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AFA and Asteron Life announce winner of 2016 AFA Excellence in Education Award

CANBERRA: 6 October, 2016 – The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and Asteron Life (Asteron) have announced Steve Nielsen of Ascent Wealth Management as the winner of the 2016 AFA Excellence in Education Award (the Award).

Winners of the Award, which celebrates its ninth annivesary 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%).

AFA General Manager, Member Services, Partnerships & Campus AFA, Nick Hakes, said Mr Nielsen excelled across all four criteria.

“It is clear that Steve has invested, over a long period of time, in a wide range of education programs that demonstrably enhance the quality of advice he delivers to his clients He has thought outside the square in terms of education, embracing not only traditional academic study but also practical business knowledge and emotional intelligence. Steve is an outstanding example of the way in which forward-thinking advisers are rising to meet the challenges facing the advice profession head on.”

Asteron Life Head of Intermediaries, Mark Vilo said, “Asteron Life is pleased to continue to support this Award which recognizes those advisers who are going the extra mile in terms of education. We congratulate Steve on being named the 2016 AFA Excellence in Education winner.”

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