AN­DREW CORONIS

MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR, 44 ASCOT

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - SU­SAN JOHN­SON

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.

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