Celeste Nel is the business development manager for premium finance at Premium Finance Partners. She is 100% committed to building and growing solid working relationships, and following through on promises.
Celeste has been involved in PFP since its launch, and officially joined the team in January 2020. Before joining the business, her career was mostly spent in the credit insurance space.
“Moving into premium finance is a new opportunity for me,” she says. “It’s always good to throw yourself into new things when the chance arises. Moving out of your comfort zone helps you to grow – personally and professionally – and gives you a renewed sense of focus.”
With her outgoing nature and vibrant personality, Celeste’s client facing role is a natural fit.
“I love the relationships that I build with my brokers,” she says. “I rely on the back-and-forth of strong relationships and am at my best when I am helping clients. If they are stuck, I will always see what I can do to get things sorted out. It helps me to stay motivated and centred.”
Outside of the work environment, Celeste is a devoted god-mother and a keen markswoman.
“I am very family oriented and love spending time with the people who mean the most in my life,” she says. “My god-son, who is also my nephew, means the world to me.
“I also enjoy shooting and firearms and spend a lot of time training women in the safe use of weapons for self-defence. It's very liberating to assist someone who has never shot a firearm before to learn how to handle it safely and responsibly.”
Celeste, who recently obtained her key individual qualification, has built an impressive customer base at PFP since starting in January, despite the limitations set by the Covid-19 lockdown.
“I spent the first couple of months with Devan visiting existing clients and holding face-to-face meetings,” she says. “When Covid hit it was difficult at first. A lot of people were unreachable for a period of time as they set themselves up to work from home and spent time adjusting to the new way of doing things. But over time things have normalised and I now have regular meetings over Zoom or Webex.
“We still do everything in our power to serve our brokers and ultimately their clients – we have just had to find a different way of doing things.”