The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has announced the finalists for the Western Australian (WA) Broker of the Year and Young Professional Broker of the Year awards for 2021.
The Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by QBE, goes to an individual broker deemed a role model for the broking community.
For this year’s award, NIBA named Jeff Booth of GSK Insurance Brokers, Sarsha Neal of Marsh, and Sumit Sopori of Imperium Insurance & Financial Solutions as WA finalists.
NIBA chief executive officer Dallas Booth congratulated the finalists, saying: “We are delighted to recognise Jeff, Sarsha, and Sumit, who have all demonstrated exemplary professionalism and excellence in broking practice.”
Elliot Hill, the general manager for sales & relationship management at QBE Insurance, added: “On behalf of QBE, I’d like to congratulate Jeff, Sarsha, and Sumit 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.
“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.”
The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.
This year’s finalists include Luke Cameron of Albany District Insurance Brokers, Joel Middleton of Knightcorp Insurance Brokers, and Robbie Gibbs of Risk Guidance Insurance.
Andrew Walker, the state distribution manager for WA at Vero, commented: “Vero is a firm believer in nurturing the next generation of broking leaders, and our finalists represent the best of the broking profession.”
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 Luke, Joel, and Robbie for their outstanding contribution to the broking profession.”
NIBA will announce the winners of the WA Broker of the Year and Young Professional Broker of the Year awards during the NIBA Western Australian Gala Lunch on July 09 at Crown Perth.
The regional winners of the Broker of the Year Award will compete for the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year, awarded at the 2021 NIBA Convention.
Meanwhile, the regional winners of the Young Professional Broker of the Year Award will join Vero’s Young Brokers Alumni Program and compete for the national Warren Tickle Memorial Award for Young Professional Insurance Broker of the Year, also awarded at the 2021 NIBA Convention.