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“When we started conferencing in January 2014, only the best-informed delegates had heard of Fintech and those that had were inclined to dismiss it as a threat.” said Edward Peck co-founder of the IAFN network.
“How things have changed! Now many of the major finance providers are working with Fintechs to transform their offerings – and the best are setting up incubators and innovation labs to work out how to deal with the pain points in the car finance buying process. It’s time to recognise the contribution made by this end of the industry and to welcome them and their ideas to the awards table”.
Independent and authoritative
IAFN Awards are the industry’s only leading independent awards scheme to be judged by a star studded line-up of senior industry professionals, in a process that is watched over by impartial supervisors. This year the Finance and Leasing Association will check the process – comparing the winners against each individual judge’s votes to ensure that only the most innovative entries win through to the end.
The judging panel includes a range of senior industry professionals including David Betteley, Global Financial Services Director of Jaguar Land Rover, and Jonny Combe General Manager, Product & Channel Development of BMW Financial Services. New to the panel this year is John Maslen, former editor of Fleet News. John joined the Asset Finance International editorial team this month, to help AFI transform its online and conference content so that it continues to reflect the industry as it transforms.
More about the awards – and a form to download the entries
You can nominate a person or company for an International Auto Finance Network award by completing the form below. Nominations are due in by the end of March, and the winners will be announced on May 23rd.
Organisations can nominate themselves, their partners or other organisations in the industry that they particularly admire.
The Fintech Award is open to both individuals and to organisations, and for all levels of development – from a great idea to a developed business.
Tickets for the conference and awards dinner are currently available here at the super early bird rate. Book your places in the next few days if you don’t want to pay more!
Awards Nomination Form
Full list of awards
Best Use of Technology
The aim of this award is to recognise the company that, in the opinion of the judges, has developed the best technological solution to meet the needs of a retail motor finance business, a fleet leasing business or the customers/clients of one of these businesses. The solution needs to be innovative and to have been launched in the last two years.
Best Use of Data
The aim of this award is to recognise the company that, in the opinion of the judges, has developed the best way to use data to meet the needs of a retail motor finance business, a fleet leasing business or the customers/clients of one of these businesses. The solution needs to be innovative and to have been launched in the last two years.
Best Customer Service
This award is designed to recognise the retail auto finance company, motor finance company, broker, fleet leasing company or supplier to these businesses that delivers best in class customer service.
Best Product or Service - Motor Finance
This award is designed to recognise the retail motor finance company that has introduced the best product or service innovation in the last two years.
Best Product or Service – Fleet Finance
This award is designed to recognise the fleet finance, fleet leasing or fleet management company that has introduced the best product or service innovation in the last two years.
Fintech Innovator Award NEW
Are you a fintech innovator with a vision for using technology to add value into auto finance? You do not need to have started your business (although you may have done), but you do have a vision for how technology could be used to add value to auto finance. It may be, for example, that you have thought of a great application for blockchain, or machine learning to make some aspect of the credit cycle more efficient. Or you may have an idea about how to use technology to better meet customer needs.
Best Professional Services Firm
Aimed at professional service firms serving the auto finance and/or fleet leasing market.
This award is open to professional services firms such as legal, accounting and management consulting firms that can demonstrate excellence in the delivery of services to the auto finance and/or fleet leasing market in the last 15 months. We are expecting to receive nominations that include details of new services that have been introduced, transactions that have been particularly successful, etc.
Intelligent Mobility Services
This award is designed to recognise the company that has introduced the best mobility innovation in the last two years.
‘Intelligent Mobility solutions’ are solutions that offer alternatives to (or complement) the company car e.g. car sharing, car clubs, more business use of public transport where available, etc. These reflect the desire by many companies to ensure that every journey is carried out in the most cost‐effective and environmentally friendly way.
Point Of Sale - Motor Finance
This award is designed to recognise the best point of sale innovation in motor finance or retail motor finance that has been introduced in the last two years.
This award is not open to innovations in the fleet finance space. We are expecting to see entries describing innovation in the sale of finance via dealers or direct over the internet.
Back Office Innovation Award
This award is designed to recognise the best back office innovation that has been introduced in the last two years. Most awards recognise client‐facing activity and innovation but for motor finance and fleet finance businesses it is their back office processes that can make the difference between being good and great.
Nominations may be for (but are not limited to) innovations that improve the management of credit risk, residual value risk, maintenance cost risk, accounting processes, collections, default management, supplier management and indeed any internal activity that is not directly related to the management of clients. We will accept nominations for in-house solutions developed by one company for their own internal use, as well as solutions developed by third parties (eg technology or data supply companies) for use more extensively in the industry.
Best Wholesale finance provider
This award is open to companies that provide debt finance to motor finance or fleet leasing companies. It is designed to recognise excellence in the delivery of any aspect of wholesale funding. So for example the winner might be the company that has done the biggest or most innovative deal, or has introduced better ways to serve its clients’ needs or has enhanced the quality of service pre‐ and post‐drawdown.
This award is designed to recognise the retail auto finance company, motor finance company, broker, fleet leasing company or supplier to any of these businesses that has entered the market in the last two years and has really made its mark. The company does not need to be a new business: entries will also be accepted from companies that have operated in other industries for more than two years and that have diversified into the auto finance/fleet finance sector in the last two years.
CEO of the Year
This award is designed to recognise the chief executive who has done most to support and promote the best interests of the industry. It is open to the CEO of any company in the sector.
Auto Finance Personality of the Year
This award is designed to recognise the individual who has made the most noteworthy contribution to the motor finance, fleet finance or retail auto finance industry in the last two years. It is open to anyone in the industry.
- Keith Allen, Managing Director, ARI Fleet UK
- David Betteley, Director Global Financial Services, Jaguar Land Rover Limited
- Dr Maik Böres, Head of future mobility, BMW Group
- Jonny Combe, General Manager Product & Channel Development, BMW Group Financial Services
- Joe Crump, General Manager, Honda Finance Europe
- Adrian Dally, Head of Motor Finance, Finance and Leasing Association
- Andrew Denton, Chief Executive Officer, Alfa
- Martin Drake, Product Director Drive, Software Solutions
- Brendan Gleeson, Group CEO, White Clarke Group
- Peter Hollinshead, Director, Fleetsave
- Gary Jefferies, Sales & Marketing Director, Bynx
- Richard Jones, Managing Director, Black Horse
- Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive, BVRLA
- Denis Keenan, Managing Director, KeeResources
- Mike Lloyd, Managing Director, Central Contracts
- Nigel Malcolm, Managing Director, Fleetcare Australia
- David Mercer, Managing Director, NextGear Capital UK Ltd
- Angela Montacute, Products, Services & Platforms Director, Arval
- Simon Oliphant, Corporate Officer, Hitachi Capital Corporation
- Jerry Page, F&I Director, Mercedes-Benz UK Retail
- Tim Porter, Managing Director, Lex Autolease
- Brian Rogerson, Editor, Asset Finance International
- John Saffrett, Global CAO, ALD Automotive
- Steffen Schick, Chief Strategy Officer, EurotaxGlass's
- Lesley Slater, Business Development Director, LeasePlan UK
- Paul Talbot - Managing director, IFC Fleet Services
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