REIACT Awards 2020: All the winners

The Australian Capital Territory’s real estate sector came together over the weekend to celebrate “a year that has changed the way real estate has had to be done”.

During the ceremony, Real Estate Institute of ACT Deputy President, Stan Platis, announced the unanimous election of Hannah Gill as the new REIACT President.

“We are very excited to have Hannah at the helm of the Institute,” Mr Platis said, “and look forward to her leadership and representation of industry, especially working with the new look ACT Government”.

Mr Platis also paid tribute to Michael Kumm, who resigned his tenure as President of the REIACT after close to 25 years board service and 40 years in the industry.

“He was instrumental in many major changes to our industry, including the delivery of the 1997 Residential Tenancy Act and the Mr Fluffy Buy Back Scheme implementation,” Mr Platis said. 

“This year, our Awards for Excellence have showcased the adaption, innovation, and education the real estate sector has had to undertake to meet the challenges that COVID-19 created for our members,” outgoing REIACT President, Michael Kumm said. 

“As late as June this year, the institute was still unsure as to whether the awards would even go ahead, but tonight we were able to present 21 awards in front of 170 guests, at an event limited to only nominees for the first time in 26 years of our awards history.” 

“I would like to congratulate all our winners and also commend all the finalists. As in past years, it was an exceptionally strong and tight field.

“The criteria period for this years’ awards was extended to enable nominees to illustrate the COVID-19 impact until the end of September. 

“A highlight of the evening was the induction into the REIACT Hall of Fame for Colliers International ACT for Commercial Agency of the Year 2017, 2018, and 2019.”

Check out all the winners, below.

REIACT 2020 Winners

Rookie of the Year: Angus Baker – Sentia Real Estate

Property Marketer of the Year: Jonny Warren – White Rhino Property

Commercial Property Manager of the Year: Phillip Parker – Colliers International ACT

Commercial Salesperson of the Year: Guy Randell – Burgess Rawson

Commercial Agency of the Year: Sentia Real Estate

Community Service Award: Blackshaw Gungahlin

Innovation Award: Capital Buyers Agency

Operational Support Person of the Year: Alison Austen – LJ Hooker Gungahlin

Residential Property Management Team of the Year: Independent Property Management

Public Housing Sector Property Manager of the Year: John Mazengarb – Housing ACT, Community Services Directorate, ACT

Government Project Property Marketer of the Year: Burgess Rawson

Small Residential Agency of the Year: Ashby Partners Real Estate

Residential Property Manager of the Year: Melissa Escreza – Ashby Partners

Real Estate Solicitor of the Year: Megan North – Megan North Lawyers

Business Development Manager of the Year: Susan Weaver – LJ Hooker Canberra City

Operational Leadership Person of the Year: Zoe Ferrari – CBRE Canberra

Buyers’ Agent of the Year: Claire Corby – Capital Buyers Agency

Large Residential Agency of the Year: Belle Property Kingston

Residential Sales Team of the Year: Our Team – Mark, Aaron & Tania – Independent Inner North and City

Residential Salesperson of the Year: Maria Selleck – Maria Selleck Properties

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Nathan Jolly

Nathan Jolly was an in-house journalist with Elite Agent. He worked with the company from July 2020 to December 2020.