OUR AMBITION IS TO

Help you make your money work for you

Our team shares a passion for customer service and a desire to assist our clients in securing their financial future. Our commitment to excellence ensures our clients receive the best service and tailored advice, and access to the most suitable products available from our partners.

We are a boutique agency and we strive to deliver a personalised, tailored approach to suit the unique needs of each of our clients.

At Classic Finance Group, we strive to help you reach your financial goals – whatever they may be!

This is

Our team

Nancy Youssef

Founder, Mentor, Visionary

She may be the founder and CEO of Classic Finance in title, but Nancy Youssef is many things to many people.

To some, she’s the successful founder of boutique finance broker Classic Finance, launched in 2003. Being a top performing finance broker, creative entrepreneur and serial networker has resulted in Nancy building a fast-growing business renowned for client service and loyalty.

To others, she’s a mentor, role model and inspiration. As founder of Classic Mentoring & Coaching (2011), she had disrupted old models of mentoring new-to-industry mortgage brokers, thereby playing a crucial role in nurturing the best of the industry’s next generation.

Her reach doesn’t stop in one industry, or one country, however. With a passion for giving back, Nancy is known by others around the world as the energetic philanthropist raising large sums of money to help build resilience through business skills in some of the poorest corners of the world. Learn more about Nancy’s work with the Human Kind Project, which saw her travel to Malawi in March 2017, here.

“My efforts aim to touch so many people, because I bring all of myself to my professional life,” Nancy shares. “As a passionate mortgage broker and educator of the new talent, I bring my love of service, teaching and learning and my commitment to the highest professional standards together to make a difference in the lives of my clients and the careers of my mentees.”

Nancy has been recognised by winning the MFAA Excellence Awards for Best Social & Community Champion in 2016 and 2017, as well as The Adviser magazine 2017 Better Business Award for Best Social Responsibility program.

Her entrepreneurial success took on a whole new level, when in 2015, she embraced the opportunity to attend an exclusive leadership gathering with Sir Richard Branson and other leading Australian and international entrepreneurs on Necker Island in the Caribbean.

Travelling is Nancy’s personal passion, leading her to traverse 18 countries over the last decade! When not on a plane, she loves spending time with family, reading, walking and coming up with the next 3000 or so ideas she’d like to bring to life.

Benjamin Hakim

Lawyer & Finance Broker

Benjamin recently joined the Classic Finance team, having spent the last 12 years working as a lawyer.

Hailing from Melbourne, Victoria, Benjamin spent the first 8 years of his career honing his skills whilst working for a small boutique law practice in Melbourne, before moving to Sydney. In 2013, Benjamin decided to take the plunge and establish his own practice, launching Laymens Lawyers in July 2013. This practice continues to operate today, specialising in all types of property and
immigration law related matters, conveyancing, wills and estate planning. Benjamin’s approach to the provision of legal services is a little different to the norm. Unique to the industry, Benjamin’s mandate is simple – to provide clients with “no fuss, easy to understand, to-the-point” legal advice. No jargon, no confusion. Just solutions!

Enter Nancy Youssef and the team at Classic Finance!!

Wanting to offer his clients with a more holistic approach to their professional needs, Benjamin decided to get qualified as a Finance Broker and approached Nancy Youssef, founder and owner of Classic Finance Group. There was an immediate connection on both a personal and professional level. Their values and approach to business aligned and so a strategic alliance was established.

Benjamin’s practice is built on honesty and integrity. He is a “what you see, what you get” kind of guy, which resonates in the way he operates his business and in his relationships with people.

Outside of the office, Benjamin is kept busy by his wife and daughter. He also enjoys keeping fit and watching his beloved Essendon Bombers in the AFL. Though not of late, unfortunately!!

Belinda Herbert

In-House Mortgage Specialist

Belinda began her finance career with Classic Finance in 2012, having spent the previous 13 years in accounts and administration in the engineering sector.

As one of our In House Mortgage Specialists, Belinda thrives when finding solutions for our clients and, through education and planning, working with them to reach their goals.

Belinda holds a Diploma in Financial Services (Mortgage Broking Management), a Cert IV in Training & Assessment and is also a registered Justice of the Peace, something that our clients find especially handy when signing legal and mortgage documents.

Belinda’s high work ethic is recognised not only by our team, but by the industry as a whole, as she has won the MFAA Excellence – Best Loan Administrators award in 2016 and 2017.

Outside of the office, Belinda is kept busy by her two daughters, husband and menagerie of animals.

Ann Faral

Personal Assistant to CEO

Ann joins the Classic Team bringing with her a high level of experience across Corporate Development Communication, Administration, Writing, Customer Service and Training. Ann’s strengths are her high attention to detail, ability to organise workflows and structure processes and we are excited to welcome her to the team.

When she doesn’t have a book under her nose, you’ll find her on social media, listening to music or watching movies and documentaries.

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