Two Senior Risk Advisors from accountancy and advisory firm William Buck have received honours in financial services.
Karyn Hilton, Head of the Risk Insurance division in Adelaide was named Life Insurance Executive of the Year, receiving the national financial services award in Sydney on 20 November.
Colleague Sam Kitchen, a Senior Financial Adviser with William Buck Sydney was also awarded recently, taking out the Association of Financial Adviser’s (AFA) 2013 Excellence in Education Award in the New South Wales category.
“I was up against some tough competition and it is wonderful to be acknowledged in this way,” Karyn said. “Having worked for over a decade as a registered nurse before joining William Buck, I have a genuine first-hand understanding of the practical and emotional issues surrounding risk insurance.
“I know all too well the impact of sickness, injury and death on a family – medically and financially,” she said.
The inaugural Money Management Women in Financial Services Award acknowledges women whose achievements are inspiring and groundbreaking and is a celebration of their dedication to their profession. Nominees are required to submit an application that demonstrates practical knowledge in their chosen field, including a list of recent achievements and testimonials from clients, peers and industry state managers.
Karyn’s Sydney colleague and fellow award winner, Sam, commented on her success.
“Karyn has remarkable empathy for people involved in the claims process,” he said. “I was impressed with the written endorsements from highly satisfied clients who were extolling her virtues as a compassionate and caring person and also her willingness to see the job completed to high standards.
“She is also a great mentor for other female advisors, helping them develop their planning and risk insurance skills.”
Karyn’s passion for her work extends outside of William Buck through the contribution of articles to professional journals and media and her presentations at client seminars. She is also a member of several insurance advisory boards and President of the Adelaide Hills Kiwanis Club.
These individual accolades add to what has been a very successful year for William Buck in the financial services industry. The wealth advisory division recently received the prestigious ‘Licensee Select NSW Practice of the Year’ award.
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