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Online glitz to celebrate Barry Plant’s Awards for Excellence

On Thursday 5th of November, the Barry Plant Group hosted its 2020 Awards for Excellence in the living rooms of nearly 900 staff, invited guests, sponsors, suppliers and interested family members of everyone. Even a few competitors might have hopped on for a look at the successes the Barry Plant Group – a predominantly Victorian company – drove out of a year that was hampered by COVID-19 and crippling restrictions.

One of the Group’s founders, Mr Barry Plant, was MC for the night, filming a presentation ceremony from Queensland that provided glamour, recognition and, with Barry’s anecdotes about so many of the winners, re-enforced the fact that the Barry Plant Group is like a big family.

Barry relished the opportunity to harness technology to provide an event that, while not the same as getting together in person, still celebrated the achievements of the night’s many winners.

With the sales awards, Barry Plant divides them into three categories to even the playing field between agents who work alone, those experienced agents who take on a PA and then those who have a team supporting them. The figures produced in each category clearly demonstrate how an agent can grow their business by developing a team or pod.

The Lilydale office had an outstanding night as, apart from their star agent Ashley Hutson taking out the trifecta by winning Top Lister with a PA, Top Performer with a PA and Top Seller with a PA, they took out two second places in office awards and then picked up the prestigious Franchisee of the Year.

Jasmine Kaur from the Geelong office won Property Manager of the Year while Geelong agent, Chari Emirzade won both the Top Lister with a team and Top Seller with a team and came third in the Top Performer with a team field. Justin Booth from the Diamond Creek office took out Top Performer with no PA and Roy Khoder from the Glenroy Office was awarded Top Lister with no PA.

Mitchell Shire and Mildura offices were awarded Office with the Highest Total sales in their categories – both for the second year in a row. The Manningham office took out first place in the third category. Mildura also achieved Office of the Year award in the small office category. The Rowville office won Top Office of the Year (medium office).

Barry Plant Manningham took out the Top Office of the Year (Large) award for the twelfth time since 2008 – an amazing effort. Theo Politis from the Manningham office won Top Performer with a team.

Narre Warren office was awarded the Marketing Award for a schedule valued between up to $5K and the Bundoora office took out the award for a schedule up to $10K.

Barry Plant Essendon-Keilor East scored well in Property Management, winning the Property Management Department of the Year and with Marin Durkovic sweeping up the Business Development Manager of the Year award. Sara Press from the Berwick office rounded out the elite PM awards winning Department Manager of the Year.

Sara Savio from the Croydon office won Novice Auctioneer of the Year, joining the ever-growing ranks of top female auctioneers in the group.

The Norwood office won the community service award. They are a small office but punched so far above their weight in the amount of hands-on fundraising they did – particularly following the bushfires earlier in the year.

Receptionist of the year went to Tracie Taylor from the Mentone-Cheltenham office, Corporate Support Person of the year was won by Christine Wilkins from the Werribee office and Natalie Terure from the Boronia office and Belinda Barletta from the Docklands office won the prestigious Directors Recognition Awards. David Samarges from the Werribee office won the Ron Hudson Rising Star award.

CEO and Director, Mike McCarthy, was delighted with the results that were unveiled. “Following the real estate downturn in 2018/19, our offices and their teams only had about eight months to recover from the poor market conditions and then COVID-19 hit. I’m proud of how our offices grabbed the innovation and support we provided to meet the challenges this awards year and turned it into results that were truly remarkable given the circumstances in Victoria.”

“While life and business will remain uncertain until there is a vaccine, I believe the calibre of our people, and the resilience and positivity they have shown will translate into great results and big numbers being written in the next year.”

Additional winners in the Barry Plant Awards for Excellence 2020

For growth in Property Management, Frankston-Cranbourne office won the small portfolio category, Bundoora-Greensborough-Mill Park won the medium category and the Docklands office took out the large portfolio category.

The agent with the largest increase in sales was won by Chee-ky Dunlop from Noble Park-Keysborough, followed by Aaron Hill from Essendon-Keilor East office and Jarrod Couch from the Coburg office.

Top Performer with no PA had Michael Egan from the Bundoora office in second place followed by Scott George from the Doncaster East office. Top Performer with a PA saw Andrew Koulaouzos from Taylors Lakes in second place, followed by Michael Steenhuis from Doncaster East in third. Top Performer with a team second place getter was Mark Di Giulio from the Doncaster East office and Chari Emirzade from Barry Plant Geelong came third.

Top Seller with no PA was Kieran Knight from Mitchell Shire followed by Reece Beckley from Werribee office and Justin Booth from the Diamond Creek office. Runner up in Top Seller with a PA was Andrew Koulaouzos from Taylors Lakes with Terri Fellows from Pakenham in third place. Andrew was also runner up in the Top Lister with a PA category and Terri was once again third.

Top Seller with a team runner up was Theo Politis from the Doncaster East office followed by Mark Di Giulio from Doncaster East in the third spot. Theo and Mark placed second and third in the Top Lister with a team category.

Justin Booth from Diamond Creek came second in the Top Lister with no PA category followed by Cheek-ky Dunlop from Noble Park-Keysborough.

In the office awards, Barry Plant Eltham placed third in the Office with the highest number of total sales in the small office category. The Rowville office placed second on the medium category followed by Barry Plant Sunshine. In the large office category, the Geelong office placed second and the Essendon-Keilor East group were third.

Offices with the greatest increase in sales were Barry Plant Caroline Springs in the small office category, Mill Park-South Morang in the medium category and Mentone-Cheltenham in the large office group.

Office of the Year, runners up were Lilydale in the small office category followed by Mitchell Shire. In the medium office category, Barry Plant Bundoora came second with Barry Plant Doreen grabbing third spot. Barry Plant Noble Park-Keysborough came second in the large office category followed by Essendon-Keilor East.

Congratulations to all offices and team members for outstanding results in a very difficult year.