Adviser award winners announced

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A ceremony in Melbourne last night was an opportunity for Australian advisers to celebrate some of the best among you, when the annual Hillross Awards Program winners were announced.
The 2013 Hillross Adviser of the Year was awarded to Sydney adviser Ian Smith. This award recognises someone who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and excellence through client service, advice delivery and implementation.
Newly appointed Hillross managing director and AMP financial planning head Michael Guggenheimer said the judging panel was impressed with Smith’s professionalism, clear client value proposition and unwavering focus on his clients.
The Hillross New Adviser of the Year went to Ryan Turner of RJJO Financial Services in Perth.
Turner, a graduate of AMP’s Horizons Academy, established his practice in 2011 and has had ongoing success building a solid business and creating strong links with the community, Guggenheimer said.
“Ryan’s very clear financial advice philosophy, which is that if you do the right thing by people and make a difference in their lives the financial side of things will take care of itself, was a winner for the judging panel.
“It’s remarkable that in less than three years of practice he has been able to build up a dedicated client base and he attributes this approach as one of the key reasons for his success.”
Hillross Albury, led by principal Tony Smith and director Wayne Moriarty, won Advisory Firm of the Year, for demonstrating high standards of professionalism, profitability and advice.
“Their involvement in the local community, deep commitment to the ongoing education and development of their staff and feedback from clients has shown what a great advice experience they deliver,” Guggenheimer said.
The awards program is open to open to advisers with a Certified Financial Planner qualification and advisory firms across the Hillross network. 
Client opinion is an important part of the overall assessment for each of the awards, with clients surveyed by independent researchers.
The winners are determined by an expert panel of industry representatives, including Financial Planning Association CEO Mark Rantall and AMP chief customer officer Paul Sainsbury.
Hillross is a wealth management company with over 360 advisers working in 149 firms across Australia.