First National GEMs Sparkle at National Awards Night

Date: 24 May 2014
First National GEMs Sparkle at National Awards Night
First National Real Estate’s members were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Awards at a black tie dinner, attended by more than 350 agents from across Australasia and the South Pacific, during the network’s annual convention held at the Darwin Convention Centre last night.
 
The gala evening celebrated the best of the network’s real estate performances over the past year, which according to the chairman of First National Real Estate, Mark Millington, presented a range of different challenges for the profession.
 
“Last year selling conditions improved but our staff had to work harder to win business as less property was available for sale,’ Mr Millington said.
 
“Due to the rising market, it was essential for staff to be even more vigilant than normal with their appraisals, while remaining focused on balancing the expectations of home sellers and buyers.”
 
“The GEM Awards are a recognition of that hard work and teamwork and it is encouraging to see winners coming from all over Australia.”
 
On the night the Top 10 Sales Offices for the network in Australia were named and included:
 
First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland, Bendigo (Vic) – Sales Office of the Year
First National Real Estate Collie & Tierney, Mildura (Vic)
First National Real Estate Margaret River (WA)
First National Real Estate Waverley City, Glen Waverley (Vic)
First National Real Estate O’Donoghues, Darwin (NT)
First National Real Estate Tully, South Lake (WA)
First National Real Estate Busselton (WA) 
First National Real Estate Walsh & Sullivan, Baulkham Hills (NSW)
First National Real Estate Port Macquarie (NSW)
First National Real Estate Druitt & Shead, Doubleview (WA)
 
New South Wales agency, First National Real Estate Port Macquarie won the Property Management Team of the Year Award, Alice Springs agency First National Real Estate Framptons was named Most Energy Efficient Office of the Year, South Australia’s First National Real Estate Pope Nitschke won Foundation Office of the Year, while First National Real Estate Rayner (Bacchus Marsh, Vic) received the coveted title of Referral Office of the Year.
 
Individuals were also recognised on the night, with the Top 10 Salespeople being:
 
Jenny Gauci, First National Real Estate Heron Johns, Bull Creek (WA) - Salesperson of the Year
Michael Sleiman, First National Real Estate Daystar, Padstow (NSW)
Jason Cooper, First National Real Estate, Busselton (WA)
Rob Druitt, First National Real Estate Druitt & Shead, Doubleview (WA)
Tony Iskandar, First National Real Estate Iskandar, Marrickville (NSW)
Jason Tucker, First National Real Estate Tully, South Lake (WA)
Bob Rollington, First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise (QLD)
Jessica Chea, First National Real Estate Waverley City, Glen Waverley (Vic)
Jeremy O’Donoghue, First National Real Estate O’Donoghues, Darwin (NT)
Eddie Fakhri, First National Real Estate Bill Schlink, Templestowe (Vic)
 
Rose Pearson of First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland (Bendigo, Vic) was named Property Manager of the Year.  Peter Hunt from First National Real Estate Gerard Smith (Picton, NSW) was named Sales Rookie of the Year.
 
Dot Hamilton from First National Real Estate Palm Beach in Queensland received the network’s highest honour, winning the Kaye Heath Award in recognition of her dedication to helping other members and her contribution to the network’s ongoing success.
 
Mr Millington said the First National GEM Awards are an important event as they present an opportunity for members to come together and celebrate their achievements as well as to learn about the systems and processes that enabled their colleagues to win awards.

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