The list of finalists for the 2019 Annual REA (realestate.com.au) Excellence Awards have been announced and Harcourts has been nominated in four categories:
- Irene Green - Most Influential Woman in Property
- Inspirational Women Network - Contribution to Community
- Jeremy Wilkinson, Harcourts Launceston - Agent of the Year
- Harcourts Huon Valley - Game Changer of the Year
“I have always aspired to improve the standards and reputation of our industry through education and active participation within industry bodies,” said Irene Green, Director of Professional Development, Harcourts International. “Some of my closest allies came from the real estate institute. Together we continue to influence positive change.
“There are many groups out there that support and encourage women within our industry. What is unique about Inspirational Women Network is that the woman shakily grasping the microphone is not a professional or paid speaker, she is one of us. She doesn’t tell others how to succeed in real estate, instead she shares what she has learned in life. Such courage. Our audiences, both men and women, relate to how real these women are. It’s an incredible thing.”
Irene Green at an Inspirational Women event in the USA, March 2019
The Awards annually recognise and celebrate excellence in the property and media industries. Harcourts Group Australia CEO Marcus Williams said that seeing Harcourts and its team members counted amongst the industry’s leading names and groups is always a proud moment.
“The contributions that Irene Green has made to creating one of the world’s most iconic real estate brands, particularly in Australia, as she led the way 20 years ago to establish industry-leading training has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Mr Williams.
Mrs Green came to Australia in 1997 from New Zealand with her husband Mike Green to expand Harcourts across Australia and grow it into the finest experience in real estate.
Mrs Green’s mark on the real estate industry is vast and full of firsts. In the early days of Harcourts with husband Mike, they hired and championed the first female head of auctions, which she points to as a powerful turning point for the Harcourts business, setting a new standard of sale. In 2002, she created the award-winning Harcourts Academy, the first to provide real estate training online and the first registered training organisation (RTO) to deliver the new training package for real estate in Australia.
Instrumental in the development and delivery of leading-edge online and classroom learning, Mrs Green has been an integral part of Harcourts for over 20 years, introducing successful programs that develop and attract the very best people to the company.
From the role of Head of Harcourts Academy, which now has grown to serve all nine countries in which Harcourts operates, Mrs Green took on a new role of Director of Professional Development, a global initiative, with a focus on people and culture, to create well-rounded, happy and capable Harcourts corporate team members. The Harcourts Academy received the REB Training and Education Program of the Year 2016.
In 2016, Mrs Green created Inspirational Women, an international series of events where women share their personal stories of courage and achievement, with a corollary goal of supporting a movement for women to have more options to speak on a national stage.
A member of the international Harcourts Hall of Fame, Mrs Green was inducted in 2013 for her outstanding contribution to the real estate industry as a champion for international projects such as Inspirational Women, Harcourts Future Leaders and Team culture initiatives. Appearing on Elite Agent’s list of Industry Influencers 2018 and a finalist for REB Women in Real Estate 2019, Irene holds a diploma in teaching, a diploma in workplace education and a diploma in business (real estate).
Nick Bond, business owner of Harcourts Huon Valley, said that the AREA Award nomination was especially meaningful to his team as it gives light to mental health. “Our team at Harcourts Huon Valley is proud to be paving the way for other agencies to change the attitude around mental health and wellbeing,” said Mr Bond.
The Harcourts Huon Valley team is fully training around recognising mental health issues and assisting their clients in times of need. “The property managers are the first line in day-to-day contact with tenants and are often involved in quite stressful situations. We knew we had to better equip them for their roles and take not just their professional development to a new level, but their mental health and wellbeing as well.”
Harcourts Huon Valley was recently awarded REB Regional Sales Office of The Year 2019.
The AREA award winners will be announced 14 November 2019.