The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organisations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world’s most sought after awards.
Renee Tocco, Managing Director of Loanezi has been selected as a judge on this year’s panel. I caught up with Renee this week to ask her about being selected and what it meant to her and Loanezi as a business.
Can you tell me a bit about the Awards?
The Stevie or The American Business Awards (ABA) are the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. It recognises achievement in every facet of the workplace, and for all organisation types including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, and businesses small to very large. The trophy is one of the world’s most coveted prizes. Since 2002 the Gold Stevie Award has been conferred for achievement in business to organisations and individuals in more than 60 nations.
How/Why were you approached to be on the board of judges?
I was first introduced to the American Business Awards group when Loanezi was encouraged to enroll in one of their international categories. I subsequently joined the global business network, and then became familiar with more international businesses and
the huge accolade associated with being a Stevie award winner. Shortly after joining this network, one of the judging coordinators from ABA wrote to me and invited me to participate in judging of the 2017 (15th annual) awards.
Judges are approved and selected by the ABA team and selection is based on business expertise and diversity. I was selected as one of 11 Judges on the New Product Committee.
How is Loanezi different from other brokers in the industry?
Loanezi is a specialist in a niche lending market focused on Vendor introduced and Commercial Asset Finance loan facilitation. With a huge focus on streamlining process flow and helping Vendors to achieve more application approvals, our whole business support model and platform has been designed around achieving exactly that. Our Vendors are our partners, and we work as a team to create the best customer experience and best client outcomes. Fast payments to Vendors for received goods, and totally hassle free settlements are what we do best. Helping to grow our Vendors businesses is what sets us apart.
You and the brand of Loanezi seem to be popping up everywhere I look, what would you attribute this success to?
I see many finance brokers being ‘jack of all trades’ and may end up being ‘master of none’. With 11 years top end experience in ICT sales, I identified a very under services finance sector, which is what led to the formation of Loanezi. Our target market and direction has been crystal clear since day one and the people I have hired to join my team, all the tech developments and platforms I have custom built and all the decisions I have made have been in sync with that vision. Belief and commitment to the vision is what I would attribute the success too.