MEET THE STAFF
Carrie Giles, Sales Consultant, has been with the company since March. Carrie, her husband Richard and son William moved to Palmerston North from the United Kingdom in 2013 and really haven’t looked back since then. Carrie’s background in the UK was in the banking industry, having worked for the Bank of Ireland for many years in a number of challenging roles within the Bank’s Mortgage Customer Services Department. Carrie enjoys living in Palmerston North and takes great pleasure in helping people buy and sell homes in the area. She also loves being a member of the exceptional team at Watson Integrity, a team that lives by the Watson motto of ‘‘integrity in everything we do.’’ In her spare time, Carrie loves spending time with her family. They frequently go cycling or tramping and have a passion for travelling around New Zealand. Carrie and her family are also avid supporters of the All Blacks and the Hurricanes. Ben George, Sales Consultant. My career kicked off early at the age of 15 when I left home to work fulltime on a Manawatu dairy farm and although the hours were long and the work was hard, it has all paid off. I have always had an interest in real estate, rural and lifestyle as well as residential, and since the opportunity arose to get involved in the industry, I have found that it really is the best of both worlds. I am out and about, applying my business management skills, work ethic, meeting new people and, most importantly, helping them. I thrive off the varied and rewarding nature of the job; knowing that each day will provide a new challenge. The Watson family provide a positive and supportive environment that encourages my learning, progress and success. Outside of real estate I enjoy singing, particularly jazz, long distance swimming and getting involved in the community. I volunteer at Youthline Central North Island and I annually organise a Relay for Life team to support the New Zealand Cancer Society. Chris Chamberlain, Sales Consultant. ‘‘I’ve been selling real estate for 18 years and all that time has been spent at Watson’s. Prior to real estate I worked in the corporate world, firstly in human pharmaceuticals and then as New Zealand Logistics Manager for a multi-national veterinary company. The skills I learnt from interacting with staff, colleagues and customers gave me a good grounding for real estate as the most important part of the role is dealing with people. When I left the corporate world I was looking for a business where I was self-employed but didn’t have to manage staff. Most businesses I looked at such as pubs and cafes required staff and the ones that didn’t such as motels or motor-camps required more capital than I had. Real estate allowed me to be self-employed but didn’t require a large capital outlay. As a bonus I could care for our son while his mum went back into the work force. He was the first thing in my diary every week and I worked all my other appointments around him. I enjoy helping people with their real estate transactions and have found it to be a very rewarding career.’’
Ashleigh Key, Sales
Consultant. I am regularly asked: ‘‘What do you love about working at Watson Real Estate? ’’ My answer is always the same: ‘‘Because I love being part of the family here.’’ Born and bred here in Palmerston North, real estate has always been on my radar. I’ve been working at Watson Real Estate for 4 1⁄ years now, having experience 2 in administration, marketing and sales assisting until recently where the opportunity arose to work as an Effective Business Unit with Ken Watson and Charles Allen. Instead of relying upon one person to cover all aspects of the selling and buying process we split the job between three people. We have been operating this system for about 16 months now and whilst keeping professional, we have a lot of fun along the way. Excellent communication, marketing and service means that we sell our houses in a record time with delighted clients. I absolutely love this job, and get the greatest amount of satisfaction from simply meeting and helping people. In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, shop, travel, and get involved in my local church. I am very proud to work for Watson Integrity and congratulate them for 20 years in business. Jordan Read, Marketing/ Design and Sales Assistant, has been with the company for 18 months. Originally from Dannevirke, Jordan finished a Post Grad Degree in Landscape Architecture in Wellington before moving to the region with Jarvis, her partner, in 2014, who completed his degree in mathematics. Jordan and Jarvis are geeks who enjoy playing Pokemon, both the new app Pokemon Go and the trading card game at a local club. Jordan also enjoys a wide variety of TV shows and video games. Jordan and Jarvis also spend an extraordinary amount of time at the gym with Jordan having goals of strength and toning after years of being a lazy student! Jordan loves working for a family run business, as they have a lot of laughs and know how to get through the work load. Watson’s make you feel like you are a part of the team and extended family. Sarah Jones, Receptionist/ Rental Property Administrator, has been with the company just over two years. Sarah was born and grew up as the youngest of four girls in Palmerston North. She is a local girl who moved to North Queensland for two years, with her then partner Daniel to gain work experience with the Australian Army. Sarah started working at Watson’s within two weeks of returning to New Zealand and later that year she married Daniel, whom she met at Monrad Intermediate. Sarah’s interests include spending time with family and walking her dog Ellie (Jack Russell x Maltese). What Sarah enjoys best about her job is the down to earth people she works with and meeting different people on a daily basis. She looks forward to talking to you soon.
Charles Allen, Sales
Consultant. I was born in Auckland and grew up in a tight knit family, which instilled in me a passion for and a desire to help people. Business runs in my family’s blood. Ever since I was young I had a love for selling things. In my early teens, my two older brothers and I set up an online business selling end runs of sporting gear. In later years I began importing high end road bikes and buying and selling boats, motorcyles and occasionally the odd car. Alongside with being passionate about sales I also love music and sports. Before joining Watson Real Estate, I did a business degree at Massey majoring in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management with a Marketing minor. This degree has been a great learning experience and has set me up with invaluable skills which I am now carrying throughout my real estate career. Late 2014 I started with Watson Real Estate which I am absolutely loving. I have been very fortunate to work in a team of three with Ashleigh Key and Ken Watson. The three of us have a lot of fun together and have very similar values in that we are genuinely here to help people. My specific role within the team is to help buyers look for a property.
Dave Stockley, Administration
Assistant (Feilding Office), is the friendly face behind the counter in Watson Integrity in Feilding. He has worn many hats for Watsons over the last 10 years, and has a good feel for what makes the business tick. He is customer focused with a friendly attitude and just loves seeing people find the right house to make their home. Dave is a hard worker who sees a problem and treats it as the next challenge. His enthusiasm for the job was recognised when he won the Shining Star Award of Excellence for best employee in the Feilding Excellence in Business Awards a few years ago. Watsons is a family firm with every team member treated as part of the family, but in Dave’s case this is particularly true as Marcus Watson is married to Dave’s sister Rachel. Dave loves the technology side of the job which has evolved quite rapidly since he entered the industry. He remembers back to when they took photos of houses on film and having to wait for the film to be developed. Now that everything is all digital, the speed that things happen has increased dramatically.
Jane Van der Zwan, Executive
Assistant to Tanya Watson, has been with the company for the last year and a half. Jane started doing administration work for the rental division before moving to her current position. She enjoys the challenge the job brings and enjoys working in the Real Estate industry along with a great team. Outside of work Jane spends most of her time with the family, including five grandchildren, on their lifestyle property which Jane and her husband Tony bought back in 2008. They enjoy the quiet country lifestyle/great country neighbourhood community, but also the convenience of being close to town. ‘‘It’s great to get home from work and change into the farm gear and gumboots and get out to the paddocks to check and feed the animals.’’ Spring is an exciting and busy time with lambing fast approaching. In winter Saturday mornings are normally spent on the side line of a junior rugby game around the region watching the two local grandsons (Ryan and Josh) play. Congratulations to the Watson family on 20 years in business.
Adrian Cole, Property
Manager, moved to Palmerston North from Taranaki to play football in 2001 joining Palmerston North Marist and has never left. Being a sporty fella he met his wife Chrissie through the club and together, they have two lovely children. Family is a big part of Adrian’s life now and the family feeling at Watsons definitely has its attractions. Adrian has been with Watson since February 2015 and his own portfolio since July 2015, he loves the people interaction and the challenges the job brings every day. The chance to meet some interesting characters along the way makes the industry a special place to be a part of. Outside of the workplace, sports and family dominates his spare time. A keen footballer and golfer, you can always find a sports field where Adrian feels at home.
Deena Lincoln, Property
Manager, began working as a Property Manager at Watson Real Estate when she returned to New Zealand with her young son just over a year ago. She enjoys the good supportive team environment the office provides. Deena is very family oriented and also enjoys a range of activities outside of work including indoor netball and competitive card tournaments. Deena excels in networking within and outside of the work place, forging long lasting and trusting relationships. Deena truly enjoys being a Property Manager and is always striving to better herself in this position. Deena also studies extramurally to improve her skills.
Michael Ford, Sales Consultant, has been active in the property industry since 1977 as a Registered Valuer, Licensed Real Estate Agent and Property Auctioneer. He trained as a Registered Valuer in Wellington, and has worked in Manawatu, based in Feilding, since 1983. He owned his own business for many years and worked with his father Trevor Ford, before selling his business in 2010 to Watson Real Estate. He congratulates the Watson company on their 20 years in business. ‘‘I have always enjoyed my job and particularly enjoy spending more time with my sellers and buyers these days, rather than administration.’’ His job satisfaction is also enhanced by the ‘‘GP’’ nature of Michael’s work, covering residential, lifestyle, sections, development, businesses, commercial and industrial. The residential and lifestyle side of the business is enhanced by a business partnership with Tania Osborne, who mixes in a different demographic. They back each other up, and clients benefit. Everyone has their own strengths in real estate, and Michael’s are property knowledge, local market knowledge, appraisal ability, negotiation skills, enthusiasm and experience. Phil Giles, Property Manager, joined the company in 2005 after owning a commercial perennial plant nursery with his father and brother. He always had an interest in property after having built a new home with his wife and later selling and buying several others. He loves the team support which has had many staff changes over the years and the challenges tenants and owners bring to the table. Always a laugh to be had somewhere. He has been married to his beautiful wife for 23 years and has a son Ryan, 21, and a daughter Livy, 19. Phil’s interest are sport of most kinds, his passion for plants and the interest and wellbeing of his kids and wife. He played competitive soccer for 20 years and loves to play golf when he gets the chance. Tania Osborne, Sales Consultant. I have been in the real estate industry for nine years. I enjoy the many aspects the job offers – no two days are the same! Selling both residential and lifestyle properties gives a variety to the job. I particularly enjoy dealing with first home buyers. The satisfaction of the sale going through and the buyers owning their first home is extremely rewarding. I particularly enjoy working with Watsons as I prefer the feel of a friendly, smaller locally owned company rather than a big corporate company where you are just a number. This works well in a town like Feilding where everyone tends to know everyone! Working in the right office is very important to me – and our team in Feilding works really well together. I work in business partnership with Michael Ford. This works well in terms of our different circle of influences etc and with two of us on board one of us will always be available to assist you. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, travelling, helping out with school sports and activities, volunteering for local charities like Manchester house and being on organising committees for local events including the Feilding Business Awards.
Vili Tosi, Property
Management Team Leader, has been with the company for just over a year and enjoys the business challenges and team culture that comes from working in a familyowned and operated business. He has seen individuals as well as the department succeed as a whole and is excited for what the future holds for the property management team. Vili has lived in Palmerston North since he was 13. Vili and his wife Kirsty moved to London in 2012 to work and travel throughout the UK and Europe. He believes the experiences along with the different cultures he experienced have helped him become a better Property Manager. Although Vili enjoyed living in the Northern Hemisphere he couldn’t wait to return to New Zealand to catch up with friends and family. Vili is passionate about sports and became involved, when he returned to Palmerston North, in Old Boys Cricket Club which won three senior titles under his captaincy. Vili is excited for what the future holds for Watson Real Estate. ‘‘I’m very fortunate to be involved in such a fantastic company.’’ John Cox, Sales Consultant. I am passionate about sales and providing the best possible service and results to my clients. In choosing Watson Real Estate to further my career in the industry, it was their passion for service and their emphasis on ‘‘integrity’’ which appealed to me, as I am down to earth, hardworking 24/7. At Watson Integrity we work as a TEAM to get the best possible results for our clients. In my younger years I was a beef boner at Feilding freezing works and then worked in retail for several years followed by 18 years in the motor vehicle industry involved in sales, management and wholesaling. Having lived in Feilding all of my life I have an in depth knowledge of the town and surrounding areas. My interests outside of real estate are rugby, tennis, in fact all sports.
Megan Wilton, part time Rental Administrator/Business Development Manager’s
Assistant. She started work with the company at the end of March. Megan is passionate about her work and enjoys working efficiently and to deadlines. She likes dealing with a variety of people and working to a high standard and going the extra mile. She also enjoys working alongside a great group of friendly people who share the same work values. In her spare time Megan likes to spend time with family and friends. She loves to support her girls in their interest in dance and netball along with her own love of netball. Spending time with extended family is also an important as is spending time with friends and having a good time. Of course she can’t forget her love of shopping, or a bargain to be had. She is passionate about our beautiful city and is happy to be working for a locally owned and operated company.
Karen Devantier. I have held Administrator and Personal Assistant Roles in the real estate industry for the last 13 years. The last two years have I been with Watsons as Sales Administrator and Accounts Administrator. This role involves working with a great team, with a supportive management structure. Working within the Watson’s team who continually strive to keep ahead of new technology and initiatives is exciting and stimulating and is proving successful for our team and clients. I enjoy the variety of my role, and enjoy providing an efficient service to the agents, to support them in providing the best service to their clients. Outside work I am involved in the community as a JP. My other passion is rock ‘n roll dancing which has seen me active in our local club, holding committee positions and competing.
Joanna Beattie, Sales
Consultant. I have been in the real estate industry since June 2014 so I am a relatively new face around Feilding. Before I decided to concentrate on a career in real estate, my background was in sales, merchandising and marketing. I live in Feilding and have been married to Sean who is a manager at FMG and we have two grown up children, Matthew and Grace. In our spare time we enjoy being with friends and family, especially in the summer months. Over the last two years I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Watson Integrity and feel that the choice I made to work for this company when I was first starting out was a great one. I love that Watson Real Estate is not only family owned and operated, but also family orientated. Both pride ourselves on our high standard of professionalism and commitment to a quality of service that sometimes can be hard to find in this industry. Barbara Robinson, Personal Assistant to Sales Consultants. I have worked at Watson Integrity for nearly four years, as a personal assistant to several agents. When I was interviewed for the position I was asked why I wanted to work in a real estate company. My response was that real estate agents have to be highly-motivated, energetic folk with good people and team skills. I have not been disappointed. The staff in the Feilding office are friendly and fun to work with and at the same time they are professional and thorough. There is a good rapport between the Feilding and Palmerston North offices, with management being bright, cheerful and supportive. I enjoy my role in which I am always developing more skills. For this learning I am most grateful to the ‘‘not a problem’’ assistance I get from receptionist Dave. A great team all round.
Bob Weaver, Property Manager/Business Development Manager. Having emigrated from the UK 18 years ago, I started my real estate career on the Kapiti coast before moving to Rangitikei. I have had 17 enjoyable years in real estate, have attained the National Diploma in Real Estate and obtained associate status with the Real Estate Authority 2008. The move to Property Management was a challenge I relished and thoroughly enjoy. It’s a whole new set of challenges and interaction with great people. I have come from a farming background and am a past president of the Dexter Cattle Society of New Zealand and have been a councillor for Project Marton. Until recently my wife and I owned a 10-acre lifestyle property in Hunterville, breeding Welsh Mountain Ponies and South Suffolk sheep and before that a 183-acre farm. Age catches up and we now just have our Border Terrier Dogs and travel round the country showing them. I joined the Watson Integrity team two years ago and am delighted as the company’s principles are similar to my own. The Watson family are well respected throughout Manawatu and Rangitikei for their commitment to good service, honesty and of course integrity.
Sheryn Prince, Sales
Consultant. Sheryn has worked at Watson Real Estate for just over two years. She chose to pursue her real estate career with Watson’s due to the family owned and operated environment. Having spent the previous 13 years involved with a large international brand, Sheryn found the smaller, tight-knit environment a much better atmosphere to work in. Sheryn’s focus is ensuring her clients experience a smooth transaction whether they are buying or selling. ‘‘There is no place like home so the biggest satisfaction for me is to be able to put all my energy into assisting people with one of the biggest decisions in their lives and being able to enjoy that phase with them.’’ Anyone who knows Sheryn understands why the words ‘‘spare time’’ are seldom used in her vocabulary. What little time Sheryn has left from her job is dedicated to her other passion – her Holdens and HSVs. Sheryn and her partner Jason’s goal is to have all Holdens and HSVs performing perfectly for their owners by Jason performing necessary dyno and enhancements upgrades at Warren Anderson Motors. As for Sheryn, you can spot her around the city in the Warren Anderson sign written ute!