The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has announced five finalists for its annual Rising Star of the Year Award, with the winner to be announced at the AFA National Conference on the Gold Coast on 28 October.
According to AFA the award, which is sponsored by OnePath and has been running since 2005, "recognises the best new advisers who provide quality, holistic advice; demonstrate a commitment to education and make a valuable contribution to their industry and to their community".
AFA chief executive Richard Klipin said the commitment and capability of this year's finalists demonstrated that the future of the profession was in good hands.
"The award is about finding, showcasing and celebrating talent in advisers who are at the start of their careers. This has been a collaborative effort from the start and we thank OnePath for sharing the passion, the vision and the commitment to fostering talent," Klipin said.
This finalists are Angus Gallagher from Knightcorp Life Insurance & Wealth Management in Western Australia, Cameron Forbes from Forbes Financial Planning in Victoria, Matt Hale from Financial Design for Life in Victoria, Meike Suggars from Suggars & Associates in Victoria and Scott Mitton from RI Advice in Victoria.
The judging panel includes Klipin, two prior award winners, Terry Bell from Business Health and two representatives from OnePath.