Advanced Leadership Program for Female Leaders

During the past 12 months, I was fortunate to be able to complete the Advanced Leadership Program run by Women & Leadership Australia. The program, specifically designed for female leaders was developed to equip women for leadership roles in business and address the significant gender leadership imbalance that exists in Australia. It was a rewarding [...]

Commercial Finance Broker of the Year 2020 – Greg Pierlot

The 500 Group was delighted to learn this week that, Greg Pierlot was selected as the Commercial Finance Broker of the Year in the 2020 Australian Mortgage Awards. This is fantastic recognition for someone is always looking for ways to improve the experience we provide to our clients. Greg was excited and humbled to win [...]

MFAA Excellence Awards 2020 – Equipment Finance Broker

We are delighted to announce our team member, Sharon Piening has been selected as the Victorian Equipment Finance Broker of the year for 2020 as part of the MFAA Excellence Awards. This is richly deserved recognition for someone who is exceptionally client focused The MFAA Excellence Awards are given to Finance Brokers who "display exceptional [...]

ANZ Commercial Broker of the Year 2019 Business Banking

The 500 Group are delighted that two of our Directors, Eamonn Keogh & Greg Pierlot were awarded the ANZ Commercial Broker of the Year 2019 Business Banking! The award is fantastic recognition for the outcomes they have been able to achieve for their clients in a challenging operating environment. Successful Outcomes Require a Partnership! For [...]

Sharon Piening joins the CAFBA Board

I was delighted and honoured last week to be invited to join the board of CAFBA, (the Commercial and Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia). CAFBA is the peak professional body that represents Commercial and Asset Finance Brokers across Australia. What does CAFBA do? As the peak body CAFBA: Works with government and regulators on [...]

Finalist Australian Broking Awards 2019 – Customer Service!

The 500 Group is delighted to announce we have been named as a Finalist in the Australian Broking Awards 2019 for Customer Service. The Australian Broking Awards are aimed at recognising excellence among the industries top brokers across the country. The Awards are run in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank and are the most sought-after [...]

St Mary’s House of Welcome

The team from The 500 Group were delighted to spend time at St Mary’s House of Welcome this week cooking and serving meals for the community they serve. St Mary’s House of Welcome was established by the Daughters of Charity to assist the disadvantaged in our community by providing meals and a safe place. St [...]

The Banking Royal Commission

It is now 6 weeks since the Banking Royal Commission Report was delivered to the Government. With all the emotion, media and public interest in the Commission findings, we decided to let the dust settle before providing our views. In the days and weeks following the announcement, the discussion was all about Brokers! Not the [...]

Five Myths about Finance Broker Commissions

There has been a lot of speculation flowing from the Banking Royal Commission about Finance Broker commissions and in particular whether trail commission should continue to be paid. However, this misunderstands the role of a Finance Broker and what they bring to the table for their clients and indeed, the Banks! Finance Broker Myth No. [...]

Banking Royal Commission – Beware unintended consequences!

The past year for the finance industry has been one of massive change and turbulence, being driven by the revelations of the Banking Royal Commission and other Enquiries. Banks and Brokers alike have been rightly exposed to searing criticism. At its core has been self-interest! Putting sales and profit ahead of the interests of the [...]