Ray White Queensland had eight billion reasons to celebrate at its annual awards night in Brisbane at the weekend, where several of the top awards went to industry stalwarts who had dominated their categories for years.
The group notched up more than $8 billion in residential property sales across more than 14,000 transactions in 2018-19 and listed over 20,000 properties for the period – more than its two closest competitors combined.
Broadbeach agent Sam Guo was awarded the number one sales performer for the group for the fifth year in a row, and was also named in the top five international sales performers for the Ray White Queensland group.
“I am so thrilled by what we have accomplished over the past five years, and being the top agent for five years in a row takes is a lot of commitment and hard work but the recognition and messages from the CEO and the family have made this so worthwhile,” Mr Guo said.
“I’m so humbled and pumped at the same time. I wouldn’t and couldn’t be here without all the support and trust from our A team, office and Ray White corporate and, more importantly, our valued clients.”
Ray White Surfers Paradise Group was awarded the number one office in Queensland for settled commission and total number of sales for an incredible 27th year in a row.
Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said he was delighted to receive the accolade after a challenging year for everyone in the property industry.
“The industry is going through a significant transformation and I am thrilled that Ray White is at the forefront of that industry transformation and I look forward to continually providing the very best results for our clients moving forward,” Mr Bell said.
“Our market share has continued to grow year on year and we are blessed to have attracted the very best salespeople in the industry. We are excited about the year ahead.
“We are thrilled to see improvement in all areas and the real estate market getting back to some normality.”
Ray White Surfers Paradise also won property management team of the year and was recognised in the commercial space where they were named the number one leasing office and number two international sales office.
Ray White New Farm principal Haesley Cush was awarded the prestigious Max White Award for 2019 – a prize that for the past 39 years has been awarded to a member of the Ray White Group in Queensland.
Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland said Mr Cush was a son of the company and revered as a true leader.
“Of course he started with us when his mother originally owned a Ray White office,” Mr Warland said.
“His compassion and empathy extends beyond the company’s needs as he is always available to assist in charitable events and has the most beautiful life with his wife Aleesha and three young children.”
Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson won the top principal in terms of residential sales award for 2018-19, while Sonya Treloar of Ray White Bridgeman Downs Albany Creek won the top salesperson award for total number of sales.
The Ray White New Farm team took home the profile of courage for their consistent efforts helping their community; Ray White Whitsunday Principal Mark Beale won the profile of courage for his leadership; and Larry Malan of Ray White Broadbeach/Mermaid Beach took home profile of courage for revolution and innovation.
Neil Mundy of Ray White Ipswich won the gong for service excellence; Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm won the excellence in marketing – property profile award; and Jackson Paradise was awarded for his excellence in marketing – personal profile; and Janelle Tanielu of Ray White Bracken Ridge won administrator of the year.
Ray White Sherwood/Graceville was named for its excellence in auction. Ray White Queensland conducted 33 per cent (up from 31 per cent the year before) of all the auctions held in Queensland, but a highlight was conducting over 64 per cent of all auctions in the Brisbane city area.
Mr Warland congratulated the winners and thanked every one of the 4200 people who make up the leading network in the state.
“To administrators, property managers, PAs and assistants, salespeople, managers and business owners for all of the hard work that you do and the support that you give each other and, of course, the brand,” Mr Warland said.
He also thanked all 95 business owners for their contribution to the group.
In 2018-2019 Ray White Queensland had 143 members qualify in the Premier status and 45 members qualify for the Alan White Elite. In the category of the Chairman’s Elite – those who write in excess of $1.25 million in fees and/or 120 sales – the Queensland network had six members achieve this level.