AFA and Asteron Life announce Michael Ward winner of 2017 AFA Excellence in Education Award


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AFA and Asteron Life announce Michael Ward winner of

2017 AFA Excellence in Education Award


GOLD COAST: 12 October, 2017 – The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and Asteron Life (Asteron) have announced Michael Ward of Maxim Private Wealth as the winner of the 2017 AFA Excellence in Education Award (the Award).


The calibre of the finalists was so high this year, that a Highly Commended Award was also presented to Helen Russo from Encompass Wealth – Financial Life Planning.

Winners of the Award, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, are chosen for their commitment to professional development which is judged on four criteria – formal education (50%), practical application of that education (30%), contribution to the profession through education (10%) and contribution to their community through education (10%).

Nick Hakes, General Manager Member Services, Partnerships & Campus AFA, said Michael Ward excelled across all the judging criteria.

“Michael is at the forefront of a new frontier in adviser education. He has not only invested in formal education and succeeded academically, but has also invested in and succeeded in developing the high level client focus and coaching self-development skills that clients value so highly.”

Asteron Life Executive Manager, Daniel Waller said, “For 10 years Asteron Life has proudly supported this Award. We’re delighted to recognise Michael for his energy and commitment to ongoing education which will raise the quality of his advice, inspire his peers and help strengthen the profile of the advice profession. I would also like to highly commend Helen Russo for her significant achievements in furthering her education.”


Michael Ward receives a $25,000 education scholarship from Kaplan Professional.

Helen Russo, receives a $10,000 scholarship from Kaplan Professional.

The Awards were presented at the AFA National Adviser Conference on the Gold Coast this morning.

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