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

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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.

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