The Self-Managed Super Fund Association recognised several distinguished participants in the SMSF community on the final day of its national conference.
SuperConcepts' executive manager of SMSF technical services Mark Ellem picked up the SMSFA CEO Award, for fostering the SMSF community and making an ongoing and active contribution to the association and its education program.
BGL corporate solutions manager Ron Lesh took out the association's Chair Award, which SMSFA chief executive John Maroney said recognised the significant contribution Lesh made to the association throughout 2018.
The SMSFA also recognised its two highest scoring exam participants in 2018, with Phi Nguyen of Curve Accountants recognised for his top score in the SMSF specialist adviser exam. Cutcher & Neale's Jace Pedonese was also recognised for his excellent exam results, after taking top spot in the SMSF specialist auditor exam.
In his closing speech, SMSFA vice chairman Robin Bowerman reiterated the thoughts of panellists earlier in the week, lamenting the fact the superannuation system was still lacking an overarching objective four years on from David Murray's financial system inquiry.
He said however that the association would continue to advocate in the interests of the self-managed sector. He pointed to the association's resolutely non-partisan history, and said it had never held back from calling out poor policy, flagging the SMSFA's intention to continue battling against Labor's franking credit policy.