Ray White NSW celebrates its 2017 winners

More than 1200 real estate agents and guests last night celebrated the achievements of 2016-17 at the annual Ray White New South Wales awards, held at the International Convention Centre.
Ray White Double Bay had a very successful night, picking up number one city office in settled commission and the number two office internationally. Its elite agent Gavin Rubinstein took home the number one salesperson awards to be the top residential sales operator in NSW.
Gavin Rubinstein can also claim to be the number one residential salesperson in all of Australia, and in terms of international rankings across all Ray White businesses he is the number three salesperson internationally.
Ray White Double Bay director Craig Pontey, who received his 30 year tenure medal at the awards, paid credit to his whole team for its own success.
“We have a lot of agents in the top 10 and a number of sales people just outside (the top 10) and we pride ourselves on our training and the leadership that Mike Finger, Elliott Placks and I have invested in our business is paying substantial dividends,” Mr Pontey said.
“Our salespeople love structure and leadership, and energy. Ray White Double Bay has a culture of harmony and family which is quite important and we work hard to maintain it. Our business has been going now for 30 years and we have come of age, not just in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, but in all of Australia.
“To be recognised as the number one office in Australia is no mean feat as there 1100 offices in the Ray White network. Ray White is the number one agency group in Australasia and it’s a very valuable brand, not just to me as a principal, but also to all salespeople in the group.
“Ray White offers people a very big advantage in every market, and I want to pay my respect to the White family for their support and leadership.”
Congratulations also to Michael Finger, Ian Campbell, David Moppett and Leanne Sanford on their 30 year tenure medals.
Ron Kissell of Helensburgh had reason to celebrate, not only being awarded number one salesperson in settled commission regionally but also taking the most prestigious award of the night; the Director’s Cup Award, given to the person identified as having made a significant contribution to the Ray White brand.
Ray White New South Wales chairman Stephen Nell presented Ron with his award and remarked it was a outstanding achievement for him to have held the number one sales position in regional NSW for 10 years. 
“The Director’s Cup prize is one you receive, you do not win. It is not necessarily given for sales performance, however Ron Kissell needed to be recognised for just that. I note that the world’s greatest ever tennis player, Roger Federer has held the world number one ranking for only 5.7 years, which to most of us would seem like an eternity. But Ron Kissell has held our number one sales position in regional NSW for 10 years.”
One of the other top awards of the night went to Andrew Jolliffe of Ray White Hotels who took home the number one commercial performer in NSW. And we are very proud of Andrew for also being named as the number one top performer internationally across Ray White.
Catherine Li was named the top selling metro principal in settled commission while David Walker of Ray White Turramurra | Wahroonga won top selling city principal.
The number two city principal in terms of settled sales was Elliott Placks of Ray White Double Bay, followed by Michael Finger, also of Ray White Double Bay. 
At the awards, Ray White Sydney Blue CEO Jason Andrew said there was no doubt the Ray White network was more agile, dynamic and consistent than ever before.
“People and property are a perfect mix, and I have always loved Ray White. The people, the brand, the history. And make no mistake we are playing to win in Sydney,” Mr Andrew said.
“Big is good. And good is good. But being big and being good at the same time will make us revered. And demonstrations of collective strength will make our position impregnable. The paradox – the small stuff does matter.”
Ray White NSW Metro CEO Andrew Crauford said there was no doubt the group was changing rapidly, growing in strength and momentum every day.
“Not only is my perspective changing, but so too the entire landscape. But from here, I can tell you with absolute confidence that the Ray White Group has all the tools and resources you need to succeed today – all you need to do is reach out and use them. I can also say I understand what you’re going through and I’m here to help you, not only in staring down your challenges, but to overcome them,” he said.
“Never, have I been more excited about the future of our brand and the fabulous potential that sits within our network, within this very room.”
In property management awards, Ray White Newcastle Group took the top property management team of the year accolade, Zena Azzi of Ray White Bankstown won business development manager of the year, while property management team leader of the year went to Con Magias of Ray White Newtown. Kerrie Pelayias won property manager of the year for her role at Ray White Maroubra.
The individual client’s choice awards went to Michelle Lay of Ray White Kiama and Ellie Merriman of Ray White Bungendore. For the office client’s choice award, the winners were Ray White Kiama and Ray White Thompson Partners.
Other awards on the night included the Loan Market award for the best new broker in a Ray White office, given to Tiarne Leayr of Ray White Macarthur Group. Ray White Belconnen won the best approach to database management award, while administrator of the year went to Christina Anceski of Ray White Bankstown.