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Who We Are

Granite Belt Insurance Brokers have been servicing the Granite Belt for more than 25 years. We have access to a wide range of insurers, allowing us to meet your insurance requirements, from the mainstream known insurance companies to the boutique insurance companies that specialise in specific cover. There is rarely an insurance situation we cannot help with.

Caron Hopkins

Caron’s journey with Granite Belt Insurance Brokers commenced in November 2014, marking the beginning of her impactful tenure with the company.

With a distinguished career as an Insurance Broker, Caron has garnered accolades at both state and national levels, culminating in her recent crowning as the People’s Choice at the Advisr Insurance Broker Awards in 2019.

Having relocated to Stanthorpe in 2012 to embrace a tranquil lifestyle for her family, Caron brings to the table a wealth of financial expertise. Prior to joining GBIB, she spent 12 years with NAB in Victoria, followed by stints at Mortgage Manager/Broker companies in Brisbane.

Caron’s qualifications equip her to offer comprehensive quotes and insurance coverage, ensuring clients receive tailored solutions to suit their needs.

Her passion for her role at Granite Belt Insurance Brokers shines through as she endeavours to create memorable experiences for every customer interaction, embodying the ethos of exceptional service.

Qualifications

  • QPIB Qualified Practising Insurance Broker NIBA
  • Diploma of Insurance Broking
  • Diploma in Financial Services (Mortgage Broking)
  • ANZIIF Tier 1 General Insurance Broking
  • ANZIIF Tier 2 General and Personal Insurance Advice

Trisha McNeil

Trisha’s journey with Granite Belt Insurance Brokers commenced in 2023, following her relocation to the Stanthorpe area in 2020. With a rich professional background, Trisha brings a wealth of experience in Life Insurance and Workers’ Compensation to her role.

Her career trajectory has seen her assume diverse positions such as Claims Technical Specialist, Capability and Development Coach, and Senior Claims Manager, reflecting her expertise in various facets of the insurance industry. Trisha’s skill set encompasses Quality Assurance, Best Practice Case Management, IT Systems Development, Staff Training, and Company Systems Process Mapping. She has also spearheaded pilot programs like Holistic Case Management, underscoring her innovative approach to problem-solving.

At Granite Belt Insurance Brokers, Trisha wears multiple hats, managing all Claims while also overseeing Quality Assurance Administration. Her part-time schedule on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays ensures efficient handling of responsibilities while maintaining a balance.

Trisha’s commitment to professional development is evident in her pursuit of qualifications, including undertaking ANZIIF Tier 1 General Insurance Broking and obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Case Management (Disability and Employment Services). Her dedication to excellence and holistic client support underscores her invaluable contribution to the GBIB team.

Qualifications

  • Tier 2 ANZIIF
  • Graduate Certificate in Case Management
  • Certificate III Business Administration
  • NIBA (National Insurance Brokers Association) – Associate Member

Steffany Speranza

Steffany, a lifelong resident of Stanthorpe, embarked on her professional journey in the legal field, starting from a receptionist role and gradually advancing to become a paralegal. Alongside her career progression, she pursued her Bachelor of Laws, achieving qualification as a lawyer in 2018.

After a period dedicated to raising her daughter, Steffany sought a fresh challenge, leading her to join the Granite Belt Insurance Brokers team in 2024.

You’ll find Steffany in the office Monday to Thursday, overseeing Office Management, promptly addressing customer inquiries, and providing valuable support to our brokers, including debtor management.

Qualifications:

  • Undertaking Tier 2 ANZIIF
  • Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)
  • NIBA (National Insurance Brokers Association) – Associate Member

Karen Thomson

Karen’s illustrious career in the General Insurance Industry spans nearly four decades, beginning in 1982 when she embarked on her professional journey. Her commitment to excellence led her to obtain her Diploma in General Insurance from the Australian Insurance Institute in 1988, laying a solid foundation for her future endeavours.

In 1990, Karen embarked on a new chapter, relocating and venturing into the realm of agricultural contracting alongside her husband. Over the past 30+ years, they have nurtured a thriving business, showcasing Karen’s entrepreneurial spirit and adaptability.

In 2012, Karen returned to her roots in the insurance industry, seamlessly transitioning into various roles within broking. Her extensive experience and knowledge of General Insurance have been instrumental in her continued success in the field. Karen joined Granite Belt Insurance Brokers in 2019.

Karen’s dedication to professional development is evident in her qualifications and affiliations. She is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker of the National Insurance Brokers Association and holds a Diploma of Insurance Broking – Senior Associate CIP (Certified Insurance Professional), showcasing her commitment to excellence and adherence to industry standards. Additionally, as a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, Karen upholds the highest standards of professionalism and expertise in her field.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Insurance Broking
  • Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker
  • Senior Associate CIP (Certified Insurance Professional)

Lorraine Sampson

Lorraine was a highly regarded Agricultural adviser in the Moree district, helping pioneer specialised agriculture techniques known as No-Till Farming. The career spanned research, advice and field work. Lorraine started in Financial Services in 2000 after retiring from her career as an Agronomist when the family relocated from Moree to Toowoomba, Qld.

She quickly learned the business of Insurance being able to apply techniques developed from Agriculture Risk Management and became a General Insurance Adviser later that year. She attained her Diploma of Financial Services in 2004.

Lorraine’s degree in Rural Science from University of New England in Armidale combined with her many years of experience in business and insurance, puts her in a great position to offer risk solutions to all our clients.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Financial Services
  • Bachelor of Rural Science

Trent Sampson

Trent’s journey in the insurance industry commenced in 1992 when he embarked on his career as a Colonial Mutual Adviser in Moree, NSW. Over the years, he honed his expertise, specializing in Financial Planning after the family’s relocation to Toowoomba in 1999.

In 2002, Trent responded to the needs of his satisfied clientele by reintroducing the General Insurance facet to his business. This pivotal decision led to the acquisition of PRP Insurance Brokers in Ipswich, which has since evolved into WebInsure Pty Ltd, headquartered on the Sunshine Coast.

As a Platinum partner of the Insurance House group, WebInsure has solidified its position as a reputable entity in the industry under Trent’s stewardship. WebInsure purchased Granite Belt Insurance Brokers in 2018.

Trent’s commitment to professionalism and excellence is underscored by his qualifications and affiliations. He is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB) and an esteemed member of the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA). Additionally, Trent holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and is recognized as a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) (Senior Associate) by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).

Trent’s multifaceted expertise and dedication to his craft exemplify his unwavering commitment to providing exceptional service and tailored solutions to his clients.

Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Diploma of Insurance Broking
  • Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (NIBA)
  • CIP Senior Associate (Certified Insurance Professional)
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