A glittering night of achievements

CELEBRATING the exceptional accomplishments of its outstanding wealth planners and agency leaders for their 2018 performance, Zurich Life Insurance Malaysia Bhd (ZLIMB) held the company’s annual Agency Awards with the theme “Night of the Stars” at Genting International Convention Centre.

The event was attended by some 1,000 guests comprising agency members, members of the board, senior management team and Zurich Malaysia employees.

A total of 191 top agency members from ZLIMB were treated to a grand celebration for emerging at the top of their league and for being the most productive agency members of 2018 where 51 of them qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).

Also present at the celebration was Zurich Malaysia country head and ZLIMB chief executive officer Stephen Clark.

“Our Zurich Agency Network plays a pivotal role in growing our business and tonight’s celebration is an opportunity for us to acknowledge their hard work and efforts despite facing significant challenges in the industry.

“I am sure the recognition will not only make a positive impact on their career paths but also motivate others to be the best in this field.”

(From left) Teng, Ho, Clark and Ho’s husband Fu Cheh Shiun.
(From left) Teng, Ho, Clark and Ho’s husband Fu Cheh Shiun.

When asked about Zurich Malaysia’s target for next year Clark explained, “We are always looking to grow the business, particularly for Zurich Life Insurance and we expect a solid year for 2019.

“There are a number of initiatives that we implemented at the beginning of the year to help drive the sales growth within the business.”

It was another year to be remembered for ZLIMB chief agency manager K. Narayanasamy, a recipient of the highest award of the night: the Top of the Table title for six years in a row alongside three other recipients – Lilian Cheow, Ang Lee Ten and Chong Kwong Yun.

Four others also bagged the Court of the Table title, namely chief agency managers Murphy Ooi, Wennie Wee, Angel Tang and wealth planner Teo Kim Song.

(From left) Zurich Life Insurance Malaysia chief agency officer Teng Swee Hin, Voon and Clark.
(From left) Zurich Life Insurance Malaysia chief agency officer Teng Swee Hin, Voon and Clark.

Leading the A-list for the NOTS Champion awards were VFJ Group (Mega Agency) led by Willie Voon (Chairman Gold Award - Whole Group chief agency manager for both Life and Takaful segments, Whole Group Entrepreneur chief agency manager and Whole Group Agency Builder chief agency manager), Direct Unit Entrepreneur chief agency manager Denny Wong, Entrepreneur agency manager Karen Ho, Agency Building agency manager Abraham Choo Ee Wee, Best Seller Personal Producing agency leader K. Anandraj, Best Seller wealth planner R. Rajeswari and Entrepreneur executive planner Chong Nyun Choo.

The top winner of the night was Willie Voon, 36, who took over the company from his late father Voon Foot Jee. The win was his second consecutive achievement.

“After my father passed away, I named the company after him with the hope of driving the company forward. I also set a mindset for myself to help my father build the no. 1 agency in Zurich Life Insurance and Zurich Takaful. I hope that VFJ Group will become the number one group in the industry too.

(From second right) Wong and his wife celebrating his win with Teng and Clark at the company’s Night of the Stars event.
(From second right) Wong and his wife celebrating his win with Teng and Clark at the company’s Night of the Stars event.

“To achieve that, I believe teamwork and unity can help us and currently, with 200 members in my team, we are looking to recruit another 100 members this year,” Voon added.

Wong, a first-time Zurich Award winner, dedicated his win to his 10 team members.

“I am so lucky and fortunate to have such a great team with me during my first year with Zurich and I deeply appreciate each and every one of them. Without this team with me, I wouldn’t have won this award tonight.”

Ho, a Zurich award winner for eight consecutive years and a first-time Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) achiever, shared her excitement and future goals.

“I feel excited after my win tonight and I plan on being a winner for 10 consecutive years. Therefore, I have to work harder now to achieve my goals with 20 of my team members.”

Besides Clark, other notable guests included ZLIMB chairman Steven Choy; ZLIMB board members Hasnah Omar, Datin Joan Hoi Lai Ping and Kevin Wright; Zurich Takaful Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Mukesh Dhawan and Zurich General Takaful Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Zuhairi Ismail.

ZLIMB has approximately 4,000 wealth planners serving customers nationwide. In line with the company’s effort to support the career development of its agency force, ZLIMB also held a two-day Reimagine Talk seminar.

The seminar featured five notable speakers, including guest speaker Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who shared their knowledge and expertise to inspire the attendees in reaching their full potential.

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