The broking industry faced several challenges this year, but with the end of 2017 fast approaching, it’s time to reflect on the achievements of our team and re-charge ready for a successful 2018.
Earlier this month, we celebrated the year with our brokers and AFG state office staff in several locations across QLD and NT:
- Rockhampton Leagues Club
- Harrop Park Country Club
- Tom’s Tavern
- Alex Surf Club
- The Charming Squire
- Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star Casino
Looking back on our staff movements over the year, we welcomed a new face to the AFG team. Danni Porter commenced in February 2017 as our AFG Home Loans Business Relationship Manager, joining Adam Barker to complete our AFG HL team.
In November, Bob Whetton, National Commercial Manager retired after spending the past 16 years with AFG. His knowledge of commercial finance and strong relationship with our brokers and lenders were both strong attributes and keys to building the successful commercial aggregation business.
Developments from AFG
AFG continuously strive to be recognised as Australia’s premier financial solutions partner. As such, several initiatives have been introduced this year to assist our brokers in growing their business. A referral program was launched with Lifebroker, which allows brokers to introduce clients to a life insurance comparison service. AFG entered a relationship with CoreLogic, providing brokers with discounted rates to RP Data Professional, allowing them to extend their services to include property reports to better service their clients.
After a year of development, AFG launched AFG Business – a game-changing platform allowing brokers who primarily write in the residential space to diversify into commercial broking. We’ve seen great interest in the platform and look forward to seeing brokers grow their business within the commercial lending space.
Looking back at some key events and achievements throughout the year, special mention goes to the winners of our QLD, NT and Nth NSW State Awards held in August this year.
We’re looking forward to assisting our members in 2018 with some exciting new technology, with the launch of the AFG Suite. The features will make life for our brokers a lot easier and a lot more intuitive, with some very clever technology to bring their key data under one roof – optimising management like never before.
From everyone within the QLD state team, we wish you a safe holiday season and a successful 2018.