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30 October, 2021

Tablelands broker announced best in Australia

FOUR years after starting his own mortgage broking business Mareeba-born local John Contarino has been awarded the highest attainable award by a broker in his industry.

By Rhys Thomas

John Contarino has been awarded the highest attainable award by a broker in his industry.

John started his business, Mobile Finance Broker, after nearly 40 years of experience in the finance field, from a range of different banks across the far north. 

After years of service to members from the Tablelands, far north and wider John was named as the Broker of the Year regional Gold winner – the highest accolade a mortgage broker can attain.

The award is based on a range of different criteria from volume and lending numbers to customer service and covers the businesses performance. 

There were eight finalists across Australia, all of which serviced bigger areas with a bigger cliental than the Tablelands. 

“To compete in that matrix is truly hard for someone from a truly rural regional area such as the Atherton Tablelands,” John said.

“They also ask for professional and cliental testimonials, testimonials from people within the industry as well. 

“There are a lot of testimonials from within the industry, the client base and from the professional base as well as staff feedback.”

John was nominated for the award from five separate industry related bodies and after receiving the award was flooded with calls from across the country congratulating him including bank CEOs. 

“It’s a very big achievement but I could never have done it without my staff , they care about the business and our clients as much as I do. They are a really good support team and I couldn’t have done it without them,” he said.

Two years after starting his business John was informed that the failure rate for startup brokers in Australia was way over 80 percent. 

Now John employs the equivalent of four full time staff and in some cases he employs more staff than some banks. 

John credits his dedication and focus to his clients as one of the key factors in his business’s success, and to him being named Broker of the Year. 

“I’ve always put the customer first and only done what is best for my clients,” he said

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