August 04, 2011
A well-known local franchise owner for Australia's largest independently-owned mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, has just received one of the highest industry honours for 2011 - an 'Excellence in Franchising' award for her personal and professional achievements.
Belinda Sugars from Mortgage Choice in Myrtle Bank, South Australia, won the Franchise Council of Australia's South Australian Franchise Woman of the Year award for her positive influence on other women, leadership, business achievements and contribution to franchising and her community.
She is now headed for the national awards on 11 October along with Victorian Mortgage Choice franchisee Anthony Smith (who is in the 2011 Franchisee of the Year (2 or more staff) category).
Mortgage Choice spokesperson Kristy Sheppard said, "Belinda's award is wonderful recognition for her dedication to the franchising and mortgage broking industries and her community. She is an inspiration to so many in our nationwide network - female and male - for passionately following her dreams and exceeding expectations."
Belinda commented, "It's fantastic to have my efforts praised by the franchising industry and peers. It's an honour to think I may be inspiring other women to pursue their professional goals."
"Being acknowledged for my business acumen, leadership and community involvement is the ultimate accolade. This recognition will help me to grow my profile and involvement in women's networking events within the state - something I'm truly looking forward to.
"All of this wouldn't be possible without the support of my customers and my passionate team. I thank them for their encouragement and patience.
"My attention is now on trying to win the national award and bringing attention to the success of women in the franchising industry."