Rural Broker named AMA Broker of the Year

Wagga Wagga-based broker beats Sydney-based brokers with a broad commercial and specialist lending offering.

Ian Robinson, of Robinson Sewell Partners, has been named Westpac Australian Broker of the Year at the Australian Mortgage Awards.

Broker of the Year is the top award of the night, and finalists are drawn from the winners of subsidiary awards. Robinson beat Sydney-based Simon Orbell and Daniel O’Brien, the winners of the independent broker and productivity awards.

Robinson also achieved the rare feat of winning two awards in a row, taking home the trophies for Pepper Money Broker of the Year – Specialist Lending and ANZ Broker of the Year – Commercial.

Over 600 attended the AMAs, which took place on Friday at the Star Sydney.

What Robinson Sewell does differently

AMA Broker of the Year has in recent years gone to Sydney and Melbourne based brokers with high residential volumes, frequently Top 100 Brokers.

Robinson Sewell Partners is quite a different operation. Based in Wagga Wagga, Robinson and co-founded Brad Sewell cater to farmers and small businesses across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australian and the Northern Territory.

Banks’ poor treatment of farmers has been a continual issue in recent years, culminating in a report by the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell in February….

….The brokerage is currently looking for ‘corporate partners’ to utilise their experience and systems….

Big wins for the big cities

Friday’s awards nevertheless saw several winners from Australia’s largest cities.

NAB Australian Brokerage of the Year was won by 1st Street Financial, based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, whilst Melbourne-based The Australian Lending & Investment Centre was named ME Brokerage of the Year (>20 staff).

One of the biggest winners of the night was Sydney-based brokerage Smartmove, whose brokers took home both the FBAA Independent Broker award and the award for ING Young Gun of the Year (Independent).

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