2021 Ray White Awards Night
We celebrated in style at The Osborne Rooftop & Bar in South Yarra.
Congratulations to all our award winners, finalists, and nominees!
Top Victoria and Tasmania Salespeople Settled Commission Winner – Ben Thomas
Top Victoria and Tasmania Salespeople Number of Sales Winner – Ben Thomas
Top Victoria and Tasmania Office Settled Commission Winner – Ferntree Gully
Property Management Customer Satisfaction Office of the Year Winner – Ferntree Gully
Year on Year Growth Finalist – Rene Mawad
Best Referring Office (Loan Market) – Ferntree Gully
Office Operations Manager of the Year Finalist – Tania Cek
Office Operations Manager of the Year Nominee – Verity Butler
Property Management Business Development Business of The Year Finalist – Ferntree Gully
Property Management Business Finalist – Ferntree Gully
Property Management Rookie of the Year Finalist – Samantha Wilson
Property Management Rookie of the Year Nominee – Trinead Carroll
Property Management Rookie of the Year Nominee – Ashleigh Doherty
Property Management Team of the Year Nominee – Ferntree Gully
Property Management Team Leader Nominee – Demi Horsley
Property Management Team Leader Nominee – Joanna Turner
Business Development Manager of the Year Finalist – Jenny Bolch
Business Development Manager of the Year Nominee – Sarah Fisher
Business Development Manager of the Year Nominee – Danielle Korosa
Property Manager of the Year Nominee – Demi Horsley
Property Manager of the Year Nominee – Katrina McLoughlin
Property Manager of the Year Nominee – Hannah Taylor
Property Manager of the Year Nominee – Joanna Turner
Sales Associate/PA of the Year Nominee – Mary Drivas
Sales Associate/PA of the Year Nominee – Maddison Pierce
Sales Associate/PA of the Year Nominee – Ilga Kelly
Rising Star of the Year Finalist – Jack Rickard
Rising Star of the Year Nominee – Vinu Udwatta
Senior Auctioneer of the Year Finalist – Blayze Fatchen
Senior Auctioneer of the Year Finalist – Rene Mawad
Community Service Finalist – Ferntree Gully
Customer Care Team of Year Nominee – Cassy Prouse & Kellie Zsiga
Clients Choice Top 5 Office – Ferntree Gully
Ray White Ferntree Gully Awarded Ray White Victoria/Tasmania Number 1 Office 5th Year in a Row
MORE than 2,000 members tuned in online for the annual Ray White Victoria and Tasmania awards on Tuesday 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.
“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 of Ray White Ferntree Gully, who took out the top individual spot for the fifth year in a row.
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.
Q3 guest speaker – Alisa Camplin
On Wednesday we were honoured to have Alisa Camplin speak with us at our Q3 meeting. Alisa is a great friend of Ray White Ferntree Gully and we were so encourgaed and inspired by what she shared with us.
Alisa has spent almost three decades as a record-breaking Olympic champion, hands-on business executive, company director and seasoned business consultant.
She shared about resilience in the workplace & in life and also Finnan’s Gift and how important the donations we make are to the foundation.
To donate to Finnan’s Gift – click here
Alisa’s resilience tool kit can be – found here
Admin Team Trivia Afternoon
Last month our Admin team were treated to an afternoon of trivia and fun! The awesome team at Platter Perfection delivered grazing boxes to each team member to make sure the afternoon was extra special.
Our Director Pat was our host and had some great trivia which the whole team enjoyed.
Q2 guest speaker – Andrew Gaze
On Friday we had the privilege of hearing Andrew Gaze, one of the greatest Australian athletes speak at our Q2 meeting.
Andrew is a phenomenal Australian, with a career spanning many years. He has represented his country at the Olympics. One of his career highlights was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where he was our team captain and flag bearer.
The stories Andrew tells and his true passion for sport, life and his country is infectious. Whilst we would have loved to meet Andrew in person, the snap lockdown wasn’t going to stop us meeting him virtually!
Partners and Associate’s Trip 2021 – Port Douglas
Quarter 1 2021 Guest Speaker
On Tuesday we had the amazing and inspiring Jelana Dokic come and talk to our team.
Jelana’s story both on and off the court is nothing short of remarkable.
Jelana spoke to us about her wins on the court as well as the terrible abuse she suffered for over 20 years at the hands of her father. Her story is about survival and that with each fall we need to get back up and try again.
The team were left astonished by her raw honesty and were left inspired by her.
Rewarding our team!
This week we headed into the CBD to thank those in our team who have referred new employees to our business.
The team were treated to an afternoon at Icebar Melbourne followed by lunch at Lucy Liu. It was such a fun day and a great opportunity for the team to not only get back into the CBD but to get to know one another more.
If you haven’t been into our wonderful city lately or are looking for something new to do, we highly recommend the IceBar. Such a cool expereince!
Christmas celebrations with Ray White Ferntree Gully
The team celebrated the end of the year, which has seen such hard work and dedication from everyone on the team, with a fantastic Christmas party at The Farm Yarra Valley.
Whilst the weather was not Melbourne’s finest, the team still enjoyed playing lawn games & catching up with team members they hadn’t seen face to face for more than 9 months.
The team celebrated the year that was 2020 with great food, great music and most importantly great company.
Ray White Ferntree Gully supporting our local community
Ray White Social Club keeping social during COVID-19
Last week our social club participated in a Murder Mystery zoom! Each of us were a chosen character with a different personality and traits.
We had to ask each other questions and figure out who had murdered the Mayor.
What a fun night thanks to Amazing Co for hosting!
Ray White Ferntree Gully Awarded Ray White Victoria/Tasmania Number 1 Office
At the highly competitive Ray White Victoria/Tasmania annual awards, local agency, Ray White Ferntree Gully, was ranked the number 1 office in the state.
Recognising performance based on settled commission, the top 20 offices in the Ray White Victoria/Tasmania network were awarded.
Ray White Ferntree Gully principal, Patrick McConnachie, said being named among the best performing businesses in the Ray White Group was a huge honour.
“We are so thrilled – every member of our team has worked extraordinarily hard and it is so wonderful to be recognised as one of the best performing offices not only in the state, but within the Ray White Group.
“This award not only recognises the success of the past year, it is also great motivation to work even harder in the coming year,” Patrick said.
Ray White Managing Director Dan White said the rankings illustrated the energy within the Group.
“It fills me with immense pride every year when our state awards are announced and our businesses are recognised – to see so many performing so well within the group can be put down to hard work and dedication.
“So many of our offices are achieving and exceeding personal bests. Some exciting results for our group overall,” Mr White said.
Ray White Ferntree Gully working together through COVID-19.
Whilst we have had to keep apart we have done so much to keep our team together.
Over the past few months we have really focused on our team. Ensuring that we keep in close contact with each other through daily team meetings, weekly team catch ups, virtual Friday night drinks and monthly whole office virtual meetings. Mental health and wellbeing has been a large focus for us, we have completed regular check in survey’s so we can see just what our team needs to make sure we all get through this strange time together.
Even though we can’t all be in the office to celebrate milestones and birthdays, this hasn’t stopped us!
We have delivered over 40 lots of donuts for staff birthdays, sent 19 pizzas for our weekly best practice winners, sent 18 gifts to say thanks to our team members, held a walk a thon which saw our participants walk the equvilant of Melbourne to Darwin & continued to utilise our staff Facebook page to complete over 50 Guess Who’s, colouring competitions, brain teasers and get to know you questions.
Ray White Ferntree Gully celebrates Mothers Day.
Whilst most of our team couldn’t spend time with their Mums this Mothers Day we still wanted our Mums to feel the love on their special day.
International High Five Day!
Whilst our team are all working from home we still love to celebrate fun International days.
This week we celebrated International High Five Day with some virtual high fives from the team!
Ray White Ferntree Gully – Social Club Axe Throwing
Before social distancing was in place our social club went down to MANIAX Axe Throwing in Abbotsford for their monthly night out.
Axe Throwing was an activity no one had ever experienced before and they all loved it!
What an awesome night!!
Kicking off 2020!
Last week we were lucky enough to have Lauren Burns, Olympic Gold medalist speak with our team. Lauren shared her stories about her time competing for Australia, taught us some Taekwondo, as well as strategies for us to get the best out of the year ahead. Thank you Lauren for kicking off our year with a bang!
Ray White Ferntree Gully Team Celebrate 2019!
In late December our team celebrated the year that was 2019 with a boat cruise down the Yarra River. With live music on the boat helping to get the celebrations started the team then disembarked at Riverland – The Vaults where they enjoyed the remainder of the day. The day was filled with fun, laughter, good food and drinks. Check out our video of the day!
Congratulations to our Property Management Team
Our Property Management team were treated to lunch at Lucy Liu in Melbourne CBD last week for achieving their quarterly target. Congratulations team!!
Social Club Outing
Our Social Club enjoyed dinner at Okami in Wantirna. The team feasted on all you can eat dumplings, sushi and all things Japanese. The Social Club have regular events ranging from dinners, movie nights, snow trip and comedy nights.
Our Property Management team were treated to an exciting and well-deserved reward trip to Sydney. This reward was for hitting their set targets for the year.
The team arrived at Watsons Bay where they started with lunch at Doyles on the beach.
They were then whisked over to Luna Park on a water taxi where they enjoyed dinner at O-Bar & Dining.
On Sunday some of the team completed the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb whilst others decided to relax with a massage at Endota Spa.
2015 Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb!
Ray White speed dating session
With growing teams at Ferntree Gully, Bayswater, Commercial and Loan Market, we thought it best to hold a “getting to know each other” speed dating session. This morning the team of 70 took a seat not knowing what was to come. With everyone set and timers ready, it was then announced that they would speed date (get to know) each other for 1.5 minutes with each person before moving to the next member. To help them along, there were 20 questions up on a projector and pinned up around the room to help as conversation starters. Questions included “What is your biggest fear?”, “If you were a super hero, what power would you have?”. With some very amusing answers and some great in depth conversations, the team feel like they know each other a lot better. A great team bonding exercise and a very fun morning.
There were celebrations all round for the agents of the Ferntree Gully office who made legend status (writing over a certain amount in commission) for the year 2014. The day started with enjoying the views at breakfast from level 35 at Sofitel followed by the group heading to their first activity at the shooting range! Once they’d had fun with a gun and some lunch they then headed to their 3rd and final activity for the day doing scuba diving in Portsea. Needless to say, the team were all exhausted after a fun and legendary day!
Congrats to the 2014 legends club members: Aaron Clarke, Peter Gindy, Ben Thomas and Patrick McConnachie.
|A new addition to the Ferntree Gully Loan Market team…|
We would like to say a huge congratulations to Ferntree Gully Loan Market broker Daniel Turski and wife Mel for the arrival of their second daughter Cora Belle Turski.
Cora Belle is little sister to Arisah who is already a very proud big sister.
Dan has reported that mum and bub are doing well.
We wish them all the best with the new little addition and the Ferntree Gully team can’t wait for a cuddle!
Ray White Ferntree Gully- silly for a serious cause!
Ray White auctioneer for “Sharing the joy”
– Knox Community Christmas Support.
Last Saturday night, Ray White Ferntree Gully were very proud to help out the Knox Community Christmas support appeal trivia night and launch of the sharing the joy appeal.
Syarif Machfud volunteered his time and skills to call a live auction for some great prizes for the large crowd who gathered at the RAFT Anglican Church in Rowville. The turnout was amazing and the list of items to be auctioned was endless. As well as some great live auction items, there were also numerous silent auction pieces which were a big hit with the crowd. The night raised an amazing $4,800 which will go towards purchasing food and toys for the appeal.
Ray White Ferntree Gully support this great cause each year by running a food drive at Christmas time. Staff, clients and the community all collect non-perishable food items and hampers and drop them off at the Ray White Ferntree Gully office. At the start of December, Knox Community Christmas support members collect the food and hampers and distribute them to families in need.
Ray White Ferntree Gully are very proud to be a part of such a great Christmas initiative and we hope this year we can get loads of food rolling in for families doing it tough.