IN TODAY’S economy, it is crucial to reward employees of a company as they are the people working on the ground, bringing the company forward.
That is what Zurich Takaful Malaysia Bhd (ZTMB) did for its employees during the company’s annual Agency Awards held at Genting International Convention Centre (GICC) in Pahang.
The event, themed “Night of the Takaful Stars” (NOTTS), saw the company celebrating 213 outstanding wealth planners and agency leaders for their outstanding achievements as ZTMB’s top performers and their exceptional sales performance in 2018.
Also present at the event was ZTMB chief executive Mukesh Dhawan, who expressed his appreciation to the members of the agency force.
“The success of our business hinges on our Zurich Agency Network, whose excellent performance has helped us gain a stronger foothold in the market,“ he said.
“Despite relatively soft market conditions last year, our business grew by more than 30% against the industry growth of 13.1%, and we are delighted to be among the top five family takaful operators in the country.
“Tonight’s celebration is an opportunity for us to honour our agents for their hard work, commitment, perseverance and determination in driving takaful participation among Malaysians.”
When asked about Zurich Takaful’s future plans and the number of new recruiters it has so far, Mukesh said, “There are about 1,000 new recruiters this year and we are growing much faster compared to last year.
“Though there are 11 licensed operators, we are one of the fastest growing agencies in the country.
“With our recruitment speed and by optimising all our branches, we are very confident that our growth numbers will get bigger and eventually become the top three family takaful operators.”
Leading the A-list Champions in their respective categories were Gemilang Empire (Mega Agency) led by Mohd Fahmi Mohd Hatta, who is the Whole Group Entrepreneur chief agency manager, and SRA Empire Group (Mega Agency) led by Shah Rizal Azmi, who is the Direct Unit Entrepreneur chief agency manager.
Mohd Fahmi, who won one of the top two awards of the night, was over the moon with his latest achievement, having been in the industry for 14 years.
“This award is dedicated to my team members who have worked hard and contributed tirelessly,” he said.
“This year we have come this far and achieved this award because of our positive and uplifting agency culture and environment, with everyone treating each other as close family members.”
Shah Rizal, who was the other top award recipient, shared a few words of his proud moment and a message to his team members.
“I feel very proud and honoured that I am able to win the Champion category for eight consecutive years. But I also feel the need to work even harder after tonight,” he said.
“My agency’s philosophy is focused on building a champion’s mindset and to think differently from others.
“The intention of becoming a champion shouldn’t just be for glory but for self-satisfaction in order to change one’s own life.”
Other award recipients were Whole Group Agency Builder chief agency manager Jas Guna Senggani, Chairman Gold Award agency manager and Agency Builder agency manager Oh Siow Lee, Entrepreneur agency manager Mahathir Mohamad, Best Seller wealth planner Wan Muhammad Yusuf, Entrepreneur executive planner Irfan Fazreeq Raman and Best Seller rookie Teh Shih Hao.
Besides Mukesh, other notable attendees in the audience were ZTMB chairman Hasnah Omar, former ZTMB chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Don, ZTMB board member Datuk Dr Hafsah Hashim, Zurich Malaysia country head and Zurich Life Insurance Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Stephen Clark, Zurich General Insurance Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Junior Cho, Zurich General Takaful Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Zuhairi Ismail, alongside the senior management team, agency members and Zurich Malaysia employees.
With close to 2,000 new recruits in 2018, ZTMB has approximately 6,000 family takaful wealth planners serving customers nationwide.
Earlier this year, the company launched its “Besar Maknanya” campaign to attract Malaysians to be part of its Zurich Agency Network as a wealth planner. This is an opportunity for them to earn a weekly income.
Interested and aspiring wealth planners can submit their applications online via www.zurich.com.my by clicking on the website’s career page.
In line with ZTMB’s effort to support the career development of its agency force, the company held a Reimagine Talk seminar, featuring five experienced and successful speakers, including guest speaker Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who shared their knowledge and expertise to inspire attendees in reaching their full potential.