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WHEN hus­band and wife, Mark and Belinda Beale took own­er­ship of Ray White Whit­sun­day in 2006, their team con­sisted of six staff.

Eleven years on, six staff turned into 41 and a small Air­lie Beach main street of­fice turned into a large Can­non­vale cor­po­rate of­fice.

And hav­ing such a strong fe­male pres­ence in the of­fice was some­thing Mrs Beale was proud to be a part of.

Be­fore jump­ing into Ray White, Mrs Beale had no ex­pe­ri­ence in real es­tate.

In fact, she was a qual­i­fied jour­nal­ist.

“I had a brain in my head, I was able to pick up on things quite well, found it very easy to spot prob­lems and see where things needed im­prov­ing,” she said.

“I think those were the strengths I had com­ing into real es­tate.”

It was Mrs Beale’s valu­able qual­ity of at­ten­tion to de­tail which saw her snap up now as­sis­tant prop­erty man­ager, Sa­man­tha Coutts.

Ms Coutts grad­u­ated from high school nearly five years ago and one week later started work­ing for Ray White.

How­ever, Ms Coutts said real es­tate wasn’t the ca­reer path she ex­pected to take.

“I started work­ing here when I was 17 so it’s go­ing on four years now but I was away for eight months,” she said. “I de­cided to come back be­cause of the op­por­tu­ni­ties (Ray White) of­fers and the chance to grow within the com­pany was a big thing for me.”

Ms Coutts kick-started her real es­tate ca­reer on re­cep­tion be­fore mov­ing up to prop­erty man­age­ment as­sis­tant.

When she ar­rived back af­ter eight months out of town, she took on the role as as­sis­tant man­ager of the Prop­erty Man­age­ment de­part­ment.

Zoe Skin­ner is an­other em­ployee who has been im­mersed in real es­tate for a sub­stan­tial amount of time, hav­ing been in­volved in the busi­ness be­fore join­ing Ray White seven years ago as Mr Beale’s per­sonal as­sis­tant in the early 2000s.

In the past six months, Mrs Skin­ner went from fi­nance to of­fice man­ager full time.

“I love be­ing able to progress in the com­pany,” she said.

“It al­lows you to learn dif­fer­ent as­pects of the com­pany it­self and the longevity of my ex­pe­ri­ence means peo­ple can come to me to ask me ques­tions.”

Shar­ing Mrs Skin­ner, Ms Coutts and Mrs Beale’s de­sire to be in a busi­ness which al­lowed you to grow, was busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager, Lanie Marks.

Work­ing in hos­pi­tal­ity be­fore land­ing a job in Prop­erty Man­age­ment at Ray White in 2008, Ms Marks said she en­joyed the pos­i­tiv­ity of her role.

“I get to speak with own­ers and in­vestors,” she said. “And there’s plenty of growth in the com­pany, which is a pos­i­tive not just for my­self but ev­ery­one who works here.”

An­other key part of the Ray White Whit­sun­day team is prop­erty man­age­ment de­part­ment manger, Sandy Miller.

“Sandy has shown such great strength through­out her time here es­pe­cially dur­ing the chaos of Cy­clone Deb­bie,” Mrs Beale said.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

GIRL POWER: Belinda Beale, Zoe Skin­ner, Sa­man­tha Coutts and Lanie Marks of Ray White Whit­sun­day.

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