Ben Budge, one of the founding partners of Brisbane’s My Wealth Solutions, took out the 2014 AFA Rising Star of the Year award after impressing the judges with his innovative use of technology to engage and educate clients.
A year on, Ben said winning the award has had a significant impact on himself and his business.
“For me personally, winning the award gave me a lot of confidence. I was only new to the industry so it told me that I knew what I was talking about,” Ben said.
“From a business perspective, it gave us belief that the philosophies and processes we put in place were the right ones.”
Over the last year, My Wealth Solutions has doubled its number of clients and opened up a branch in Ben’s home town of Townsville. Ben said much of the new business has come from referrals, both from existing clients and referral partners.
We’ve had a lot of approaches from referral partnerships since we won the award, and we’ve gained some really good referral partnerships out of it.
Ben said the business’ goal for the next year is consolidating their growth while ensuring they’re maintaining their focus on existing clients.
“Our clients were proud of us when we won the award – I think it gave them comfort that what we’re doing is right up there in terms of quality. Now we want to reaffirm our value and make sure we’re keeping our clients happy.”