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Colliers celebrates award winners

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Colliers held their annual awards night at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Friday as the organisation took the opportunity to celebrate the success of its team members.

Charles Cooper, Auckland Managing Director for Colliers, says the event, which honoured a range of people from the organisation’s key service lines, was held in excellent spirits.

“Our awards night was an outstanding occasion, and it was nice for our colleagues to get together and celebrate their success during what has been a challenging period due to Covid-19,” Cooper says.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a strong team of experts at Colliers, and I congratulate all of our winners and look forward to seeing what they will achieve next.”

National Director of Industrial Greg Goldfinch received the Top Revenue Award for the fifth consecutive year, while the Highbrook office where Goldfinch is based was named Brokerage Team of the Year.

“I extend my congratulations to the Highbrook office and to Greg Goldfinch for what was another memorable year as they continue to set the standard for commercial real estate excellence,” Cooper says.

Goldfinch says he is humbled to have collected another accolade given Colliers has so many market leaders in various business lines across New Zealand.

“In a very challenging year given Covid-19 lockdowns, I was extremely proud of how everyone at Colliers pulled together and looked after one another and our clients’ wellbeing first and foremost,” Goldfinch says.

The Highbrook office completed the three largest individual industrial sales deals in the New Zealand market in 2021, but the moment Goldfinch takes the most pride in was his team’s record-setting fundraising effort for Motor Neurone Disease, which raised more than $215,000 in June last year.

“This was very close to home and very personal to me. The effort summed up the quality of people I’m lucky enough to lead and how supportive our loyal clients are.”

As part of a memorable night for the Highbrook office, Industrial Sales Broker James Dickey was named Rookie of the Year, Office Manager Sanna Rongonui won the Auckland Managing Director’s Award, and Director of Industrial Ben Cockram was named MVP for Brokerage.

The North Shore office enjoyed an unprecedented year of success as they earned the Divisional Growth Award, while Director of Sales and Leasing Matt Prentice was presented with the Golden Gavel for his sales volume in the auction room, and he also claimed the Account Manager of the Year Award alongside Director of Investment Sales Shoneet Chand.

Meanwhile, Jill McMillan from the Corporate Solutions team in Wellington received the coveted CEO’s Award, while the Christchurch office, led by Managing Director Hamish Doig, was named Franchise of the Year.

Colliers New Zealand CEO Mark Synnott was incredibly impressed with the recipients.

“Jill McMillan has performed beyond all expectations for Colliers’ Corporate Solutions in 2021. It’s tremendous to be able to recognise her efforts as Director of Operations, with the CEO’s Award. Jill showed great leadership and business-winning skills in a very challenging year,” Synnott says.

“Colliers’ Christchurch agency performed off the charts in 2021 and they have been great to work with as we continue to expand our business in the South Island. During his 30 years with Colliers, Hamish Doig and his team have been outstanding partners and clear market leaders in commercial and industrial real estate. We are proud to be associated with them.”

Scott Thomson from the Wellington office was named MVP of Corporate Solutions and Gerard Earl, National Director of Corporate Solutions at Colliers, says he was a standout selection.

“Scott is a true leader within our business and has taken on significant additional responsibility to ensure his team and the organisation has continued to perform strongly through challenging conditions,” Earl says.

Colliers Valuation and Advisory Services were named the Team of the Year - Business & Professional Services and Senior Valuer Callum Kayes was named MVP for Professional Services.

Digital Marketing Manager Min Lai received the Director’s Award and Director of Capital Markets Blair Peterken was named Marketer of the Year.

Guest Services Coordinator Sienna Kim was presented the Colliers Spirit Award and Technical Support Officer Jairus Maningas received the Impact Player award.

People and Performance Advisor Emily Cumming was named MVP of Administration, while Sales and Marketing Executive Kelly James from the Residential Projects team received the MVP Team Support award.

Holly Lynn, Centre Manager at North City Shopping Centre in Porirua, was named the MVP REM National Shopping Centres and Senior Property Manager Echo Cai won the MVP REM National award.

The full list of winners can be seen below.
Auckland Managing Director's Award: Sanna Rongonui
Spirit Award: Sienna Kim
Rookie of the Year: James Dickey
Golden Gavel: Matt Prentice
Impact Player: Jairus Maningas
Marketer of The Year: Blair Peterken
MVP Administration: Emily Cumming
Franchise of the Year: Christchurch Agency
CEO's Award: Jill McMillan
MVP Team Support: Kelly James
MVP Brokerage: Ben Cockram
Account Manager of the Year: Shoneet Chand & Matt Prentice
MVP Professional Services: Callum Kayes
MVP Corporate Solutions: Scott Thomson
MVP REM National Shopping Centres: Holly Lynn
MVP REM National: Echo Cai
Top Revenue Award: Greg Goldfinch
Director’s Award: Min Lai
Divisional Growth Award: North Shore
Team of the Year - Business & Professional Services: Valuation and Advisory Services
Team of the Year – Brokerage: Highbrook Industrial



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Charles Cooper

Managing Director - Auckland

Auckland CBD

Charles is Colliers Auckland Managing Director, holding a strategic role responsible for client service experience, growth strategies, and profitability of the Auckland business.

Charles is also a key member of the Colliers New Zealand board of directors and the Australasian senior leadership team.

Colliers’ Auckland business is one of the strongest commercial real estate services brands in the market and employs over 200 professionals in five  offices across the city.

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

He is also responsible for people management and culture across the Auckland offices, including leadership and direction, recruitment, mentoring, skills development, and succession planning.

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Mark Synnott

Chief Executive Officer | New Zealand

Auckland CBD

Mark joined Colliers International in 1989, when the company was first established in New Zealand. He assisted in establishing the leasing and agency side of the business in Auckland.
In 1994 Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Colliers in New Zealand. Since then, he has grown the Colliers team in New Zealand from 65 to 650 staff.

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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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