Rural Sales | Rural and Agribusiness
License # 20105317 | Licensed under the REAA 2008
Ben brings to the Colliers International rural team a wealth of knowledge and life experiences. Building on established business relationships throughout the Otago and Southland area, his knowledge and expertise reach across all facets of Agribusiness, with a particular specialisation in sheep and beef, farming, horticulture and lifestyle properties.
Ben’s career in rural property was a natural move following a life spent working and living in the livestock and farming spheres. Having been a shepherd, trained as a stock and station agent and having spent 14 years in Police service, his knowledge of rural land and rural people mean it’s an easy fit in the rural property sector for him.
A successful career as a commercial helicopter pilot, amassing 5,000 hours of flight time, culminated in him working for the Civil Aviation Authority as a commercial flight operations inspector, a testament to his attention to detail and ability to form bonds with people, both essential components for success in Agribusiness.
Working as part of the rural sales team, led by Ruth Hodges and backed by the powerful Colliers International global brand, Ben is committed to providing a professional and positive approach to rural real estate.
Honest, reliable and hard-working, Ben and partner Julia enjoy the outdoors lifestyle in Queenstown’s lakes and mountains.
Ruth commenced her career in rural real estate in August 2009 before establishing the first Colliers International Rural and Agribusiness franchise in New Zealand with Shane O’Brien in September 2014. Ruth has been integral in setting up the new Rural and Agribusiness systems for Colliers International and has recently stepped in to lead the growth of this business in Otago and Southland. The Otago Southland Rural and Agribusiness team also partners with companies that have strongly established regional connections - Compass Agribusiness and Colliers Queenstown (Otago Realty Limited).
Growing up on a large scale high country farm in Central Otago set the foundation for Ruth’s desire to be involved in the rural industry throughout her working life. After achieving a first class honours degree from Otago University, Ruth commenced her career in rural finance that spanned nine years with the National Bank. Not content to sit still for long, she joined the progressive new dairy company Synlait as their Business Development Manager focusing on growing their farming assets via key acquisitions around the Canterbury region. Ruth has also been involved in the rural building industry with her husband Nigel, and the experience of the incredible highs and lows that this industry encountered over the past 12 years has honed her management and problem solving skills to the highest level.
As a rural real estate professional, Ruth's business is about people and their farming businesses - and focussing on this instead of just the physical assets is key to how she achieves positive outcomes regardless of market conditions. Her underlying principles of trust and integrity ensures she continue to form long lasting, genuine relationships and apply an open, honest approach to all situations. Furthermore, Ruth's comprehensive understanding of an often complex and evolving rural market together with her ever-present proactive attitude allows her to provide solutions that go beyond the traditional real estate model.
Mike is a Central Otago local with 10 years sales experience across a number of different industries. A University of Otago graduate with a Bachelor in Consumer and Applied Science Degree (BCapSC), Mike spent three and a half years working for Lion Breweries in Central Otago where he made sure the area was well watered with Speights but also gained his love and knowledge of the NZ wine industry.
Growing up in Central Otago, Mike has spent time on and off farms in Otago and Southland. His family has a shareholding in a 300ha Sheep and Deer farm in Five Rivers where he spends time helping out when he can.
Mike works closely with key business partners across the agribusiness, viticulture and horticulture space and is passionate about building relationships and knowledge in these areas. He is excited to be working alongside experienced rural consultant Ruth Hodges and is backed by a strong local and global brand in Colliers International.
Raised in Canterbury, Breanna’s focused on digital and business technology and how it can apply within the rural and agribusiness spheres.
As an Executive Assistant to the rural team, Breanna has multi-faceted responsibilities including general administration, advertising design, property marketing, customer relations and internal support.
With the benefit of family connections in real estate, Breanna has been exposed to the world of real estate and its terminology from a young age and has a widespread understanding of how the business operates. This, together with growing up in a rural environment has given her a strong understanding of rural real estate, as well as the importance of exceeding customer expectations by always delivering professional, helpful, high quality service.