October 17, 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 - a lifetime achievement award for her ongoing professional triumphs and outstanding contribution to the mortgage industry.
Wendy Higgins from Mortgage Choice in Glenelg, South Australia, accepted the Golden Morgie for Lifetime Achievement in the Mortgage Industry award in front of an admiring crowd of lenders, brokers and other industry representatives at the 2011 Australian Mortgage Awards held on Friday evening.
Wendy has built a successful franchise over 13 years and strong relationships within the Glenelg community and surrounding areas, where she sponsors numerous clubs and associations. During this time she and her team of nine have won a plethora of esteemed Mortgage Choice and industry awards and professional milestones including reaching a $1 billion home loan book built from organic growth.
Of her achievement Wendy said, "I am so happy to have reached this level of accomplishment. Anyone close to me knows my life hasn't been free from up and downs, but I've always remained true to my role: helping people achieve their property dreams. This award is recognition of the hard work and sacrifices I and my staff have made to make our business a success."
"Special thanks must go to my husband Dean and daughter Sara, who continue to support me each and every day. I also must thank my amazing team because without them I would not have got through the years with a smile and the sense of triumph I feel today.
"And, of course, thanks go to the staff at Mortgage Choice, a company that has grown from strength to strength and provided me with resources and a brand on which to base my success."
Mortgage Choice CEO Michael Russell said, "Wendy's lifelong commitment to the lending landscape has seen her experience many professional and personal achievements. This award is fantastic recognition of the esteem she is held in."
"She is an asset to our industry. Rarely have I met someone so willing to share their own life lessons - positive and negative - with her staff, other franchise owners and her peers. In doing so she continues to inspire many of us to set our benchmarks higher and higher."
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