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REINSW crowns its 2020 award winners

The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales has recognised outstanding achievements, crowning the winners of its 2020 REINSW Awards for Excellence.

Now into its third decade, the REINSW Awards for Excellence is the most prestigious and respected industry awards event in New South Wales, recognising the best, bravest and brightest work across the real estate industry.

REINSW President Leanne Pilkington said the 2020 Awards for Excellence were bigger than ever despite the COVID-19 pandemic and this year the event delivered in a virtual format in response to social distancing rules.

“We were astonished by the number of entrants into the Awards for Excellence this year. We received the highest number of entries ever which is even more gratifying as entrants were also simultaneously dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Pilkington said.

“We were proud to be able to continue with the annual awards despite the pandemic and to fully honour our winners. Taking the event online was an exciting new adventure and as a result we were able to celebrate with members all over NSW as they tuned in from their homes and offices to join us for a fun and entertaining evening.

“Each year the calibre of entrants never ceases to amaze – with so much talent out there, it’s exciting to see the industry go from strength to strength.

“With so many deserving nominees, choosing the top professional and agency for each category, was extremely tough.

“Those who received a winner’s trophy should be incredibly proud of their achievement,” says Ms Pilkington.

This year the REINSW handed out 11 agency and 12 individual category awards.

Madeline Freemantle from Leah Jay took out the brand-new Business Development Manager award.

The proudly renamed Tim Anderson OAM Residential Property Manager award (in honour of a much-loved member of REINSW) went to Maria Eveleigh from Richardson & Wrench.

The Residential Salesperson gong was awarded to Mechlenne Douaihy from Merc Real Estate and Joshua Crealy from Highland Property Agents was named Commercial Salesperson of the year.

The Individual Achievement award was given to Kristy-Elizabeth Parker from Kitty & Miles and the Buyers’ Agency of the year went to Propertybuyer.

The most prestigious award of the night, the Woodrow Weight Award, was awarded to Lynette Kimball for her outstanding contribution to the real estate industry.

“Lynette has never shied away from a challenge or a difficult situation and her unswerving belief that what she was doing was always going to be right by everyone.

“She is such an inspiring, valued and respected member of the profession and a well-deserved recipient,” Ms Pilkington said.

The REINSW Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner was held as a virtual event due to COVID restrictions on Friday, 30 October 2020.

2020 REINSW Awards for Excellence Winners

Woodrow Weight Award
Lynette Kimball

Kristy-Elizabeth Parker, Kitty & Miles

Clarence White, Menck White Auctioneers

Business Development Manager
Madeline Freemantle, Leah Jay

Buyers’ Agent
Amanda Gould, HighSpec Properties

Buyers’ Agency

Commercial Property Manager
Kaila Conklin, CBRE

Commercial Salesperson
Joshua Crealy – Highland Property Agents

Commercial Agency – Small
LJ Hooker Commercial South Sydney

Commercial Agency – Large


Ayre Real Estate

John Greig OAM Community Service
Neil Webster, Stone Real Estate Illawarra

Operational Leadership
Troy Pinder, McGrath Sawtell

Operational Support
Caitlin Ellis, Di Jones Real Estate

Property Marketer
Braden Walters, Belle Property Byron Bay/Lennox Head

Rural Marketer
Jamie Inglis, Inglis Rural Property

Tim Anderson OAM Residential Property Manager
Maria Eveleigh, Richardson & Wrench Hurlstone Park

Residential Property Management Team
Raine & Horne Newtown

Residential Salesperson
Mechlenne Douaihy – Merc Real Estate

Residential Sales Team
Morton Real Estate

Real Estate Agency – Small
SJ Shooter Real Estate

Real Estate Agency – Medium
Warburton Estate Agents

Real Estate Agency – Large
Highland Property Agents

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