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First National celebrate their top performers

First National Real Estate (FN) has handed out its General Excellence and Marketing Awards at the network’s National Convention, at Malaysia’s Grand Hyatt in Kuala Lumpur. 

Taking the top office awards were FN Cleveland (Qld), which was announced Magnificent 7 – Number One Sales Office of the Year, and FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA) which was announced Magnificent 7 – No.1 Investor Relations Management Office of the Year.

Topping the individual awards was Melissa Starkey, FN Surfers Paradise (Qld), who took home Magnificent 7 – No.1 Investor Relations Manager of the Year; Amy Doran, FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA), who won Magnificent 7 – No.1 Business Development Manager of the Year, and Ethan He, FN JXRE (Clayton, Vic) who received Magnificent 7 – No.1 Salesperson of the Year.

The winner of the network’s highest honour, The Kaye Heath Memorial Award, was David Forrest of FN Cairns Central, in recognition of his many years of work on QLD Regional Council and the National Board.

Director at First National Cleveland, Ryan McCann, was also named as one of the winners of the Magnificent 7 Salesperson awards and said it was an honour for his office to be named number one in the country.

“We’re over the moon,” Mr McCann said.

“We’re not the biggest office in Australia, but we finished first in Australia.

“It’s been nine years of trying and it’s always been the goal since we started in 2015.”

Mr McCann said he was also incredibly pleased with the team being recognised.

“It’s a collective effort,” he said.

“We had two agents in the top eight, I was fifth and Bianca Stubbs was eighth and we were one and two in QLD.

“Everyone contributed and I’m really proud of the guys.”

Mr McCann said he was also honoured to receive a message from Chris Hanley from First National Byron Bay after the win.

“We came second, three years in a row to Byron Bay,” he said.

“They’re a magic office and one of the best performers over a long period of time.

“I got a text from Chris congratulating me and that really sums up what First National is all about.”

Mr McCann said being at the National Convention was a great opportunity to network and learn from the best agents in the industry and it was good to see some of the other states scooping up awards.

“I was really happy for the WA offices,” he said.

“They were doing it tough when you look back five years ago and now every second award felt like it was going to a WA office.

“Port Hedland and the mining towns are absolutely booming and that really shows through with all the awards.”

National Chairman, Rob Westwood, said it was incredible to witness the enthusiasm of the network’s agents in Malaysia. 

“To see some 330 of our salespeople, property managers and administrators here in Kuala Lumpur for our convention, as well as to celebrate the network’s collective success, is always uplifting,” Mr Westwood said.

“We are better together as connected independents and the genuine spirit of cooperation that defines our difference always shines through at our awards nights.”

General Excellence and Marketing Award winners

Offices receiving Magnificent 7 sales awards were:

  • FN Cleveland (Qld) – Magnificent 7, No.1 Sales Office of the Year
  • FN Byron Bay (NSW) 
  • FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA)
  • FN Charles L. King & Co (Echuca, Vic)
  • FN Surfers Paradise (Qld)
  • FN Hills Direct (The Ponds, NSW)
  • FN King & Heath (Bairnsdale, Vic)

Offices receiving The ELITE sales awards were:

  • FN Action Realty Ipswich (Ipswich, Qld)
  • FN Daystar (Revesby, NSW)
  • FN Genesis (Mt Hawthorn, WA)
  • FN JXRE (Clayton, Vic)
  • FN Margaret River (WA)
  • FN Moreton (Burpengary, Qld)
  • FN Newcastle City (The Junction, NSW)
  • FN Port Stephens (Salamander Bay, NSW)

Winners of Magnificent 7 Investor Relations Management Office awards were:

  • FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA) Magnificent 7, No.1 Investor Relations Management Office of the Year
  • FN Hall & Partners (Dandenong, Vic)
  • FN Druitt Saunders (Doubleview, WA)
  • FN Kalgoorlie (WA)
  • FN Townsville (Qld)
  • FN TSFN (Bendigo, Vic)
  • FN Karratha (WA)

Winners of The ELITE Investor Relations Management Office were:

  • FN Byron Bay (NSW)
  • FN Collie & Tierney (Mildura, Vic)
  • FN JXRE (Clayton, Vic)
  • FN King & Heath (Bairnsdale, Vic)
  • FN Mudgee (NSW)
  • FN Property Solutions (Palm Beach, Qld)
  • FN Swans Residential (Aveley, WA)
  • FN Waters and Carpenter (Auburn, NSW)

Individuals winning Magnificent 7 Investor Relations Manager awards were:

  • Melissa Starkey, FN Surfers Paradise (Qld) – Magnificent 7, No.1 Investor Relations Manager of the Year
  • Naomi Fletcher, FN Kalgoorlie (WA)
  • Cindy Randell, FN Busselton (WA)
  • Alina Williamson, FN Townsville (Qld)
  • Ozgur Emeli, FN Waters & Carpenter (Auburn, NSW) 
  • Shari Harrison, FN City to Surf (Beenleigh, Qld)
  • Rebecca Lewis, FN Patterson (Port Macquarie, NSW)

Individuals winning The ELITE Investor Relations Manager awards were:

  • Wendy Caldwell, FN Karratha (WA)
  • Kate Flynn, FN Townsville (Qld)
  • Sophia Holmes, FN Townsville (Qld)
  • Nathan Janda, FN Salisbury (SA)
  • Jackie Lyons, FN Hall & Partners (Dandenong, Vic)
  • Tracie Read-Withers, FN Lifestyle Sippy Downs (Qld)
  • Renae Smidt, FN Yamba (NSW)
  • Margo Taggart, FN Tamworth (NSW)

Winners of Magnificent 7 Business Development Manager awards were:

  • Amy Doran, FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA) Magnificent 7, No.1 Business Development Manager of the Year
  • Kathryn State, FN Kalgoorlie (WA)
  • Georgia Chircop, FN Westwood Truganina (Vic)
  • Lily Young, FN Neilson Partners (Narre Warren, Vic)
  • Annabelle Power, FN Candappa (Drouin, Vic)
  • Sonya Scott, FN Property Solutions (Palm Beach, Qld)
  • Albien Vergara, FN JXRE (Clayton, Vic)

Winners of The ELITE Business Development Manager awards were:

  • Poppy Gamble, FN Action Realty Ipswich (Qld)
  • Jai Grant, FN Westwood (Werribee, Vic)
  • Michelle Hesse, FN Hills Direct (The Ponds, NSW)
  • Sophie Moir, FN Byron Bay (NSW)
  • Bobbie Philip, FN Tweed City (Tweed Heads South, NSW)
  • Lisa Turner FN Cleveland (Qld)
  • Jade Tweedie, FN Maitland (NSW)
  • Michelle Wells, FN Karratha (WA)

The winners of Magnificent 7 Salesperson awards were:

  • Ethan He, FN JXRE (Clayton, Vic) – Magnificent 7, No.1 Salesperson of the Year
  • Danielle Collins, FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA)
  • Su Reynolds, FN Byron Bay (NSW)
  • George Rafty, FN Newcastle City (The Junction, NSW) 
  • Ryan McCann, FN Cleveland (Qld)
  • Rebecca Dean, FN Port Stephens (Salamander Bay, NSW)
  • Rick Hockey, FN Hedland (Port Hedland, WA) 

The winners of The ELITE Salesperson awards were:

  • Mark Cheney, FN Moreton (Kallangur, Qld)
  • Troy Duncan, FN Lake Macquarie (Edgeworth, NSW)
  • Troy O’Brien, FN Charles L. King & Co (Echuca, Vic)
  • Eddie Quispe, FN Hills Direct (The Ponds, NSW)
  • Bob Rollington, FN Surfers Paradise (Qld)
  • Rob Rollington, FN Surfers Paradise (Qld)
  • Michael Sleiman, FN Daystar (Revesby, NSW)
  • Bianca Stubbs, FN Cleveland (Qld)

A range of specialist awards were also announced: 

  • Pillar Award – Katrina Dann, FN Childers (Qld) 
  • Opus Award – Chloe Manton, FN Port Stephens (Salamander Bay, NSW) 
  • Digital Award – Jack Jacobs, FN Murray Bridge (SA)
  • Your Town & You Award – Krystel Darling, FN Copper Coast (Wallaroo, SA)
  • Best Marketing Campaign – Rebecca & Meg Dean, FN Port Stephens (Salamander Bay, NSW)
  • New Salesperson of the Year – Lachlan Taffe, FN Rayner (Bacchus Marsh, Vic)
  • New Investor Relations Manager of the Year – Flynn McKenna, FN Neilson Partners (Narre Warren, Vic)
  • Good Neighbour Award – Leanne Rayner, FN Rayner (Bacchus Marsh, Vic)
  • Nitschke Scholarship Award – Jack Freestone, FN Murray Bridge (SA)

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a senior journalist at Elite Agent specialising in finance and real estate.

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