MEET THE STAFF

The Tribune (NZ) - - WATSON INTEGRITY CELEBRATING 20 YEARS -

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!

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