MANAGING DIRECTOR, 44 ASCOT
My sisters were five and seven years older than me and neither wanted to do things Dad wanted to do, so I was lucky. Dad gave me a lot of time; we were mates from a very young age. When I was in primary school [Stafford State], he sometimes took me out of class to go fishing at Jacobs Well, around Hope Island and that area [Gold Coast]. We’d take this old boat that ran on a tractor engine and hang out with these old guys – well, they seemed old to me – and we’d catch whiting and bream. I used to love spending time with those guys and Dad. He was caring, loving and supportive but tough, too. He gave you the belief that if you worked hard, and put the effort in, you could do well.
After school I did a property evaluation course and a hospitality course and was working at Expo ’88
“One of the best things he did for me was give me the confidence to go out and make my own mistakes, knowing I had a mentor who was solid.”
when Dad asked if I wanted to come with him to a real estate convention in Singapore. I went and got inspired by listening to some of those people and after that I tried working for Dad. I was 18 years old and didn’t even have my own car – I had to borrow his!
Dad is loved by so many people because he genuinely cares, whether he gets something out of it or not. One of the best things he did for me was give me the confidence to go out and make my own mistakes, knowing I had somebody there as a mentor who was solid as a rock. I would never want to disappoint him – it’s been a great thing to be able to have his trust to take the business to a new phase. We are only on this Earth once and I’d be very pleased to leave a legacy like his.