Women take out elite spots
There’s plenty to celebrate in the real estate industry, with new appointments showcasing the opportunities and talents available, regardless of gender
MANY women have excelled in the real estate profession over a long period of time, and a quick look across our high achievers confirms this is one industry where gender has never limited a career with any glass ceiling.
I’m really pleased with the recent appointment of Antonia Mercorella ( pictured) as the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s (REIQ) new chief executive officer. A national executive search carried out by independent recruiters led to more than 200 applications for the role and Antonia was the stand out candidate.
Antonia’s not new to REIQ or our industry, having joined us in 2011 as general counsel and previously working with the Real Estate Institute of South Australia in a similar role.
She’s been helping us agents with the “pointy end” of our legislation for more than a decade, training and guiding us while working with government to bring through better laws. The recent passing of the Property Occupations Act is a further feather in her already full-ish cap.
At 40, Antonia is also our youngest ever chief executive, and we’re delighted to have her as our new leader. There’s exciting times ahead for the REIQ.
The board has also recommended to this year’s AGM that we grant life membership of the REIQ to Pam Bennett.
With the membership’s support, Pam will become the first female life member in our 96-year history, rightly earning the accolade after a career of significant contributions to our industry and institute.
Pam is a fantastic example of what you’d expect an REIQ life member to be, with a CV as long as your arm. With 14 years at the REIQ board table that included four and a half years as chairwoman, a stint as president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, and a host of property management chapter and lobbying roles, this is a lady who’s given tirelessly and selflessly of herself for the benefit of the real estate profession.
Our profession looks to its leaders for the path forward.
In Pam and Antonia we see shining role models for young real estate practitioners throughout our state; prepared to do more, and ask more of themselves, in bringing a higher level of professionalism and client service to real estate in Queensland.
It’s exciting to have, in the space of just a few weeks, two such significant REIQ appointments for outstanding women in real estate.
Disappointment that it’s taken so long might quickly be forgotten as we celebrate the achievements of these remarkable ladies.