RE/MAX Australia announced its top performers for 2016 at a gala event held at Brisbane City Hall this month (16th February) and celebrated an exceptional year of growth and innovation.
Keeping with tradition, the network’s ultimate individual honour, The Eagle Award, was the final announcement for the evening, with Murray Carter, broker-owner of RE/MAX Regency the 2017 recipient.
RE/MAX Regency on the Gold Coast was one office in the network that shone brightest through 2016, with RE/MAX Managing Director Michael Davoren bestowing it the highest business accolade, the Pinnacle Enterprise Award, which is based on overall sales and property management performance in a 12-month period. The office also collected Top Office Awards in both transaction and commission categories, and Property Management Team of the Year.
RE/MAX Advantage, Wynnum/Manly, and RE/MAX Ultimate, Burpengary/Murrumba Downs, shared the multi-office awards for transaction sides and settled commissions respectively.
Other winning 2016 individual and team performances were Todd Gerhardt RE/MAX Advantage (Wynnum) for Top Sales Associate, in a repeat performance; Top Sales Teams awards for the Mark Cheney Team, RE/MAX Ultimate and Dave Neilson Team, RE/MAX Bayside Properties; Top Sales Growth for RE/MAX Success, Toowoomba, and Vincent Golf from RE/MAX Property Specialists, Dandenong and the Wynnum RE/MAX Advantage office was named Most Productive.
RE/MAX Victory, Caboolture won both Property Management Growth awards for number of managements and percentage growth, while Katie Knight from RE/MAX Success was named Property Manager of the Year.
Auction awards went to Ray Murphy of RE/MAX Real Estate Services, Cairns, and RE/MAX Partners, Hervey Bay. Paul Gaffney, RE/MAX Executives, Holland Park, took the Auctioneer of the Year title.
RE/MAX Advantage and RE/MAX Partners won the top recruiting awards, both offices growing their sales team significantly through 2016.
Ray Murphy from Cairns was named Young Sales Associate of the Year and Dan Elliott from RE/MAX Results, Morningside claimed Rookie of the Year.
RE/MAX Bayside Properties’ Michelle Marshall won Personal Assistant of the Year and Megan Dempsey from RE/MAX Success won Office Support Person of the Year.
With strong competition, two offices shared the Special Achievement in Marketing Award, RE/MAX Advantage and Sandgate’s RE/MAX Property Shop. Rob Levy from RE/MAX Excellence in Townsville claimed the individual category for this award.
Many sales associates were awarded special club status through six tiers, including six attaining the highest of Diamond level representing more than $1million in commissions or 250 closed transactions during 2016.
Denver-based Cheryl Luster, RE/MAX LLC Senior Consultant, Global Development, who is part of the team supporting RE/MAX success through more than 100 countries, announced three International Lifetime Achievement Awards – Shirley Mapp, Dave Neilson and Bruce Hutchison – and four International Hall of Fame inductees – Roxanne Workman, Lee Southerland, Stuart Legg and Jerri Harrison Taylor – when she joined the awards proceedings as a special guest.
Mr Davoren said RE/MAX globally celebrated its 44th year this year.
“As our Australian network continues to grow, it is important to celebrate our point-of-difference,” he said, “and give every customer a truly stand-out real estate experience.
“As agents, we must be immensely valuable and profitable for the customer. We want to surpass expectations not merely satisfy.
‘RE/MAX will invest millions in its technology and marketing, but it’s our top performing agents who are serious about doing things better that make all the difference because they are the RE/MAX front line. They shape the future.
“The RE/MAX mission statement is direct and to the point: to be the worldwide real estate leader, achieving our goals by helping others to achieve theirs, and RE/MAX Australia is the right place for real estate entrepreneurs who want a combination of independence, support and unmatched competitive advantages,” he concluded.
For the second year, the RE/MAX Australia annual awards gala featured a very special and unique Make-A-Wish Australia fundraiser, a wish auction, a chance to help make a real wish come true.
Competition was fierce as the bids came in for the priceless item, and when the Auctioneer of the Year Paul Gaffney’s hammer fell the crowd of almost 600 applauded the winning group-bid from RE/MAX Regency, RE/MAX Bayside Properties and RE/MAX Advantage. The wish, plus two other auction items, raised a total of $20,000 through the charity auction.
The gala awards event concluded the day of the RE/MAX Australia Rally, which celebrated the theme of ‘Power of the past. Force of the Future.’
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