Phoenix Awards

Research conducted by Prof. Allan Manning of the LMI Group shows that 50% of businesses fail within 2 years of a major insured event1. LMI Group’s Phoenix Award recognises those businesses that had the management skill and tenacity, coupled with adequate insurance, to not only revive and survive, but truly thrive following such a loss/disruption.

We congratulate the worthy recipients of the LMI Group’s Phoenix Award, who have been inducted into the exclusive Phoenix Club. As Richard Nixon said in a speech in 1973, “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”

The support and assistance provided by the broker during this time, can be easily overlooked given the enormity of the tasks facing the business. For this reason, The Phoenix Club recognises these dedicated professionals. As in practice, so too in our honour roll below, the broker stands beside their client through the good times and the bad, as a trusted adviser.

-1 Manning A., 2004, “Strategic Management of Crises in Small to Medium Businesses”, unpublished Doctoral Thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne. A book form of the thesis, titled ‘It Will Never Happen to Me’, is available at here

Award Recipients

Tornado damage - 20 August 2018

Sweeney Townsend Insurance Brokers

Fire Damage - 3 March 2018

BJS Insurance Brokers

Earthquake damage in November 2016

Meridian General Insurance Brokers

Earthquake - 14th November 2014

New Zealand Financial Brokers

Earthquake - 14th November 2014

Meridian General Brokers

Fire Damage - 24th November 2016

Ruys & Co

Earthquake - 14th November 2016

Abbott Insurance Brokers

Earthquake Damage - 22 February 2011

Presented in November 2018

Major Fire - 22nd October 2015

Albany Insurance Services Limited

Major Fire - 23rd April 2014

M&R Insurance Brokers

Major Storm Damage - 29th December 2016

Morphou Insurance Group

Major fire - 27th March 2017

Protectors Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

Major fires on 16 October 2013 and 11 January 2016

Pace Insurance

Major fires on 21 January 2015 and 23 January 2017

Boutique Risk & Sound Insurance Services

Fire suffered on 21st September 2016

Equity Insurance Brokers, Adelaide

Flood loss - 15th July 2016

Pace Insurance Brokers (Victoria)


24th December 2015

Storm loss suffered on 21 April 2015

James Wilson Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd (Insurance Advisernet Austalia)

Major fire on 4 February 2015

Scott Winton Insurance Brokers

Major fire 24 August 2014

Pace Insurance Brokers

Suffered a major fire 17 July 2014

Frank Risk Management and Insurance

Fire on the 09th July 2012

Rob La Brasse, Pollard Insurance Brokers

Fire on the 24th August 2014

Fitzpatrick Insurance Brokers

Earthquake Losses

4 September 2010, 26 December 2010, 22 February 2011 & 13 June 2011

Fire 14 April 2010

Earthquake Loss on 22 February 2011

Earthquake Loss on 22 February 2011

Major fire on 17 December 2008

Stephen Shephard, Bass Insurance Brokers

Major fire on 21 July 2008

Major fire on 3 April 2008

Martin Owen, Philp, Newby & Owen Pty Ltd

Cyclone on 15 February 2008

Keith Williams, Queensland & Pacific Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

Major fire on 23 July 2007 

Kate Beever, LBA Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

Major fire on 8 June 2007

Tom Powell, Westcourt General Insurance Brokers

Major fire on 1 December 2006 

Melinda Edwards, Eastern Equity Insurance

Major fire on 26 May 2006

Major fire on 18 April 2006

Major fire on 30 July 2005

Peter Shukosky, Scott Winton Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

Major fire on 15 November 2003

Don McLardy, McLardy McShane Insurance Brokers