The Barry Plant Group is helping Make-A-Wish® Australia grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, kicking off their support with a $20,000 donation at the Group’s annual Kick Start conference held recently.
Conference delegates also banded together on the day, raising a further $4,500 – enough to grant a special ‘I want to be…’ wish for one child.
A special guest at the conference was William, a 9 year old wish recipient with a complex heart defect. Make-A-Wish was able to grant his cherished wish to have a model railway, bringing him some much needed hope, strength and joy. William’s mother, Joanne, told the audience how the experience of having his wish granted not only gave him a wonderfully exciting day, but the carry over effect that the lift in spirits had on his wellbeing was fantastic.
Barry Plant CEO Mike McCarthy said that network will continue to support this very worthy cause.
“In late 2013, all Barry Plant principals agreed to make an annual donation to a Barry Plant fund that would be used to support worthy charities. It was agreed that Make-A-Wish was a great cause and that they would be the main beneficiary of funds raised,” said Mike.
A committee has now been developed to organise ongoing fundraising events and support.
“Make-A-Wish relies on the support of individuals and organisations, like Barry Plant, to ensure no child misses out on the opportunity to experience the life-changing and lasting difference a tailor-made wish makes. We are extremely grateful for Barry Plant’s ongoing support,” said Gerard Menses, CEO, Make-A-Wish Australia.
“It’s a great opportunity for Barry Plant offices to give back to their local community and support those in need,” said Mike.
“We look forward to helping make more wishes come true and helping to make a life-changing difference to seriously-ill children. ”
Photo caption: Barry Plant CEO Mike McCarthy hands over a $20,000 cheque to Make-A-Wish Australia’s Sacha Koltun, along with William and his mother Joanne.
The Barry Plant Group has smashed its sales results for October by selling over 1000 properties.
The final tally for the group for October was 1007 properties sold – which was 165 more sales than October 2012.
Mike McCarthy, CEO of the 80 plus office network said this was just the second time in the group’s history that the sales had reached 1000 for the month.
“There was a 19.6 per cent increase in sales for October 2013 as compared to October 2012,” Mike said.
“And not only that, the average sale price was up $43,000 to $512,000 which is an increase of 9.12 per cent.”
Mike said that the calendar year was also tracking extremely well.
“So far across the group we have sold 1,327 more sales than at the same time last year. Properties sold to date now number 8,229 which is a 19.22 per cent increase.”
The most prestigious individual award on the evening, the Residential Salesperson of the Year (Principals) was won by Spiro Drossos of Barry Plant Manningham, which made it the third time he has won this award.
The Residential Marketing Award (Budget $2-$10K) was won by the Barry Plant Waverly office for their campaign leading up to the auction of 3 Pin Oak Court, Vermont South, a property otherwise known as ‘the Neighbour’s House’. This campaign gained international recognition and achieved an outstanding sales result for the vendor.
Another thrill for the Manningham office was the naming of Eva Evangelidakis as Corporate Support Person of the Year. This highly contested award was won by Eva, due partly to her outstanding initiative in taking on the role to coordinate the group’s weekly auction results for the REIV.
Manningham were also finalists as the Large Residential Agency of the Year, and with staff members Mark Di Giulio, in the Salesperson of the Year (Non-Principals) category and Fiona Nicholson in the Corporate Support Person of the Year category.
Other finalists were Barry Plant Bayswater for Residential Marketing Award (Budget $2-$10K), Barry Plant Wantirna Medium Residential Agency of the Year, and the Barry Plant Group for Corporate Promotion of the Year (Multiple Offices).
Group CEO, Mike McCarthy was extremely proud of the achievements throughout the Group that were acknowledged by the REIV.
“Simply being a finalist in these highly competitive awards is a great achievement so to then go on and win in three of the categories is outstanding,” Mike said.
The three State award winners for the Barry Plant Group will go on to contest their titles on the national state at the REIA Awards for Excellence 2014 which will be held next March in Hobart.
A calm manner, a high degree of initiative, attention to detail, and impeccable communications and customer relations skills, are the qualities that have combined to see Barry Plant Manningham’s ‘super receptionist’ Eva Evangelidakis named the REIV’s Corporate Support Person of the Year Award 2013.
Eva’s achievement was announced at the REIV Awards for Excellence gala event at Crown Palladium last week, and she said she was ‘absolutely honoured and truly touched’ to be named winner against stiff competition.
“This award means the world to me knowing I have been recognised and supported by my directors James (Hatzolos) and Spiro (Drossos) for the work I thoroughly enjoy doing on a daily basis,” she said.
Eva has been part of the Barry Plant Manningham team for four and half years, and was nominated for the state-wide award after winning the 80 plus office group’s ‘Receptionist of the Year’ award earlier this year.
“Personally, this achievement and success has given me every confidence in continuing to achieve bigger and better things – I am very proud to have represented a wonderful company in Barry Plant.”
Eva will go on to represent Victoria on the national stage at the REIA Awards in Hobart next March.
The Barry Plant Manningham office performed extremely well on the evening with Director Spiro Drossos taking out the Residential Salesperson of the Year Awards (Principals), and three other award-category finalists.
Barry Plant CEO, Mike McCarthy, congratulated Eva, Spiro and all the Group finalists and nominees.
“Simply being a finalist in these highly competitive awards is a great achievement so to then go on and win is outstanding,” Mike said.