Recognised for excellence in his field
Phil Dowling leads successful business
NORTH Burnett resident and Childers First National owner Phil Dowling has been in the real estate game for 21 years.
At this year’s First National GEM Awards he and his team were showcased by a number of awards.
Mr Dowling said the awards were an important event encouraging agents to constantly improve and find new ways to benefit customers.
“I’m very proud of the team, it’s a small office so it becomes a matter of putting your heart into it, which we do,” Mr Dowling said.
“It is always a team effort and we take pride in our performance.”
Mr Dowling also oversees rural property management in the North Burnett.
“I handle the rural stuff myself and the residences within Biggenden too,” Mr Dowling said.
“You have to be willing to put in the extra effort, travelling for example, to find success.”
Childers First National took home 13 awards for the night, including winning the Canstar Blues Most Satisfied Customer Awards Nationally for 2016–17 demonstrating the strength of the business, as well as Mr Dowling’s leadership skills.
Five awards were for Mr Dowling, including the number-five salesperson of the year, the Diamond Award.
“To get number five in Queensland was the biggest honour I’ve ever had since joining the group,” Mr Dowling said.
“We have always managed the top 10 ranking in Queensland and then we would go off to nationals where we would do well too. To win a national award is an honour but to be top five in Queensland is right up there.”
Mr Dowling splits his time between his Childers office and overseeing Gayndah properties, which has presented some problems for him to overcome.
“It was a bit tough the first few years but we battled through it and kept our name out there with things like sponsorship, which helps,” Mr Dowling said.
“But the biggest thing for us is word of mouth and return business.”
Despite the economy being down, Mr Dowling was still able to turn over rural properties in the North Burnett.
“Cattle prices have certainly had the biggest bearing on the listings,” Mr Dowling said.
“Which is a good sign that people have faith in the region.”
SILVERWARE: Along with his staff, Phil Dowling took home a number of gongs at this year’s First National GEM Awards.