No.2 West­lawn

The Daily Examiner - - CLARENCE VALLEY'S POWER 30 -

ES­TAB­LISHED in 1964 by broth­ers Bill and Peter Dougherty as a fi­nance com­pany to help peo­ple buy white­goods and other big-ticket house­hold items, West­lawn has grown to be a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar in­sti­tu­tion that has branches all over the North Coast.

The com­pany be­gan ex­tend­ing its ser­vices to be­come a full lo­cal fi­nance com­pany in the early ’70s when Bill and Peter’s cousin, Mike Doughtery, en­tered the fold.

From there the com­pany con­tin­ued to di­ver­sify, mov­ing into the prop­erty sec­tor with the ac­qui­si­tion and de­vel­op­ment of com­mer­cial real es­tate.

Of course, fam­ily has al­ways been at the cen­tre of West­lawn’s phi­los­o­phy, in­clud­ing the ex­tended mem­bers of the team in their loyal staff.

A num­ber of sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Dougher­tys ac­tively work in the West­lawn Group. Jim Dougherty, one of Bill’s sons, joined in 1993 and is now chair­man of West­lawn Fi­nance and chair­man of the West­lawn Prop­erty Trust.

Mark Dougherty, one of Peter’s sons, joined West­lawn in 1996, is a di­rec­tor of West­lawn Fi­nance and has pre­vi­ously held the po­si­tion of manag­ing di­rec­tor of the fi­nance di­vi­sion.

Sarah Dougherty, one of Mark’s sis­ters, also works in the fi­nance di­vi­sion.

In ad­di­tion, Chris Dougherty, one of Mike’s sons, is gen­eral man­ager of West­lawn In­sur­ance Bro­kers.

After serv­ing as chair­man for many years, Mike Doughtery re­tired from the West­lawn board in Oc­to­ber 2017. (Mike took out No.23 in

The Daily Ex­am­iner’s in­au­gu­ral Power 30 that year, while his cousin Bill took out No.2).

West­lawn is one of the fam­ily busi­ness suc­cess sto­ries of the Clarence Val­ley.

The re­spected com­pany, now sim­ply called West­lawn, is a com­pet­i­tive op­er­a­tor across var­i­ous in­vest­ment and lend­ing plat­forms as well as pro­vid­ing a com­plete range of fi­nan­cial ser­vices and ad­vice.

The award-win­ning busi­ness prides it­self on its Clarence be­gin­nings, em­ploy­ing a large team of lo­cal staff and pro­vid­ing var­i­ous sup­port and spon­sor­ships across an enor­mous num­ber of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and events, from the Jacaranda Fes­ti­val and Casino’s Beef Week to the pop­u­lar July Rac­ing Car­ni­val kick­starter West­lawn Pre­lude Day.

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