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Ray White Victoria and Tasmania celebrates 2019 winners

Ray White Ferntree Gully has made it a double hat-trick, taking out both top gongs at the network’s Victoria and Tasmania State Awards.

More than 1,000 guests attended the annual awards night at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, with agent Ben Thomas awarded the individual prize for highest settled commission for the third year running. Mr Thomas had a stellar career as an accomplished Melbourne chef before he followed his heart into real estate and quickly became a dominant sales force. 

And he wasn’t the only one celebrating at his office: Ray White Ferntree Gully won the top overall office spot in Victoria, also for the third year in a row.

Several other agents and offices were also celebrating back-to-back wins.

Ray White Balwyn principal Helen Yan was named as the Number One top principal of the year for the second year in a row. She is also the Number Four Top International Principal in the Ray White Group. Ms Yan was recently crowned as the top female agent in the country in the REB Top 50 Women in Real Estate ranking for 2019.

Damian Portaro, of Ray White Mildura, was named as the Top Regional Performer based on settled commission for the second year in a row, while Ray White Ballarat was named as the Top Regional Office in Victoria and Tasmania for 2018-19, also for the second year.

Once again, agent Rebecca Owens of Ray White Hobart dominated the sales awards and took home the plaque for the Top Performer in Tasmania, while her office Ray White Hobart won the top accolade as an office, once again. Paul Ringeri of Ray White Cranbourne won the award for the Top Exclusive Performer in terms of settled sales for 2018-19. 

This year the CEO’s Cup award – recognising the recipient for having an extraordinary year of growth and commitment to their business, while also celebrating their contribution to the company – was awarded to Mete Karan and Ziya Koksal of Ray White Glenroy.

The Sales Rising Star award – which recognises the youngest talent in the network – was won by Austen Kosasih from Ray White Southbank who was named the top sales rising star, while Juanita Bryant of Ray White Swan Hill was named as the property management rookie of the year. Cameron Knoll of Ray White Mt Evelyn won the award for PA of the Year. 

Ray White Ballarat took home a lot of gongs including Property Management Team of the year plus Top Exclusive Sales Office, while Joshua Caligiuri of Ray White Bundoora took out Property Manager of the Year. Ray White Oakleigh was named the Property Management Business of the Year.

Danijela Pekic of Ray White Epping was named Property Management Business Development Manager of the Year, while Chloe Holt of Ray White Ferntree Gully was named Property Management Team Leader of the Year. 

The individual award for Marketing Excellence went to Erhan Kalistu of Ray White Glenroy, while Ray White Ferntree Gully took out the award for sales office with the best marketing. Ray White Warrnambool won the gong for its community service.

Powerhouse office Glen Waverley also won the award for the top auction office in terms of settled sales, as well the award for administration team of the year while Ray White Ballarat won Top Exclusive Sales Office-Settled Sales.

Steven Yuen of Ray White Forest Hill won Novice Auctioneer of the Year, while the Senior Auctioneer of the Year award went to Tom Grieve of Ray White Carnegie.

Arjun Chandaka of Ray White Glenroy was named Lead Generator of the Year, while Zac Boothroyd of Ray White Lara was the winner of the Office/Operations Manager of the Year award. Bronwyn Shiel of Ray White Croydon won the award for Front of House Manager of the Year.

Property Management Customer Satisfaction Office of the Year went to Ray White Wodonga, while Cassy Prouse of Ray White Ferntree Gully won the Customer Care Individual of the Year award.

Ray White Frankston won the award for best presented office in 2018-19. Andrew Bellino and Carlo Gargano of Ray White Craigburn were honoured with the Business Achievement award. 

Ray White Victorian and Tasmanian CEO Stephen Dullens reminded everyone at the event that the leading real estate business helped more families achieve their great Australian dream than any other brand.

“Together, we represent the most successful real estate brand within the country. Our collective strength is worth so much more than the individual parts, and we’re committed to doing whatever we can to support each and every one of you. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” Mr Dullens said.

“As a group we were focused on fantastic customer outcomes well before it became trendy, dating all the way back to 1902.”

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