Financial advisers recognised through the 2013 Hillross Awards Program

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Michael Guggenheimer

Michael Guggenheimer

Advisers from Sydney, Perth and Albury have scooped the pool in the annual 2013 Hillross Awards Program, taking out the Hillross Adviser of the Year, New Adviser of the Year and Hillross Advisory Firm of the Year categories at a ceremony in Melbourne last night.

The 2013 Hillross Awards Program is open to advisers and advisory firms across the Hillross network. Newly appointed Managing Director Hillross and AMP Financial Planning Michael Guggenheimer said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge the high levels of professionalism, client service and the delivery of quality advice.

“Professionalism, ongoing quality financial advice and a strong focus on the client are the most important attributes for an adviser and these awards recognise some outstanding examples of this,” Mr Guggenheimer said.

Hillross Adviser of the Year

The 2013 Hillross Adviser of the Year has been awarded to Sydney adviser Ian Smith.

Mr Guggenheimer said: “The judging panel were very impressed with Ian’s professionalism, his clear client value proposition and his unwavering focus on delivering what his clients want. These traits have made Ian a very deserving winner.”

The Adviser of the Year recognises a CFP adviser who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and excellence through client service, advice delivery and implementation.

Hillross New Adviser of the Year

Ryan Turner of RJJO Financial Services in Perth has taken out New Adviser of the Year, a relatively new category first awarded in 2012.

Mr Turner, a graduate of AMP’s Horizons Academy, established his practice in 2011 and has had ongoing success building a solid business and creating strong links with the community.

“Ryan’s very clear financial advice philosophy, which is that if you do the right thing by people and make a difference in their lives the financial side of things will take care of itself, was a winner for the judging panel.

“It’s remarkable that in less than three years of practice he has been able to build up a dedicated client base and he attributes this approach as one of the key reasons for his success,” Mr Guggenheimer said.

Hillross Advisory Firm of the Year

Hillross Albury has won Advisory Firm of the Year, for demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism, profitability and advice.

“In looking at the finalists for Advisory Firm of the Year, the judges found Hillross Albury is a practice of like-minded individuals bursting with a great energy and commitment to delivering the best client experience possible.

“Their involvement in the local community, deep commitment to the ongoing education and development of their staff and feedback from clients has shown what a great advice experience they deliver,” Mr Guggenheimer said.

Hillross Albury is led by Practice Principal Tony Smith and Director Wayne Moriarty.

The 2013 Hillross Awards Program was open to financial advisers with a Certified Financial Planner qualification and advisory firms across the Hillross network.

Clients are surveyed by an independent research specialist and client advocacy is an important part of the overall assessment for each of the awards.

The winners are determined by an expert panel of industry representatives, including Mark Rantall, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and AMP’s Chief Customer Officer Paul Sainsbury.

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