Chris Naya (pictured, centre) has been named Just Mortgages’ Top Newcomer for 2016.
Based at Haart estate agents in Clacton, he returned to work this month after he was assaulted in an unprovoked attack before Christmas. He was left in a life-threatening condition after the attack in Chelmsford for which no-one has been caught.
He still has a metal plate in his head and has also suffered hearing loss.
Naya was presented with a trophy at an awards ceremony to celebrate the best staff and offices throughout Haart’s parent company Spicerhaart.
Antony Lark, managing director of Just Mortgages, said: “Chris performed exceptionally well in 2016 and has become one of our most prolific performers. His passion and work ethic stand out and he should feel incredibly proud of his achievement. We are delighted to have him back at work.”
Naya added: “I’m proud, as well as surprised and humbled, that I managed to get this award after such a short time in my career, which shows that anyone can do it if you set your mind to it.
“Obviously I’ve had my setbacks since then, but knowing my family are there to support me, as well as my peers, I’ve been able to come through the other side, which has made me realise that every moment counts. Being recognised for this award has simply given me more motivation and determination to continue the good work.”
Staff are planning a sky dive with the Red Devils in June to raise money for the company’s Magic Moments charity.