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Your FINR Lending Team

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Derrick Wong
Managing Director & Principal Broker / Buyers Advocate

Derrick is an experienced property investor and developer with over 9 years of experience in the property and finance industry. He has educated over 3000 of Australia’s leading property investors and is frequently speaking at conferences or featuring in webinars to share his insights and industry secrets. Beginning his career as an Engineering Consultant and later moving into Project Management, he brings a unique problem - solving approach to providing tailored finance solutions for his clients. Every scenario is approached with a solutions-first mindset and a commitment to doing what’s best for his clients over what’s easy. In his spare time, he keeps active by participating in cycling events, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and tending to his 50kg Alaskan Malamute.

Thien Do

Finance Advisor

Thien is a seasoned finance professional with over seven years of experience working with major banks. His exceptional communication skills were honed during his tenure as a call center team manager at CBA before transitioning to lending. He’s skilled at explaining complex financial concepts in a way that's easy to understand for his clients and places his clients' best interest above all. Beyond finance, Thien has a passion
for music and is frequently DJ’ing at events and functions.

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Paul Kelly

Parabroker / Credit Manager

In his role as the Parabroker, Paul works closely with the Principal Broker Derrick, ensuring our clients receive exceptional attention and all loans are approved swiftly and efficiently. With over five years of experience in banking and finance and qualifications as a financial advisor in Ireland, Paul brings invaluable experience to the team. After a successful stint in Recruitment upon arriving in Australia, Paul's passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals led him back into the finance industry with FINR Advisory. Paul is also an avid Collingwood supporter and in his spare time he likes to cook up a storm and take early morning walks along the beach.

Shara Mae Sarmiento

Senior Credit Analyst

Shara is a dedicated finance professional with an impressive 8-year career in the banking and finance industry. She researches lending policies day in and day out and regularly communicates with lenders to remain up-to-date with the latest developments and request policy exceptions. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology, Shara is incredibly detail- oriented and meticulous, and her commitment to our clients’ success shines through her work. Outside of her career, she enjoys exploring new destinations, savoring diverse cuisines, and creating cherished memories with
her family.

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Jason Lieu

Tech Guru /  Loan Processor

Jason is a dedicated loan processor and systems improvement expert at FINR Advisory, where he leverages his finance experience to streamline processes through systems integrations and automations. With a commitment to accuracy and compliance, he plays a pivotal role in ensuring loan applications are packaged with all the right information and documents for a swift approval. Jason's passion for system enhancement has resulted in significant improvements in the client journey, enabling FINR Advisory to keep customers updated at all stages of the loan process. In his spare time, Jason likes to try different cuisines and also enjoys making Japanese Ramen noodles from scratch.

Joanne Ly

Broker Support Manager

Our operations run seamlessly, courtesy of Joanne's exceptional communication and organizational skills. A former teacher, Joanne is a warm, friendly individual, and her interpersonal skills allow her to collaborate well with both brokers and clients. Outside of work, she enjoys channeling her creativity into gardening and crafting. She also has a passion for running and has successfully completed several marathons, demonstrating her sense of discipline and perseverance. This steadfast dedication also translates into her professional life, where she is committed to providing brokers with unparalleled
support and cultivating positive relationships with clients.

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Trizha Mae Bienvenuto

Executive Assistant

Tri collaborates closely with the Executive Director at FINR Advisory to support the Credit Assessment Team. Her duties range from managing inboxes and handling schedules to tracking and preparing weekly and monthly sales reports and coordinating with the internal team on ad hoc assignments. She certainly has an eye for detail, willingness to learn and expertise in customer support and clerical tasks. Prior to joining FINR, she began her career as an Executive Assistant at a start up real estate business in Melbourne where she grew massively by working independently. As a naturally born extroverted introvert, she appreciates working behind the scenes to make sure the team is always well-resourced.

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