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