National Excellence Awards Recognises La Trobe Financial’s Michelle Bannister as Australia’s Best BDM

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MELBOURNE, Australia - March 3, 2014 - PRLog -- The Best in the Business – Industry National Excellence Awards recognises La Trobe Financial’s Michelle Bannister in two consecutive years as Australia’s Best BDM.

The Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) Excellence Awards were held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on Friday, 28 February. The MFAA represents 9,500 mortgage brokers. The awards recognise Australia’s outstanding performers in the $1.4 trillion Australian mortgage market, and over 500 attended the black tie event.

BDM of the Year 2014 went to Michelle Bannister, Senior Business Development Manager at La Trobe Financial. Michelle has worked at La Trobe Financial for 18 years, is a mother of two, daughter Remy nearly 3 years old and Billy nearly 1 year old. She is also a multiple nominee and winner of both La Trobe Financial’s Hall of Fame award (2002) and Business Development Manager of the Year award (2011) as well as last year’s winner of the 2013 MFAA Excellence Awards for BDM of the Year.

La Trobe Financial’s President & CEO Mr Greg O’Neill commented “Michelle’s hard work, dedication and passionate character is what makes her standout as Australia’s best BDM. Her ‘can do attitude’ combined with a genuine desire to help her brokers, is what makes her a leader and great ambassador for the industry.”

“We are delighted with Michelle’s two consecutive wins and cannot speak highly enough of Michelle. She is just a remarkable individual who somehow manages to go the extra mile on everything she does in both her professional and personal life. Our business is incredibly fortunate to retain her talents and this win is justification for all the effort she has put in,” stated her Divisional Head and La Trobe Financial’s Chief bzcrd Investment Officer Paul Wells.

In her acceptance speech Bannister remarked... “I am really humbled to be recognised by my industry peers in this way for doing what I enjoy job. I am very passionate about working with every one of you in this incredible and dynamic industry and to continue to have the opportunity to improve my professionalism and achieve high standards. After 18 years I still enjoy working with brokers directly and also it allows me to coach and mentor new entrants into the market. This is a benefit to the industry and all of our customers. These professional relationships are built on trust, reliability and delivering exceptional service and La Trobe Financial is able to deliver that in spades... thank you for this great honour.”

On the very same night – on an international platform and by coincidence La Trobe Financial won two consecutive International Alternative Investment Review Awards (IAIR) for Excellence in Mortgage Fund Management – special category Australia. The Award was presented in Hong Kong at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

Also over the past 5 years, La Trobe Financial’s Pooled Mortgages Option has been judged Australia’s “Best Mortgage Fund” by the respected finance journal, Money magazine. No other fund manager or mortgage fund has ever received five consecutive awards of this kind – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

La Trobe Financial currently operates with 125 staff and offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai – China.

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