Outstanding brokers recognised at industry awards

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Outstanding brokers recognised at industry awards
The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 NIBA broker and industry awards at the NIBA Convention Center in Sydney.

Brett Piggot of Willis Temby Insurance Brokers in Western Australia scooped the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Broker of the Year, while Adam Ware of BJS Insurance Brokers in Gippsland Victoria won the Warren Tickle Award for Young Professional Broker of the Year. CGU, meanwhile, was crowned General Insurer of the Year for 2017.

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Jason Clarke, executive general manager of intermediary distribution at QBE, said the company, which sponsored the Stephen Ball Memorial Award, is looking forward to helping Piggot achieve his professional goals through the $20,000 travel and education prize.

“On behalf of QBE, I’d like to congratulate Brett Piggott of Willis Temby Insurance Brokers on winning the 2017 Broker of the Year award,” Clarke said. “He has clearly demonstrated exceedingly high levels of commitment to clients and provides solutions from both Australian and international markets.”

Sam Sanfilippo, head of international intermediaries at Vero, said the insurer, which sponsored the Warren Tickle Award, is proud to support the future leaders of the broking profession.

 “All of this year’s impressive finalists demonstrated the best qualities of the industry: the commitment to professional development, and a dedication to high standards and excellence,” Sanfilippo said. “The judges faced an extremely difficult decision to choose the ultimate winner. We hope Adam has a productive and enjoyable trip to London.”

NIBA CEO Dallas Booth congratulated Piggot and Ware on their win, as well as all the “exceptional” finalists who “set a benchmark for the rest of the profession.”

“It's a great pleasure to be awarding the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year to Brett, who has set very high standards for his broking business, for his commitment to his clients, his community, and his staff,” Booth said. “As always, it's a challenge for the judges to pick a winner as all the finalists are great examples of excellence in insurance broking. Adam has already established himself as a very fine young insurance broking professional, who strives for the best and seeks to achieve high levels of support for his clients. He is a deserving recipient of the Young Broker of the Year award.”

CGU won general insurer of the year for the third year running, after getting chosen by nearly 1,000 brokers in the annual NIBA survey.

“The award recognises the strong efforts CGU have put in to servicing and supporting brokers and their clients in the past year,” Booth said.

“I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude to brokers who participated in the 2017 survey and voted for CGU. Our business is built on strong partnerships and we place great value on your continued support,” said Ben Bessell, IAG EGM business distribution and group executive. “Winning this award for the third year in a row is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment by our people to deliver outstanding industry products and service.”

Also recognised at the industry awards was Jeff Murdoch, director of Emjay Insurance Brokers, who won the Lex McKeown trophy for 2017.

NIBA president Tim Wedlock said Murdoch deserved the recognition for he embodies what the trophy stands for – professionalism, integrity, and generosity.

“Jeff is known by many in the industry for his client focus and professionalism,” Wedlock said. “He is truly a trusted adviser to all his clients. He is passionate about the insurance broking profession and is extremely generous with this time. Jeff has been a strong supporter of the NIBA mentoring program ever since its inception. He has been a mentor to many young professionals, guiding them with their professional and personal goals and creating opportunities for them.” 


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