Industry veterans and rising stars of the broking industry were honoured at the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) Industry Awards held during a glittering Gala Dinner at Movie World last week.

The inaugural Awards of Supremacy recognised the finance industry professionals who excelled during 2016 for being leaders in broking, mentoring, mortgages, motor and commercial asset finance.

FBAA Executive Director Peter White paid tribute to the winners saying their outstanding achievements play a big role in helping elevate the broking industry’s profile.

“The individual award recipients all made their mark during the year and were fully deserved of recognition in front of their peers and colleagues.”

George Samios from Brisbane-based MADD Loans picked up two awards – Queensland’s Finance Broker of the Year as well as the coveted FBAA National Finance Broker of the Year.

“The future of broking is in good hands when a young man under 30 can be as successful as George has been. MADD Loans has grown into one of the best broking businesses nationwide,” Mr White said.

The 28-year-old who began his broking career four years ago, said both awards were humbling, adding that age is no barrier to success if you keep your focus on the customer.

“That’s the difference a young person has. You have energy, confidence, determination, and a will to satisfy the client. All you need are good mentors which the FBAA has in abundance among its members,” Mr Samios said.

Steve Andrews from First Choice Finance Group was awarded Mentor of the Year while a special award for the Business Development Manager (BDM) was won by Suncorp’s Dino Pacella, who the FBAA’s external award judges singled out for attention for his unrelenting work in launching the industry-first National Finance Brokers Day.

“Dino’s vision and commitment to providing a nationwide voice for brokers was unshakeable and he was a deserved recipient of the prestigious BDM Award,” Mr White said.

Full list of winners:

Qld/ NT Finance Broker of the Year – George Samios, Madd Loans.

NSW Finance Broker of the Year – Vishal Gupta, Unique Finance Services Pty Ltd.

Vic/Tas Finance Broker of the Year – Kristy Dunphy, Up Loans.

SA Finance Broker of the Year – Lynton McLean, Assured Home Loans

WA Finance Broker of the Year – Linda Lai, Imperial Finance WA

Motor Finance Broker of the Year – Tony Carter, Brokerage WA

Plant & Equipment Finance Broker of the Year – Peter Lovick, SMA Finance Launceston.

Mentor of the Year – Steve Andrews, First Choice Finance Group.

Commercial Property Finance Broker of the Year – Jayden Vecchio, Red & Co. Finance.

Business Development Manager of the Year – Dino Pacella, Suncorp Bank.

FBAA National Finance Broker of the Year – George Samios, Madd Loans.