A CHALLENGING local market did not stop Acton’s western suburbs agents from claiming some of the top accolades at the group’s 47th annual awards night.
Chief executive Travis Coleman said the event, held at Crown Perth, was an opportunity to recognise the hard work and outstanding achievements of the organisation’s brightest stars across its network of 21 offices.
“From administration staff right through to our top salespeople, great results can only be achieved by great people working together effectively – and this night is the perfect way to congratulate them,” he said.
Acton Cottesloe director Bev Heymans was named Sales Champion for a record sixth time.
She also received the Elite Print Marketing award and a Diamond Award for outstanding sales achievements.
Mrs Heymans said in a really tough year, it was great to get such a good result and she thanked her team for their support.
“It’s not just me, it’s teamwork,” she said.
“If I didn’t have a great team, with everyone doing that little bit extra, we wouldn’t have got the results we did.”
The Sale of the Year award, which recognised the highest price achieved across the group, was presented to Acton Dalkeith sales executive Joan Gebbie for 104A Bindaring Parade, Claremont.
“It was a spectacular, riverfront property and we achieved a price of $7.5 million, which was a great result,” Mrs Gebbie said.
Other successful team members included Acton Dalkeith operations manager Rochelle Cleland – who received the IT award – and sales executive Annie Kowal who was recognised as the network’s Rising Star.
Sales executive Jody Fewster was named Acton Cottesloe’s Sales Champion and also received the award for Elite Online Marketing.
Husband and wife sales team David and Martine Eyers were the top salespeople for Acton Dalkeith.
Outstanding achievement awards were also presented to Mrs Kowal (bronze) and Mrs Gebbie (silver), while Mrs Fewster, Mr and Mrs Eyers, and Acton Cottesloe’s Deborah Brady all received platinum awards.
Acton Cottesloe and Dalkeith director Grant Heymans said it had been a better than expected year considering that the market in the western suburbs had been flat.
“The team has done very well, with a number of salespeople achieving good results on national, state and corporate levels,” he said.
Acton Central also experienced awards success, taking home the award for Property Management Region of the Year (Income), while sales executive Louis Carr received the award for Auction of the Year and director Peter Beckton received the Celebration Award.
Mr Beckton said there was plenty of competition in the world of property management, and having an enthusiastic and motivated team had led to impressive results along with steady growth.
“It has been a year where to achieve success you must revert back to basics and provide good solid service at a reasonable price,” he said.
The Auction of the Year award was presented to Mr Carr for the sale of 12 Alexander Street Wembley.
He was also named Acton Central’s region champion and received a gold outstanding achievement award.
Mr Beckton said Mr Carr was a consummate professional and a very deserving winner.
“The Auction of the Year was a very impressive result considering the miserable weather on the day, with a huge rain storm before the start,” he said.
“There were 60 people present, and several serious buyers, and the price achieved was above the reserve.”
The Celebration Award recognises a respected member of the Acton network and Mr Beckton said it was a moment he would not forget.
“I’m into my 17th year with Acton and I never expected to be the recipient of this very special award.
“I feel very humbled to have been recognised by my peers and this is a highlight of my career.”
Other local winners include sales team Barney and Gillian Fleiser, who received a bronze outstanding achievement award and were the top salespeople for Acton North.
Acton Mandurah was named Business of the Year for the third consecutive year.