to compete nationally.
Danny Ravenhill, QBE’s head of sales and relationship management for Vic/Tas commercial lines, congratulated Tatarka for winning the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year.
“There is an abundance of talented brokers across our region so being named a finalist and a winner is a truly outstanding achievement,” Ravenhill said. “Avi has, despite a reasonable measure of adversity, clearly demonstrated an admirable commitment to professional excellence, client advocacy, customer service, and the development of not only himself but his team and the broking community.”
Megan Lewis, Vero’s state manager for Vic/Tas, meanwhile, lauded the Warren Tickle Memorial Award winner, Daffy, for demonstrating true leadership in the broking profession.
“In addition to his professional commitments, he has shown a strong commitment to ongoing professional development, mentoring his peers, and serving the community,” Lewis said.
“We wish Avi and Nick 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,” NIBA CEO Dallas Booth said. “We had a significant number of applications this year and the finalists represent the cream of the crop.”
The national Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance 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 on the Gold Coast on October 14.