The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has revealed the finalists for its South Australian/Northern Territory (SA/NT) Broker of the Year Award for 2021.
The Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by insurance giant QBE, goes to an individual broker deemed a role model in the broking community.
This year, NIBA has chosen Kate Edgar of CBD Insurance Services and Karen Skinner of Skinner & Irvine Insurance as Broker of the Year finalists.
“On behalf of QBE, I’d like to congratulate Kate and Karen as this year’s Broker of the Year Award state finalists – with so many exceptional brokers across the region, earning a place as a finalist is a remarkable achievement, particularly in our current environment,” said Elliot Hill, the general manager for sales and relationship management at QBE Insurance.
“Our talented broker partners are key to our success at QBE, which is why we’re so proud to partner with NIBA in recognising the best in the business at a regional and national level.”
NIBA chief executive officer Dallas Booth added: “We are delighted to recognise Kate and Karen, who have both demonstrated exemplary professionalism and excellence in broking practice.”
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NIBA has also announced this year’s finalists for the SA/NT Young Professional Broker of the Year: Nikia Goers of Webber Insurance Services, Patrick McCole of Aon, and Jasmine Miller of PSC Insurance Brokers.
The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.
Booth added: “We received a significant number of nominations this year, all of which were of an extremely high calibre. We’re thrilled to acknowledge Nikia, Patrick, and Jasmine for their outstanding contribution to the broking profession.”
NIBA will announce the winners of the SA/NT Broker of the Year and Young Professional Broker of the Year awards during the NIBA South Australian Gala Lunch on July 23 at Adelaide Convention Centre.
The Broker of the Year region winners will compete for the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year, awarded at the 2021 NIBA Convention.
Meanwhile, the Young Professional Broker of the Year region winners will join Vero’s prestigious Young Brokers Alumni Program and compete for the national Warren Tickle Memorial Award for Young Professional Insurance Broker of the Year, awarded at the 2021 NIBA Convention.
However, NIBA reminded the industry to take note of the changes in its July events amid new outbreaks of COVID-19 across Australia. It is constantly assessing the COVID-19 situation on a case-by-case basis for all events.
“We are committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our members, supporters, and stakeholders and to ensure the overall viability of the events,” Booth said.
“NIBA is listening and taking account of government health directions, event restrictions, and all relevant guidelines in all decision-making surrounding these events.”
NIBA will release more information on these events “as soon as things become clear.”