Everyone has a next level: RE/MAX top performers unite at industry forum in New Zealand

“Mission possible” was the theme of the RE/MAX high performers forum this year which was held in Queenstown, New Zealand. Seventy RE/MAX members from Australia and New Zealand gathered for three days of networking and learning at the invitation-only event for top performers.

Michael Davoren, RE/MAX Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, said technology was a recurring theme at the forum.

Speakers included Steve Carroll, Head of Sales at, who spoke on technology innovation as a tool for potential buyers; and Charlie Hislop from Trade Me.

“Ironically, filming of Mission Impossible 6 was underway in nearby Glenorchy, but I don’t believe anybody came away with Tom’s autograph,” said Mr Davoren.

Keynote speaker was Christophe Barriere-Varju, who became a National Motocross Champion as the age of 18 and a five-time consecutive winner of the African Motocross des Nations.

Mr Barriere-Varju’s consulting practice, BvW Global, advises Australian Government agencies and large corporations in Complex Procurement, while also implementing performance management frameworks.

The guest speaker was Michael Joseph, sales associate at RE/MAX Cayman Islands, and one of the top ten agents of more than 110,000 in the RE/MAX global network. Born and raised in the Cayman Islands, Mr Joseph is recognised for a caring approach and business model that brings wisdom and clarity to clientele who are otherwise disoriented in a forever changing real estate market.

Key takeaways from the forum included:

  • Everyone has a next level. Make sure yours is upwards.
  • Push yourself beyond your comfort zone… continuously.
  • Don’t aim to be perfect; aim to be real.
  • Three musts for business success: need for speed in responsiveness; personalisation; and perfecting the digital interview
  • The customer experience is paramount. Content is everything. Content can be augmented by technology but the technology must be part of the process.

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Azal Khan

Azal Khan was a in-house features writer for Elite Agent Magazine.