Ray White Queensland celebrates its 2022 award winners

The Ray White Queensland network recorded a 15 per cent jump in transactions to 22,285 properties in the 2022 financial year, and helped 44,570 families to find their dream home, worth a whopping $17.18 billion in sales value.

The Announcement:

In what was known as the unofficial start to Ray White’s jam packed Connect Conference, some 1200 Ray White Queensland members gathered at the Gold Coast Convention Centre last night to celebrate the achievements of the top offices and individuals over 2021/22.

Ray White Queensland CEO Jason Andrew said the true standouts of 2021/22 were, without question, the hard-working property managers.

“You worked through COVID-19 and without tapering went straight into another flood impacted year. The maintenance requests, the cries for help, the near non-existent vacancy rates. Your work is too often thankless. Tonight, we as a company – as a family – thank you,” Mr Andrew said.

Today, Ray White Queensland manages 44,876 properties for their landlords.

The group recorded a 15 per cent jump in transactions to 22,285 properties in the 2022 financial year, and helped 44,570 families to find their dream home, worth a whopping $17.18 billion in sales value.

The CEO said “we are in the business of leadership”.

“Our best leaders know what they want and are unafraid to articulate it. He also reminded everyone that “bad habits are formed in the best of times”.

“Excitingly, this next market sees a return to skills so habitually Ray White. Structure, process and our trademarked competition creation. All underpinned by empathy and trust – and the insatiable appetite to obtain the best results instead of just obtaining quick ones.

“This next market will be navigated with the best technology in the market. A tool at our fingertips which takes away guesswork and gimmickry. Good leaders have piloted this tool well, and in this market are now fully deploying it.”

The cornerstone of Ray White has always been the relentless focus on auctions and marketing property.

The group conducted 6959 auctions, cleared 69 per cent on the day with 6.1 registered bidders per auction in 2021/22.

For the second year in a row, the Ray White New Farm juggernaut was awarded the number one office in Queensland for settled commission.

A true powerhouse in the industry, Ray White New Farm continues to go from strength to strength as it focuses very much on separating itself from ordinary practices within the industry by providing the leading marketing avenues for their clients to generate the maximum number of buyers and the methods necessary to extract the highest possible sales price.

Once again Ray White New Farm Principal Matt Lancashire won the Top Selling Principal in terms of settled commission award for 2021/22.

Ray White New Farm Principal Haesley Cush thanked the New Farm team and the franchisor.

The Cush and Lancashire empire was born out of a single ambition in 2017 to pursue happiness in business and now has very successful sibling businesses in Clayfield, Toowong and Bulimba.

“I’ve been coming to these awards for 28 years and I’ve never heard a group more thankful. Our team has never experienced value like we’re experiencing from the franchisor at the moment. And we have never been more happy with Ray White,” he said.

“To all the partners and our kids, on behalf of every agent in this room, we want to thank you for supporting us again our choice to be agents – for the late arrivals and for the interruptions on the phone.

“To our team leaders, to our value team, to our property managers, to our rookies, associates and our salespeople. Thank you and I am so proud that we have found strength in partnerships that we have become stronger from facing inward rather than focusing on others.

“I am proud that we are fueling our growth by working together as a network by focusing on the long term benefits of sharing rather than the short term gain and going in alone.”

One of the most exciting awards of the night was presented to Matt Gates of Ray White Sanctuary Cove when he was named the Top Sales Agent for Queensland in terms of settled commission.

Mr Gates gave a beautiful acceptance speech where he thanked his wife Cheslea and her father and his mentors Greg and Andrew Bell.

“My life is inextricably interwoven within this business. I was an 18 year old boy when I began my career as a trainee at Ray White.

“I met my wife through this business, it’s never been just a job for me. This business has not only developed my career, but also my values as a son, as a husband, as a father, and as a friend,” Mr Gates said.

“It’s no secret that the Bell brothers and some of the most well respected real estate professionals in this country and I’ve been extremely fortunate to have access to.

“Long before Andrew Bell became my father in law, he was a hero of mine. And his mentorship has enriched my life in many ways. I’m truly grateful and I will be forever indebted to Andrew for guiding and supporting and encouraging me to fulfil my potential.”

Ryan Suhle of Ray White North Lakes won for number of sales. Mr Suhle’s business growth was also acknowledged as the best in the state, and Ray White North Lakes was the best office for business growth too.

David Bell of Ray White Rockhampton won the Top Selling Principal award for total number of sales. Ray White Rockhampton was awarded top Individual Office for number of sales, while Ray White Surfers Paradise was named at the top business by number of sales and settled commission.

The marketing gurus at Ray White New Farm team took home the Marketing Excellence – Office award, while Conner Malan of Ray White Burleigh Group won the excellent in marketing individual award.

Blue ribbon office Ray White Sherwood was once again named for its Excellence in Auction – Office while the unstoppable Lisette Schults-Rand of Ray Sherwood won the Excellence in Auction – Individual award for her results.

Another very special award was given to Paul Stirling of Ray White Cairns Beaches and Smithfield.

The Life Member Award was given to Mr Stirling for his 33 years of service to the group.

Ray White Queensland director Tony Warland thanked Mr Stirling for his years of service.

“Starting in 1990 then in 1995 he opened his first of many businesses for Ray White in the Cairns region. He became the zone chairperson for north Queensland, and was a rock for many of our members during some torrid natural disasters.”

The final award of the night was also very special and so it was with great pride that David Bell, Principal of Ray White Rockhampton, was named as the prestigious Max White Award winner for 2021/22.

For the last 42 years the Max White prize has been awarded to a member of the Ray White Group in Queensland who embodies the values of the group. What makes a Max White prize winner? It’s when extraordinary people just keep doing extraordinary things.

Source: Ray White Group

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