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25 May 2019

National GEM Award Winners Announced in Singapore

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First National Real Estate’s highest achievers were presented with national General Excellence and Marketing Awards at Singapore’s Flower Dome on Friday night. The black-tie awards dinner brought national recognition to Australia’s top 2018 salespeople, property managers and administrators, and attracted more than 300 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

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The peak event on First National’s General Excellence & Marketing Awards calendar capped a year of strategic technology and marketing advances, according to First National Real Estate’s chairman, David Forrest.

‘First National focused on new methods of staff recruitment, induction and professional development throughout 2018’ said Mr Forrest.

‘By recruiting the best possible candidates and providing them with a clear framework for career advancement, we have laid not only the foundations for long-term superior customer service and results, but also appropriate recognition and incentives to set them on a path on continuous improvement’.

On the night the Top 10 Sales Offices in Australia were named:

1. First National Real Estate Byron Bay (NSW) Sales Office of the Year
2. First National Real Estate Newcastle City (The Junction, NSW)
3. First National Real Estate Hunters Hill, Gladesville, Ryde (NSW)
4. First National Real Estate Collie & Tierney (Mildura, Vic)
5. First National Real Estate Hedland (Port Hedland, WA)
6. First National Real Estate Altitude (Warners Bay, NSW)
7. First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland (Bendigo, Vic)
8. First National Real Estate Action Realty Ipswich (Ipswich, Qld)
9. First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise (Qld)
10. First National Real Estate Cleveland (Qld)

Individual salespeople were also recognised on the night, with the Top 10 Salespeople taking home Chairman’s Circle GEM Awards:

1. George Rafty, First National Real Estate Newcastle City (The Junction, NSW) Salesperson of the Year
2. Ryan McCann, First National Real Estate Cleveland (QLD)
3. Rick Hockey, First National Real Estate Hedland (Port Hedland, WA)
4. Jessica Chea, First National Real Estate Waverley City (Glen Waverley, Vic)
5. Su Reynolds, First National Real Estate Byron Bay (NSW)
6. Ruma Mundi, First National Real Estate North Western (Stanhope Gardens, NSW)
7. Brigitte Audet, First National Real Estate Altitude (Warners Bay, NSW)
8. Michael Sleiman, First National Real Estate Daystar (Revesby, NSW)
9. Danielle Mariu, First National Real Estate Hedland (Port Hedland, WA)
10. Jacinta Purvis, First National Real Estate Bathurst (NSW)

The network’s top 10 property management offices were also recognised:

1. First National Real Estate Hedland (Port Hedland, WA) – Property Management Department of the Year
2. First National Real Estate Karratha (WA)
3. First National Real Estate On The Coast (Miami, Qld)
4. First National Real Estate Hills Direct (The Ponds, NSW)
5. First National Real Estate Cairns Central (Parramatta Park, Qld)
6. First National Real Estate Stanton & Taylor (Penrith, NSW)
7. First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland (Bendigo, Vic)
8. First National Real Estate Kalgoorlie (WA)
9. First National Real Estate Copas Newnham Property Services (Toowoomba, Qld)
10. First National Real Estate Hall & Partners (Dandenong, Vic)

Mick Daniele of First National Real Estate Westpoint (Horsley Park, NSW) was named Residential Property Manager of the Year and Roger Tebeck of First National Real Estate Framptons (Alice Springs, NT) was awarded Commercial Property Manager of the Year.

First National Real Estate Hedland (Port Hedland, WA) took home Commercial Property Management Department of the Year.

Erin Kanisek of First National Real Estate Mudgee (NSW)was named Property Manager Rookie of the Year and Brody Willis from First National Real Estate Goulburn (NSW) was named Sales Rookie of the Year.

Jessica Swain of First National Real Estate Rayner (Bacchus Marsh, Vic) was named Administrator of the Year and Cloe Storer of First National Real Estate Warragul (Vic) was named Receptionist of the Year.


Michael Gray from First National Real Estate Nerang (Qld) received the network’s highest honour, the Kaye Heath Memorial Award, in recognition of his long-term dedication to the network’s Qld Regional Council.

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Issued by: First National Real Estate

For further information contact:

Stewart Bunn, National Communications Manager, First National Real Estate

0413 624 317

Tags: first national real estate, General Excellence & Marketing Awards, first national byron bay, george rafty, hedland

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