Recog­nised for ex­cel­lence in his field

Phil Dowl­ing leads suc­cess­ful busi­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SIL­VER­WARE: Along with his staff, Phil Dowl­ing took home a num­ber of gongs at this year’s First Na­tional GEM Awards.

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