The annual Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) Awards are now open for submissions, with FPA CEO Mark Rantall flagging the need for a positive note.
In a statement, Mr Rantall said the awards have come at a good time, given recent events within the industry.
“As a profession, we have been under intense scrutiny in the last 12 months and now, more than ever, we need to be celebrating the best of the industry,” Mr Rantall said.
“We often hear stories of planners going above and beyond for their clients and the FPA Awards are a great way to recognise their hard work and acknowledge the positive impact that financial advice can have,” he said.
Previous CFP Professional FPA Award winner James Kenny said winning the award has helped to promote, differentiate and add greater credibility to his service.
“In an evolving profession, the FPA awards provide an invaluable opportunity to promote our profession and the value of great advice for consumers,” Mr Kenny said.
“Although the prize that I received as a category winner was noteworthy, it really paled in comparison to the significant boost in business that I’ve experienced, largely due to the publicity and media opportunities that followed,” he said.
“I would encourage all financial planners that provide high quality, professional advice to their clients to enter the 2014 Awards,” Mr Kenny added.
All members of the FPA are eligible to enter the awards, which will comprise three categories: FPA Certified Financial Planner Professional of the Year Award; FPA Financial AFP of the Year Award; and Future2 Community Service Award.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 September.
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