More than 400 people attended the REIQ’s gala annual event – Celebrating Real Estate – at the Brisbane Hilton grand ballroom to help congratulate the finalists and winners in each of the awards’ 12 categories.
REIQ managing director Dan Molloy said the winners represented the highest standards of business practice in Queensland.
"Each and every one of them continues to enhance the professionalism of our industry, their agencies, and themselves as individuals. They are the leaders of real estate practice in our State," Mr Molloy said.
This year’s awards were expanded to better reflect the industry’s diversity with a number of commercial categories as well as a community service award now available. The 2008 awards also attracted a record number of nominations across the 12 categories.
"The REIQ awards are not about having the most number of properties sold, or the highest dollar value. The award criterion relates to commitment to quality customer service, significant achievements, how success has been achieved, and any innovative methods used to realise personal and business objectives," Mr Molloy said.
2008 REIQ AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS:
Large Residential Agency of the Year
Ray White Surfers Paradise
Small Residential Agency of the Year
Sissons Estate Agents, Red Hill, Brisbane
Commercial Agency of the Year
Colliers International, Brisbane
Residential Salesperson of the Year
Amber Werchon, Ray White Maroochydore
Commercial Salesperson of the Year
Tania Moore, C B Richard Ellis, Bundall
Residential Property Manager of the Year
Katie Knight, Re/Max Success, Toowoomba
Commercial Property Manager of the Year
Johann de Beer, Colliers International (Brisbane) Pty Ltd
Business Broker of the Year
Ronald Frank, Business Brokers Queensland, Toowong, Brisbane
Rookie of the Year
Rachael Dawber, PRDnationwide New Farm, Brisbane
Buyer’s Agent of the Year
Meighan Hetherington, Property Pursuit Pty Ltd, Paddington, Brisbane
REIQ Award for Community Service
Colliers International, Townsville
Auctioneer of the Year
Haesley Cush, Ray White New Farm, Brisbane
Winners from Friday night’s awards will present Queensland at the REIA National Awards for Excellence in April and the Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Championship in September.