Ray White Balwyn Principal Helen Yan was named the number one principal for the fourth year in a row.
More than 2,000 members tuned in online for the annual Ray White Victoria and Tasmania awards last night to celebrate the top offices and individual achievers throughout the leading network.
Ray White Victoria and Tasmania CEO Stephen Dullens said while he was sad that the network was unable to come together in person, recognising top performers was such an important part of the group’s culture.
“Over the last two years we’ve had a stack of challenges thrown at us, and so much has changed. But at the same time, much remains the same – the exceptional performance of our members right across Victoria and Tasmania,” Mr Dullens said.
“Also unchanged is the strong growth of our business in the last 12 months, our achievements in context of the rest of the real estate industry and our unwavering desire to do whatever we need to do to get the best possible outcomes for our customers.
“There’s no doubt real estate in Melbourne and Victoria has been more challenging than anywhere else across Australia and New Zealand.
“Despite this, we’ve collectively achieved some amazing outcomes in 2021 and I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate with you all.”
Mr Dullens listed the network’s achievements over the past financial year, including 13,303 properties sold, totalling nearly $9 billion worth in sales and the first $1 billion sales month in Ray White Victoria and Tasmania history in March, which the network then achieved again in May.
“Whether it was online auctions, virtual inspections, sight-unseen sales, working from home, in the media, advocating for our customers or just rolling up our sleeves and getting the job done – we produced some amazing results. Just when our customers needed us the most,” he said.
“Ray White are proudly market leaders across Victoria and Australia in both sales and property management – a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our members.”
Getting down to the awards, the top performer in terms of settled commission and number of settled sales for 2020-21 in Victoria was Ben Thomas (pictured above with his sales team) of Ray White Ferntree Gully, who took out the top individual spot for the fifth year in a row.
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.
The powerhouse Ray White Ferntree Gully business also once again took out the top overall office spot in Victoria for the fifth year in a row.
Meanwhile, leading agent Ray White Balwyn principal Helen Yan was named as the number one principal of the 2020-21 year, for the fourth year in a row.
Fergus Torpy was named as the Top Regional Performer based on settled commission at the state awards, while Ray White Phillip Island was named as the Top Regional Office across Victoria for the year.
Sam Johnston of Ray White Hobart took home the plaque for the Top Sales Agent in Tasmania, while the Hobart business won the top accolade as an office.
This year, the prestigious CEO’s Cup award went to Dominic Belfiore of Ray White Werribee. The CEO’s Cup celebrates an individual that has made a significant contribution to the wider Ray White Group.
Mr Dullens said it wasn’t necessarily recognised in sales results or market share, but in what an individual or group of people are able to contribute back to their colleagues and peers.
“Having been part of our group in a number of different ways for the last decade, recently this person made the decision to return to business ownership,” he said.
“Since that time, he has assisted countless principals, sales agents and property managers – sharing his knowledge, providing training and assisting with systems and structures. This is in the form of literally hundreds of calls, meetings and training sessions.
“At the same time, the results within Ray White Werribee have been nothing but spectacular. With his two business partners Michelle Chick and Robert Krnjeta, Dom has achieved significant growth to now run one of the leading real estate businesses in the western suburbs of Melbourne, across any brand.
“The growth in people, increased market share, growing rent roll and becoming a business of attraction takes time, energy and commitment.
“And while the results within the business across the whole team have been exceptional, it is Dom’s contribution and generosity outside his core office that makes him an extremely worthy recipient of this award.”
The Sales Rising Star award, which recognises the newest talent in the network, was won by Alex Krnjeta from Ray White Werribee. Tessa Dayman of Ray White Warrnambool won the award for Sales Associate/PA of the Year.
Ray White Southbank took home the Property Management Team of the Year award, while Vanessa Lau of Ray White Glen Waverley took out Property Manager of the Year. Joint winners for the Property Management Business Development Manager of the year award went to Danijela Pekic from Ray White Epping and Sarah Cincotta from Ray White Glen Waverley.
The individual award for Property Marketing Excellence went to Hugh Francis of Ray White Forest Hill for the campaign of 8 Olivette Ave, Upper Ferntree Gully, while Ray White Bayswater took out the award for sales office with the best marketing. Ray White Frankston took home the gong for community service and contribution to the local community.
Powerhouse Ray White Glen Waverley also won the award for the top auction office, while Daniel Diamantopoulos (pictured above left with sales assistant Phil Betteley) of the Ray White Craigieburn team received the Excellence in Auction award for an individual. The Administrator of the Year was Ray White Southbank’s Dongmei Liu.
Tess Maxwell of Ray White Rowville won the Loan Market Best Referring Individual for Loan Value award, while the Best Referring Office award went to Ray White Ferntree Gully. Eric Zhang, Debbie Brettoner and Matt Doyle of Ray White Berwick were honoured with the Business Achievement award.
Source: Ray White Group