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Colliers recognised at REINZ awards

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While the past year has been challenging for many due to Covid-19, Colliers’ commitment to helping their clients achieve success saw the organisation win four awards at the 2021 REINZ Awards for Excellence.

Colliers Highbrook were named Medium Commercial & Industrial Office of the Year at the awards last Thursday marking the eighth time in the past nine years they have claimed the award, while Colliers Auckland North won the Small Commercial & Industrial Office of the Year category.

Greg Goldfinch, National Director of Industrial, won the Commercial & Industrial Salesperson of the Year Award, a title he also earned in 2013 and 2020. Colliers Hawke’s Bay Broker Calum Ironside was named the Commercial & Industrial Rising Star of the Year.

Colliers Auckland Managing Director Charles Cooper says the awards are a reflection of the organisation’s resilience during a trying time.

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated team members who have collaborated successfully and put their clients first throughout this challenging period that initially brought about plenty of uncertainty,” Cooper says.

“The continued trust and confidence of our clients to assist them with their property decisions is something we don’t take for granted and we are very appreciative of the recognition from REINZ for a strong year of results.”

Established in 2008, Colliers Highbrook, based in South Auckland, is home to some of New Zealand’s top industrial property sales and leasing professionals.

Led by Goldfinch and Director of Investment Sales Matthew Barnes, the Highbrook team completed more than 230 transactions totalling $907 million in value.

“Our team, like the rest of New Zealand, experienced a challenging year but the one theme we have all stuck to is our commitment to doing the best by our clients and I am really humbled that we have been recognised for that dedication by REINZ and we thank them for that,” Goldfinch says.

“The commercial and industrial property market in Auckland continues to move along at record pace and our team is looking forward to a strong finish to 2021 as the region experiences further investment and growth.”

Colliers Auckland North’s success came on the back of several market-leading deals, including the sale of 13 William Pickering Drive, Rosedale, 155 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley, and 2 David McCathie Place, Silverdale.

The team of 10 Brokers and three support staff work on varied projects from greenfield developments to the leasing and sales of commercial and industrial property.

Jimmy O’Brien, Director at Colliers Auckland North, says the team’s success is down to maintaining a focus on results and taking a collective approach to working with clients and their specific requirements.

“Our clients are at the heart of what we do, and we thank REINZ for this prestigious award that is the culmination of the hard work put in by our team during the past year,” O’Brien says.

“This will only serve as motivation for us to improve and deliver more exceptional service and professional advice for our clients in the future.”

Meanwhile, Ironside has built an impressive track record of sales and leases during his short time in the industry and is a former Colliers Rookie of the Year, following a standout year from 2019-2020 where he brokered 20 transactions, including 11 sales.

“I am grateful to enjoy the trust and confidence of so many wonderful clients in the Hawke’s Bay and look forward to building on those relationships,” Ironside says.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in commercial property in Hawke’s Bay and I want to thank REINZ for their recognition with this award.”

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is a membership organisation representing more than 14,000 real estate professionals nationwide. Its annual awards recognise excellence across all facets of property.

Last week’s awards were conducted virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Auckland.

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Greg Goldfinch

National Director | Industrial

Auckland South

Greg specialises in the mid to upper end of the Industrial sale and leasing markets. He joined Colliers International in 2004, coming from a policing background. He quickly established strong relationships within the industrial market and has worked exclusively for the likes of Fisher & Paykel, The Warehouse, Freedom Furniture, Fletchers, NZ Police, NZ Guardian Trust, Goodyear Dunlop NZ Ltd and Mercedes-Benz to name a few.

Greg has been the lead broker on nearly all of the largest transactions in the industrial property market over the last ten years. Greg has completed three of the largest industrial sales ever in the New Zealand market. He is a regular top 10 broker for Colliers across NZ having transacted in excess of $6billion worth of industrial real estate in his time with Colliers.

In 2013, 2019 and 2020 Greg was awarded the Commercial and Industrial Salesperson of the Year Award by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and was runner up in 2018. Greg was Colliers International’s top salesperson in New Zealand across all sectors in In 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Calum Ironside


Hawke's Bay (Commercial)

Calum specializes in Industrial sales and leasing with the wider Hawke’s Bay & Taupo markets. Since joining Colliers in 2019, Calum has quickly become a leading Industrial & Commercial broker within the Hawke’s Bay team. During 2019-2021 his time has been spent gaining a strong hold of Napier Industrial areas - Onekawa, Pandora and Awatoto. Since joining Colliers, he can confidently state he’s brokered over 65% of all sales within Napier Industrial and been involved in the vast majority of the leasing activity. Calum is now well known within the Hawke’s Bay commercial market, having built a strong reputation built off a growing list on excellent results.

Over the 7 years prior to joining Colliers, his time was spent building a career within the Wine Industry, working for the likes of Sileni Estate, Villa Maria, NZ Wine Cellars, Asahi and Treasury Wines. After eventually ending up in Singapore with Asahi Beverages, Calum decided to return home to Hawke’s Bay, and take on a new challenge within Commercial Property.

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Charles Cooper

Managing Director - Auckland

Auckland CBD

As Colliers International's Auckland managing director, Charles holds a strategic role responsible for the entire client service experience, the growth strategies and the profitability of the total Auckland business. Charles is also a key member of Colliers International's New Zealand board of directors and sits on the Australasian senior leadership team.

Colliers International's Auckland business is the strongest commercial real estate services player in the market and employs over 260 professionals in four offices across the city.

Charles is also responsible for growing Colliers' market share across its various service lines and charged with developing Colliers’ Auckland business as a ‘best practice’ model for the company’s 20 nationwide offices.

He is also responsible for people management across the Auckland offices, including leadership and direction, recruitment, mentoring, skills development and succession planning; as well as implementing and developing new business lines.

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Matthew Barnes

Director | Investment Sales

Auckland South

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Jimmy O'Brien

General Manager | Director

Auckland North

Jimmy heads the Colliers North Shore team with a "lead from the front" approach. He specialises in both sales and leasing of commercial and Industrial Property, Now in his thirteenth year with  Colliers International he is constantly in the top 10 % of Colliers brokers.

A North Shore resident for over 40 years his local network and knowledge is extensive. Having come from a successful background of sales, marketing and manufacturing and a director of his own business for 20 years, Jimmy has built up a vast network of property developers, investors, architects, designers and corporate businesses both retail and commercial. With a broad knowledge as both a tenant and investor in the commercial property market his wide range of skills and extensive network will be an asset to any future clients.

Positions Held at Colliers:

March 2006: Industrial Broker

April 2008: Industrial Manager

July 2012: General Manager

February 2014: General Manager -Associate Director

June 2014: General Manager – Director

Through specialisation and a commitment to true team work, Jimmy and his team have sold property in excess of $1Billion and negotiated innumerable leases.

With a strong focus on finding property solutions for his clients, Jimmy has successfully represented AA Insurance, EasiYo Products, Sealegs, Johnson Controls, Electronic Navigation and Maxwell Marine to name a few.

Jimmy is consistently in the top 10% of Colliers brokers.

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