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The lender, which offers commercial, residential and SMSF loan products, opened a new office in West Perth last month.
It bolsters Thinktank’s national presence, joining the existing offices spanning Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
According to the lender, while it had been supporting brokers in WA from its Brisbane office, it had been waiting for the “right opportunity” to formally establish a WA presence.
After appointing former Commonwealth Bank of Australia business development executive Stephanie Stritch to the role of senior relationship manager to lead the WA team — alongside Fabian D’Souza, who joins as assistant manager from NAB — the lender said the time was right to open the office.
Thinktank’s WA team now comprises:
- Stephanie Stritch (senior relationship manager);
- Fabian D’Souza (assistant manager)
- Adam Hutcheson (regional sales executive)
Speaking of the new WA presence, Peter Vala, Thinktank’s general manager of partnerships & distribution, said: “It was of the utmost importance that the team in WA understands the broker market and is fully enabled to support our brokers and also our aggregator partners who have a major presence there.
“In a changing business environment with many present and emerging challenges, a local and dedicated team adds tremendous value to support our broker relationships in being able to workshop and derive the best solutions for brokers and their clients,” he said.
“The response to the announcement from our broker and aggregator partners in and around Perth has been fantastic and we can’t thank them enough for their support.
“Even at this early stage, we have no doubt the new office will be an outstanding success.”
CEO Jonathan Street added: “Welcoming Stephanie and Fabian on board to kick off our permanent presence on the ground is a major milestone for Thinktank, and we are excited to now be able to support WA brokers in the same way we have been known for in the other major capital cities.”
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