National awards testament to dedication and hard-work

First National Group has honoured its brightest real estate stars in its annual national awards.

The dedication shown by the offices is highlighted by Stratford-based Owen Mills who took out six prized awards, after providing great service to his clients while recovering from a hip replacement.

Mr Mills is owner of First National Allied Farmers, which won a further four awards, including office of the year (in the six-10 salespeople category) and top auction office.

Becoming known as a rural real estate expert that always delivers is Mr Mills’ winning formula.

“The hip replacement made me feel 20 again,” Mr Mills adds.

For the 15th consecutive year Gillian Cross has taken out the top sales consultant award. The Churton Park real estate agent also won the top residential salesperson award and had the top dollar value of confirmed sales for the group.

“This is a highly sought after award and being top sales consultant for 15 years is a testament to Gillian’s continued professional approach to everything she does and to her knowledge of the marketplace,” says Paul Coltart, owner of First National Guardian.
“Gillian celebrated her 20th anniversary and continues to achieve outstanding results because of her strong work ethic and genuine interest in her clients.”

First National offices across the country compete for the yearly national awards, aimed to keep agents striving for excellence and customer satisfaction. This year’s ceremony was held at the First National Australasian Conference on Hamilton Island, Australia.

“This year’s victors all say the cornerstone of their businesses is making clients happy and helping them fulfil their dreams,” says First National Group general manager Colleen Milne.

“Deciding to buy or sell a property can be a stressful time but our teams make it a positive experience and achieve our customer’s desired outcomes.”

First National Group’s award winners are:

Top office: Group 1 (1 – 5 salespeople) First National Guardian, Churton Park.

Top office: Group 2 (6 – 10 salespeople) First National Allied Farmers, Stratford.

Top office: Group 3 (11 + salespeople) First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim.

Top property management office: First National Allied Farmers, Hawera.

Property management growth: First National Taupo.

Top rural office: First National Otaki.

Top commercial office: First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru.

Top auction office: First National Allied Farmers, Stratford.

Property Press cup for profile marketing: Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford.

Property Press rookie of the year: David Oldham – First National Waitakere, Auckland.

Next generation award: (salespeople under 30) Stacey Cruse – First National Gore.

Top auction lister: Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford.

Top residential salesperson: Gillian Cross – First National Guardian, Churton Park.

Top rural salesperson: Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford.

Top commercial, industrial and business sales person: Peter Wilson – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru.

Top sections and project marketing award: Mike Murphy – First National Richmond, Nelson.

Top 20 salespeople: (1) Gillian Cross – First National Guardian, Churton Park; (2) Yolanda Atkins – First National Waitakere; (3) Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford; (4) Gillian Quantrill – First National Rutherford, Howick; (5) Mike Murphy – First National Richmond, Nelson; (6) Andrea Church – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim; (7) Bob Brereton – First National Motueka; (8) Arthur Subritzky – First National Now, Auckland; (9) Tony Xu – First National Rutherford, Howick; (10) Raymond Kwan – First National Rutherford, Howick; (11) Mark McLeod – First National Reid and Wilson, Timaru; (12) Jamie Gemmell – First National Western, New Plymouth; (13) Margaret Wilson – First National Mid Canterbury, Ashburton; (14) Kim Fraser – First National Taupo; (15) Grant Robertson – First National Otaki; (16) Kevin Bastin – First National Tauranga; (17) Margaret McKeefry – First National Guardian, Johnsonville; (18) Lee Girvan – First National Western, New Plymouth; (19) Christine Rider – First National Omokoroa; (20) Jill Cole – First National Wanaka.

Top performer of the year winners: Top number of confirmed sales: Gillian Cross – First National Guardian, Churton Park; Top number of confirmed sales (sections & project marketing): Mike Murphy – First National Richmond, Nelson; Top dollar value of confirmed sales: Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford; Top exclusive lister: Rachael de Vries – First National Roper & Jones, Dargaville; Top exclusives sold: Mark McLeod – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru; Top auction lister: Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford; Top gross referral fees generated: Kelly Gooch – First National Wanaka.

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For further comment, please contact:
Colleen Milne, General Manager First National Group, 029 771 0750.

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First National Real Estate Time for Change

After over a quarter of a century in Tauranga, First National Real Estate recognised to continue in today’s competitive market, it was time for change. Such a change involved not only relocation of the National office to Auckland but the restructuring of resources to provide expanded products and services to our membership.

This relocation to Auckland was specifically engineered to increase both presence and brand profile in a business city. Suffice to say, this move, together with the restructuring, has resulted in shaking off the gloom of recent poor market conditions, the global financial crisis and, ultimately, enabled us to focus on adding value and growth to our membership.

The introduction of a vast array of new technology products from First National (Australia) will provide benefits to our sales and property management teams. This is just one of the great benefits of being a part of a 400+ First National International network. Added to this, as a co-operative, our members continue to value their autonomy as they have no big brother watching over them.

A revitalised executive management team lead by general manager Colleen Milne (MBA) has achieved exceptional results largely due to her hands on administrative approach backed by her extensive experience at senior management level. This real estate role is a change of career for Colleen who previously came from a franchising background, “it is a pleasure to work in this co-operative, with such a committed group of members. The members believe in the brand and work together for the good of the membership which is very refreshing” says Colleen Milne.

Under Colleen’s guidance, the restructuring of the National office has seen the introduction of a real estate licensed trainer, a property management trainer as well as a membership services manager who are all focused on delivering products and services to the network’s sales people, property managers and their teams.

Joining the executive, in 2012, was a very technology savvy Chairman of the Board, Bob Brereton whose guidance and expertise is taking the First National brand from strength to strength.

For more information please contact:
Colleen Milne
General Manager
First National Group NZ Ltd
Mobile: 029 771 0750

First National Real Estate New Zealand's General Manager, Colleen Milne

First National Real Estate New Zealand’s General Manager, Colleen Milne

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Lower South Island – Regional Winners

First National’s top regional performers for Southland Region which include Wanaka, Cromwell, Invercargill, Gore, Riverton, Timaru and finally Ashburton are celebrating after being recognized at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says “the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.”

“The achievements of these salespeople are great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and in the performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

Top 10 Regional Sales Consultants Awards

10th   Janine Johnstone – First National Gore
9th     Gordon Stewart – First National Cromwell
8th     Alec Darling – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru
7th     Jenny Wilson – First National Riverton
6th     Richard Savory – First National Invercargill
5th     Peter Wilson – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru
4th     Stacey Cruse – First National Gore
3rd     Jill Cole – First National Wanaka
2nd     Margaret Wilson – First National Mid Canterbury, Ashburton

1st     Mark McLeod – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru

Top 10 regional Sales Consultants - Region 5

Top 10 regional Sales Consultants – Region 5

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities, with vendors and buyers. Building trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne

Jenny Wilson (who sadly passed away suddenly, Christmas 2012) was honored by Bob Brereton( First National Chairman) in a special dedication speech. Bob thanked Jenny for her contribution to the network and as also for being a great friend to many present, she will be sadly missed by all. Jenny was awarded the Platinum Achiever award which recognizes outstanding achievement in sales for 6 consecutive years.

Also celebrated Top Performers on the night was Mark McLeod from First National Reid & Wilson who received; Top Number of Confirmed Sales; Top Exclusives and Top Residential award. Mark was also recognized for his exceptional achievement in sales over the last 8 consecutive years.

Top Office: Awards in Group 1 ( 1 -5 consultants) was awarded to First National Gore. First National Gore also received the Top Rural Office award. “This is an outstanding achievement for our new members in First National Gore, Tara and Graham Maxwell” states Colleen Milne.

Top Office Group 2 ( 6 – 10 sales people) was won by First National First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru. Top Commercial Office award was once again won by First National Reid & Wilson.

The Property Management award was awarded to First National Mid Cantebury, Ashburton. While the Top Property Growth award when to the team at First National Invercargill.

 

For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Upper South Island – Regional Winners

First National’s top regional performers for Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Richmond Mouteka, Golden Bay and Christchurch regions are celebrating after being recognised at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.

“The achievements of these salespeople are great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and in the performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

 TOP SALES CONSULTANT IN REGION FOUR

10.   Geoff Dentice – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

9.     Greg Jones – First National Motueka

8.    Lorraine Barrett – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

7.     Logan McCosh – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

6.    Ian Fyfe – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

5.    Anne Goodyer – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

4.    Robert Moore – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

3.   Bob Brereton – First National Motueka

2.   Andrea Church – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

1.    Mike Murphy – First National Richmond, Nelson

Top 10 Sales Consultants in Region Four

Top 10 Sales Consultants in Region Four

 

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities,  with vendors and buyers. Building  trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne

First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim celebrated their Top Performers on the night with Andrea Church receiving the award for Top number of confirmed sales; Top exclusive lister; Top exclusives sold and Top residential sales person.

Bob Brererton, the Principle of First National Motueka and Chairman of the First National Board was recognized for his consistency as a high achiever over the last three year with a Platinuim award.

Also recognized for consistency in high performance were Andrea Church and Anne Goodyer receiving Platinum who are both from First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim. Finally, Mike Murphy of First National Richmond was presented for his exceptional performance over the last 19 years within First National.

The TradeMe – Rookie of the Year Award was won by Michael Rea of First National Blenheim. Michael Rae has been licensed in  real estate less than 18 months and has achieved  exceptional results. Michael also received the Next Generation Award – for success in sales awarded to new generation of sales people under 30 years of age.

Top Office: Awards in Group 1 ( 1 -5 consultants)  was awarded to First National Motueka. Top Office: Group 2 ( 6 – 10 sales people) was won by First National Richmond.

First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim also received the Top Rural Office award and the Top Commercial Office award, finally they received the Top Office Award for their category for Group 3 ( 11 + sales consultants)

The Property Management To Office and Property Management Growth Awards were both won by First National Giera Progressive, Christchurch in recognition for their excellence in management and growth. “this achievement is especially significant in view of the difficulties Christchurch and the team at Giera Progressive have endured over the last years” states Colleen Milne.

For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Success in Taranaki /Wellington Region

First National’s top regional performers for the Taranaki / Wellington region are celebrating after being recognised at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.

“The achievements of these salespeople is great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

Award winners for Taranaki / Wellington were:

Top 10 salespeople were:
1. Gillian Cross – First NationalGuardian, Churton Park
2. Owen Mills – First National Allied Farmers, Stratford
3. Jamie Gemmell – First National Western, New Plymouth
4. Grant Robertson – First National Otaki
5. Margaret McKeefry – First National Guardian, Johnsonville
6. Lee Girvan – First National Western, New Plymouth
7. Anil Parbhu – First National Guardian, Johnsonville
8. Grant Longstaff – First National Kapiti Coast, Waikanae
9. Pamela Paterson – First National Allied Farmers, Hawera
10. Andrea Bradley – First National Kapiti Coast, Waikanae

Top 10 Sales Consultants for Region Three

Top 10 Sales Consultants for Region Three

Gillian Cross of First National Guardian, Churton Park also took out the awards as the top performer for the following categories; Top Number of Confirmed Sales; Top Exclusive Lister; Top Exclusives sold and the Top Residential Award. “Gillian continues to be an outstanding performer, which is evident in her receiving First Nationals top achiever category called Platinum for 16 consecutive years” said Colleen Milne.

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities, with vendors and buyers. Building trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne

First National Guardian, Churton Park, Wellington also won the Top Office award for the group of 1-5 offices.First National Allied Farmers in Stratford won Top Office in group two, 6 -10 Sales consultants and finally First National Western won Top Office in group three (11+ sales people).

Owen Mills from First National Allied Farmers, Stratford had a great award night of success also winning Top Dollar Value of Confirmed Sales and Top Auction Lister, Top Property Press Advertising Award and also the Top Rural Award.

Property Management awards were once again won by First National Allied Farmers Hawera. This award recognizes the dedication of the Hawera property managers.

The night was celebrated with a banquet dinner and dance.

For additional comment please contact
Colleen Milne, General Manager
First National Group
(029) 771 0750

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Rotorua’s Top Office Success

First National’s top regional performers for the Central North Island  region are celebrating after being recognised at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.

“The achievements of these sales people is great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

First National Rotorua received the Top Office award, this is a prestigious award that recognizes the achievement of the whole sales team.

First National Rotorua also received places in the Top Ten Sales peoples award, Cathy Lines (4th); Murray Piesse (6th) and Chris Meban (10th) place.

The First National Rotorua team

The First National Rotorua team

Another first for First National Rotorua was the Top Rural Sales Award which was won by Chris Meban.

Andra Cornwall of First National Rotorua also received the award for Top Exclusives sold.

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities,  with vendors and buyers. Building  trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne
For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Taupo’s Success

First National’s top regional performers for the Central North Island  region are celebrating after being recognised at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.

“The achievements of these salespeople are great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

  1. First National Taupo’s Kim Fraser once again received 1st place  in  the Top Ten  Sales Person award. She  also received a  Platinum award which recognizes her consistently high achievement over the last four years.

Kim Fraser also received the Top Residential Award, Top Confirmed Sales and  finally the Top  Value award.

Kim Fraser believes that her success is “because she builds strong relationships with her clients and puts their needs first”.

 

Other recipients of the Top Ten awards were Bill Drysdale 8th in the Top Ten and Sharni Mackintosh 9th, who also received the Rookie of the Year Award. The Rookie of the year award recognizes sales people who have achieved the best sales within 18 months of being with in the industry.

First National Taupo also were runners up for the Top Office award and won the Property Management Growth Award. The property management team is focused on delivering service of an excellent standard to both landlord and tenancy which is evident in them being the recipients of this award

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities,  with vendors and buyers. Building  trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne
For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750