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“AFA names Rising Star finalists” October 3, 2012

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Meike was featured today, 3/10/2012, in the Financial Standard in an article covering the finalists of the AFA Rising Star Award 2012.

“The Association of Financial Advisers has named the five finalists in the 2012 Rising Star of the Year Award.

The Award is particularly about finding, showcasing and celebrating talent in advisers who are at the start of their careers and who have made a valuable contribution to their community and industry.

The 2012 finalists include Angus Gallagher at Knightcorp Life Insurance & Wealth Management, Cameron Forbes at Forbes Financial Planning, Matt Hale at Financial Design for Life Meike Suggars at Suggars & Associates and Scott Mitton at RI Advice.

Richard Klipin, chief executive of the Association of Financial Advisers said the Award continues to uncover great talent across Australia…”

Meike Rising Star in Financial Std

Financial Standard, 3 October 2012

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“Financial advisers attack FSC, insurers, over commission clawbacks” August 13, 2012

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Meike was quoted today, 13/08/2012, in Wealth Professional in an article about churn and commissions.

The financial planning community has come out in force to slam the FSC’s “ridiculous” plans to claw back life insurance commissions for policies that lapse within three years.

The FSC’s latest proposed anti-churning measures have opened up a can of worms amongst Australia’s financial planning community, many of whom are despairing at the potential financial punishment that they could face simply for doing their job properly…

…Commenting on Synchron director Don Trapnell’s suggestion that – should the FSC proposition to have a three-year responsibility period be universally adopted – Synchron will consider making a formal complaint to the ACCC for anti-competitive behaviour, Meike – Suggars & Associates, said the following:

“I’d support the complaint to ACCC. How are we meant to run a viable business if we can’t bank on income until 3 years after the work was done? That’s completely unrealistic and certainly does not work in the best interest of the client. They’ll be sent off to ‘direct insurers’ who are purely transactional and don’t offer the ongoing service that often results in a policy upgrade. Without this ongoing service, the client is likely to be left with a policy that no longer protects their circumstances the way it should…”

Meike Suggars on commission clawbacks

Wealth Professional, 13 August 2012

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“Life after brand management: Meike Suggars” September 20, 2010

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Meike was featured today, 20/09/2010, in Marketing Magazine in a profile article on ex-marketing professionals.

“In this careers feature, Liz, Foster asks the question, with the number of corporate marketing roles shrinking as you climb the ladder, where do all the brand managers go?

Who?
Meike Suggars, financial/insurance adviser at Suggars & Associates.

When and where did you work in marketing?
I started in a sales role for (then) IT/infrastructure company, Bwired, and graduated to product manager. When I moved to London in 2003 I was marketing assistant for a webhost, and was quickly promoted to UK marketing manager when my boss resigned a month after employing me. My most satisfying marketing role was my last, at steel trade publication, Steel Business Briefing.

Highest marketing level reached?
Global head of marketing…”

Meike Suggars profile in Marketing Magazine

Marketing Magazine, 20 September 2010

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