SYDNEY: 10 August 2018 – The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and Asteron Life (Asteron) have announced five finalists in the 2018 AFA Excellence in Education Award (the Award), four of whom hail from Queensland.

The finalists are:

State Name Practice Title
Queensland Felicity Cooper Cooper Wealth Management Director
Queensland Caleb Dozzi dozzi Financial Advice Financial Adviser
Tasmania Michael Fox Main Street Financial Solutions Private Client Adviser
Queensland Dean Loosmore Lio Adviser Centre Financial Planner
Queensland Helen Russo Encompass Wealth – Financial Life Planning Financial Planner

AFA CEO, Philip Kewin said, “Education is vital to a thriving financial advice profession and these finalists are clearly committed to an ongoing investment in their own education, so that they can continue to deliver great advice to their clients. We commend them all on their efforts.”

The 2018 Excellence in Education Award Winner will be announced at this year’s AFA National Adviser Conference on the Gold Coast 10-12 October, and will receive an education scholarship for study with Kaplan to the value of $25,000.

Asteron Life Executive Manager Daniel Waller said, “We’re very proud to be a long standing supporter of the AFA Excellence in Education Award. This Award encourages and recognises advisers who pursue further education that they apply to their businesses for the overall betterment of the advice provided to their clients. We congratulate the five finalists for their outstanding contribution to strengthening our industry.”

Finalists of the Award are chosen for their commitment to professional development through continuing education and making a difference within the marketplace and their local community through the practical application of their knowledge and expertise.

Candidates are judged on the quality of their written nomination. Judges then conduct phone interviews with shortlisted candidates. Judges placed a weighting across the four criteria areas – 60% on education and 40% on their practice, industry and community combined.

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