April 28, 2020 | Melbourne, VIC
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RISE 2020 Speakers
For anyone working in or connected to the real estate industry, RISE is a movement for ‘good’ led by an industry collective, and for which the stewardship has now passed to Melbourne for 2020.
RISE2020 is an event that is seeking to redefine success in real estate around core themes of mastery, wellness and inspiration.
A lover of words, the arts and nature, he couldn’t think of any better place to live, work and play than Byron Bay.
After nearly 30 years in the shire, 20 of them with First National Byron Bay, Chris is the ‘go-to’ man for all matters real estate. He can tell you when something sold, what price it fetched, who bought it and what it’s likely to make in today’s market (without turning on his iPad).
As Principal of First National Byron Bay, Chris prides himself on running an ethical, sustainable business that employs, trains and retains the best local staff. His achievements are built on a foundation of honesty, transparency and a results-driven strategy.
Since 2005, Chris has been engaged by some of Australia’s top companies in developing positive organisational cultures. It’s no wonder his own company has the best sales record in the region, has been consistently awarded top First National office across NSW, boasts an exceptionally high staff retention rate and sets best-practice standards in employee satisfaction.
Chris was recently honoured with an Order Of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to literature and to Indigenous education as well as Byron Shire’s Citizen Of The Year. Both awards are in recognition of the exceptional work Chris has done for the local community through his work with the writers festival as well as with numerous organisations and initiatives including the Byron Bay Masterplan Group.
An integrated real estate services business, McGrath today is one of the most successful real estate companies in Australia with an established and respected market presence in NSW, the ACT, Queensland, and has now expanded into Victoria.
In October 2008, John was honoured by the Real Estate Institute of NSW with the Woodrow Weight OBE Award, a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the real estate industry. John was founding director of the REA Group and served on its board from 1999 to January 2018, serving as chairman from 2003-2007.
John himself has become a spokesperson for the industry both in Australia and internationally. John has five books that have reached bestseller status including “You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant” and “You Inc.”. In “The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate”, John shares with the reader his invaluable knowledge on the Australian property market.
John’s community work dates back to 1992 with involvement in Sydney City Mission.
instrumental in assisting. Two are now reality; to see her beloved Bulldogs win a premiership and
for women to play AFL. Only one remains —to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Susan is a lady who is never wearied. Among multiple roles, she is the Chairman of the Susan
Alberti Medical Research Foundation and the Co-founder and Managing Director of the DANSU
Susan and her late husband Angelo, established the DANSU Group as an industrial and
commercial builder and developer of industrial estates and business parks approximately 45
years ago. Susan’s business success allowed her to devote more time to her private passion of
After losing both her husband and daughter in tragic circumstances, and in a short period of time, Susan began looking to make sure that no other families had to experience the loss that she had.
Following advice from her late daughter Danielle, a type 1 diabetes sufferer, Susan established
the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation with the aim of curing type 1 diabetes. In 30
years, Sue has been responsible for raising in excess of $200 million toward medical research.
Through her charity work, Susan has also been responsible for establishing multiple research
wings and units, including the Susan Alberti Complications, the JDRF Danielle Alberti Memorial
Centre for Diabetes Complications, and the Susan and Angelo Alberti Diabetes Discovery Wing
to undertake research.
Outside of this work, Susan, a passionate Western Bulldogs supporter, joined the board of the
Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2004. She retired from the Board in 2016 after serving 3 years
as Vice President.
Susan’s passion for AFL extended to the newly formed AFLW league, and her involvement
helped to clear a path for women to be involved in the game. She is currently the national
ambassador for the women’s AFLW league.
In 1997, she received her AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contribution towards the
cause of diabetes research. On Australia Day in 2007, Susan was awarded her AO (Officer of
the Order of Australia). This was in recognition of her long and outstanding contribution to major
medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for type 1
diabetes care and research. In 2016, Susan was presented a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) award. To add to her accolades, Susan was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Victorian of the Year.
For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). He then completed over 2 years as WVA’s Chief Advocate.
Currently, Tim remains as Executive Director of Micah Australia and continues to place the
challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He is also Senior Fellow for the Centre for
Public Christianity. He remains spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.
Other positions he holds are: Chair of the Community Council of Australia, Chief Advocate of the
Thriving Communities Partnership and Patron of the National Youth Commission.
In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.
He opened his first real estate office at 22 years of age, has worked in the industry for over 30 years and has a Masters's degree in Management Coaching.
The top 1% in the industry are coached by Tom Panos.
Tom Panos has helped new agents write $1m in GCI in their first year and established agents 2x their market share using his #AttractionAgent business model, scripts & dialogue, systems & processes and social media strategies.
His Real Estate Gym online program has trained thousands of agents since 2015. His weekly #SundayNightRant reaches an average of 12,000 viewers from around the world.
A self confessed 'crap housewife', Jess has gathered a strong and loyal following with her #craphousewife movement, uniting and celebrating other mothers who, like Jess, sometimes feel like they are not the perfect mother, wife or cook. With humour and honesty, Jess shares her amusing misadventures on CrapHousewife.com.
As a published author, Jesshas written The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, Love. Wisdom. Motherhood., and her 2015 memoir Is This My Beautiful Life? In April 2019 Jess released her fourth book, The Diary of a Crap Housewife, a hilarious and insightful book that calls for fellow mothers to embrace their perfectly imperfect lives.
In 2019 Jess joined seven fellow Australian personalities as they travelled to Virginia, USA to learn the iconic dance routines from 1987 romantic drama Dirty Dancing in Seven’s reality dance series The Real Dirty Dancing.
Jess has teamed up with her best friend and TV icon, Denise Drysdale, for a new weekly podcast titled One Fat Lady and One Thin Lady. Recorded live at Jess’ dining room table, Jess and Denise compare their very personal, hilarious and candid tales of family, work, relationships and all the bits in between that we call ‘life.’
Jess is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, having herself experienced post-natal depression. Jess is an ambassador for beyondblue and a patron of Mental Health Australia. In 2015 Jess was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for her mental health advocacy work and her contribution to Australian media.
Jess is married to Nine News Sydney presenter and 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton and together they have two young daughters, Allegra (12) and Giselle (9).
The simple analogy is that if you were getting heart surgery you would want a heart surgeon who knew what he was doing. When it comes to real estate requirements Martin Cooper is a business owner who does know what he's doing and with a very hands-on approach to running his own business his experience combined with the experience, attitude and professionalism of his team has been an award winning combination.
Starting out in 2010 with just 5 staff, today Phil leads a highly-trained charge of over 160 professionals throughout 5 offices.
Under Phil’s mentorship and guidance, his multi-award-winning team sells over 1500 homes each year and manages over 2500 rental properties, confirming Harris Real Estate as a clear industry leader.’
Fiona’s energetic and motivational presence has ensured her popularity at industry events. She regularly performs keynote presentations, seminars, workshops, facilitated panels and acts as MC for many of the leading industry groups both in Australia and abroad.
Known for her no holds barred approach, Fiona believes her role as an Industry Thought leader is to push boundaries, challenge the status quo and in general “break stuff”, then work with her clients to get personalised results.
Passionate about Real Estate since her first day in the profession in 1992, it would be fair to say that whilst Fiona has learnt along the way, there are many a person and business that has benefited from time spent with her. Whether she is building a strategy with a start up, or mentoring a veteran through their exit programme, Fiona is a chameleon of talent.
Oh and by the way, Fiona works directly with the team at TRET to bring you ARPM the largest independent Residential Property Management conference on the industry calendar.
He became known as one of the highest performing agents in Australia from 1995 to 2003, having executed the sales of many of Sydney’s most distinguished inner-city residences.
In 2003, along with Ivan Bresic, he launched BresicWhitney, the leading residential inner-city agency in Sydney.
With much of his time spent at the forefront of the highly successful brand and sales team, Shannan has recently re-established himself in a hands-on selling role.
Shannan’s transactional expertise stretches across a wide range of markets including premium city-fringe housing, high-end apartments, and many of the city’s most significant warehouse sales.
Shannan has been the go-to agent for many architectural-led properties, given his extensive exposure to innovative construction and design. He’s been able to articulate and present the design products artfully to a buying audience.
He has an extensive knowledge of the commercial sphere, and a deep knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the property sector.
Today, Mark is the Ray White Group’s Chief Executive of Growth, working with agents and businesses around Australasia to implement strategies for success.
He wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on Adolescents with Cancer and named and founded CanTeen more than 30 years ago with a group of young cancer patients.
He has worked as an academic, researcher, and political lobbyist. He is also the author of 14 books and sits on the Board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the National Centre Against Bullying and the Federal Government’s Online Safety Working Group.
He is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's Sunrise, as well as a social commentator on the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW and Sky News. He is married with 2 sons and is a special Patron Of the Hawthorn Football Club.
globe, Dr Grosse could also be called the “Father” of the modern-day coaching and
mentoring world. Some forty years ago, in his thriving psychotherapy practice in
Phoenix, Arizona, a number of Dr Fred’s clients began to engage him as their corporate
consultant. Word got out, and these days he is coach and mentor to some of the highest
achievers in real estate, financial planning, the automotive industry and other
entrepreneurial industries around the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
When he talks about his own career path, acknowledging the calibre of people who
consult him now, Dr Fred reckons it’s not bad for someone who dropped out of medical
school – unheard of in those days! He went on to dedicate the rest of his life to a deeper
calling. After six years in seminary he graduated as an ordained Rabbi and embarked on
what was to become his destiny path- working with people like you and me, whom he
describes as “incarnate angels”- helping them to uncover their talents and passions,
connect with their souls and claim their inheritance, a Magnificent Life.
After earning a PhD in clinical psychology from International College in Los Angeles,
Fred combined his pastoral duties as a Rabbi with a private practice in psychotherapy. He
went on to set up the Gestalt Growth Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 1971. As his client
base expanded to include business executives, managers and sales people, he established
the Institute for Management, Organization and Motivation, an international seminar and
management consulting firm with offices in Phoenix, AZ and Christchurch, New
Now an international speaker, business psychotherapist, consultant and coach, Dr Fred
travels between the South Pacific, North America and Europe sharing and expanding
upon his six primary precepts for business people:
Life is primary and business funds life
Top dollar-productive activities and habits should be the focus when at work
Family, friends, health and fun, the focus when at home and play
Delegate and increase your personal productivity
Focus on what you can offer your clients, not on what you can get from them
Give back to your community
An accomplished and captivating speaker, Dr Fred brings not only 45 years of sharing his
wisdom with large audiences, but also an outrageous and disarming sense of humor and
perspective on human beingness.
Naturally an outstanding achiever with an accompanying strong work ethic, Kate is highly committed to personal development with a record of sporting achievements highlighting her focus, drive and determination. In her past career as an elite athlete, Kate played softball for Australia on 143 occasions and represented Victoria in a multitude of sports.
Kate gives no less than 100% in every endeavour and the same level of energy that Kate has devoted to her sporting and business career is now channelled to helping people achieve their real estate goals. A Susie Harris Memorial Fund board member raising funds for research and equipment to combat Motor Neurone Disease, Kate is passionate about supporting the wider Bayside community.
Sam’s passion, however, is listing and selling real estate, and in 2019 he was recognised as the
number 1 sales agent within the Jellis Craig network. This comes as no surprise when you take into account his habit of record-breaking sales and a dynamic mindset that motivates his team to
continually strive for the best and nothing less.
In addition to being an unrivalled property leader, Sam is a seasoned speaker with events such as Josh Phegan’s List Sell Negotiate, Melbourne Real Estate Conference and The Business of Real Estate under his belt proving that when Sam has something to say, it’s worth its weight in gold.
In 2018 Sam was recognised as one of the best in Victoria’s real estate industry when he won the REIV’s Residential Salesperson of the Year (Executives).
12 years ago, I was compelled to enter the real estate industry. I recognized that genuine human connectedness and unsurpassed service are essential cornerstones for our company.
My years involved in healthcare, commerce and property, my completion of an MBA, and my AREINZ credentials underpin my absolute commitment to, and passion for the effective marketing and sale of real estate for our customers and clients.
Since then I have listened to people’s stories and guided them on their real estate journeys. I’ve walked beside, and worked with my team and their clients to make certain that their hopes, dreams and expectations are realised.
How is a successful team of colleagues created? Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and at Ray White Remuera we embody this philosophy with mutual trust, friendship, support for our colleagues and collective professionalism.
A good business contains great people, but a great business is created by extraordinary people. We are working towards being the best that we can be - every single day.
I genuinely care about our people – and they know it. Through aligned values & the power of co-opetition, we are achieving a level of service & results that is transforming our industry for the benefit of those we are lucky enough to serve.
Tanja’s high level of customer service and personable approach to real estate will ensure her clients are for life.
His clients are rewarded with his uncanny ability to consistently negotiate multimillion-dollar results whether on the open market or on a very discreet and confidential manner through his extensive clientele based locally and internationally.
Successfully selling in excess of $350,000,000 worth of Melbourne’s finest real estate every year including several high-profile luxury family estates, Marcus and his team now hold both the Melbourne Metropolitan and Victorian state record for the most expensive homes ever sold, eclipsing the previous Victorian state record of $26,000,000.
Consistently rated amongst the top five agents nationally and three-time recipient of the ARERA Australian Real Estate Agent of the year, Marcus’ disciplined approach, unwavering focus and top-performing mindset are of paramount importance in his continued success.
Friendly, intelligent and knowledgeable, Samantha grew up in Werribee and has first-hand experience with a unique perspective of the area. Samantha is keen to share her expertise with any potential new residents. “It's fantastic living here, the best thing about it,” she says, “is the fact it's a well serviced community, and it's close to the city.”
Born and bred in Bentleigh, Trent has an in-depth and up-to-the-minute understanding of the local market - important attributes in today’s competitive real estate industry. Prior to working in real estate, Trent gained valuable customer service experience working in the hospitality industry – experience he puts to good use when working with buyers and sellers.
As a partner, Trent invests in developing the skills of his team, leading by example and emphasising the importance of developing trust. Prompt communication and the ability to empathise with his clients’ needs from day one are equally as vital.
“My easygoing and approachable nature immediately puts vendors at ease during one of the most stressful undertakings. To achieve great results, people have to trust you during negotiations – this has been one of my primary strengths” he says. Continually driven to achieve the best possible result for his clients, Trent has enjoyed several sales awards over the years, acknowledging both his commitment to clients and his ability to deliver high-performing results.
Matthew takes great care with every element of the campaign process, priding himself on his attention to detail and ability to adapt his strategic approach to suit each clients’ unique set of needs. A background in sports commentating has refined Matthew’s auctioneering and negotiating skills, setting him apart from his peers on auction day and positioning him to achieve successful campaign outcomes time and time again.
The fast-paced world of real estate fits perfectly into Matthew’s active lifestyle. While health and fitness form an integral part of his weekend routine, Matthew also makes time to help out at a non-profit charity that is close to his heart, Love Me, Love You Foundation, and his wonderful family: wife of ten years, Belinda, and two kids, Duke and Stella.
Across more than a decade in real estate, Carla has been recognised with several outstanding
performance awards, including the REB 2017 Top 10 Women in Real Estate, the 2017 number one salesperson at Jellis Craig Armadale and number one sales team at Jellis Craig Stonnington. Carla is also a Partner of the business.
Not just focused on ``the deal``, Carla is motivated to achieve exceptional results while also building strong relationships and ensuring the sales process is stress-free for her clients. She is frequently commended for her high-level communication skills and her friendly, approachable manner.
Other notable strengths include Carla's ability to market properties with precision and her aptitude for determining the exact buyer profile for each sale. In turn, she is able to match buyers to properties and move forward with negotiations in a timely and results-focused manner.
A keen eye for interiors and architecture supports Carla's focus on premium properties throughout Armadale and neighbouring suburbs. From single fronted homes in Prahran to large, Federation era properties in Malvern, Carla's local knowledge is unmatched, and she keeps her finger firmly on the pulse of market trends.
``I really do live and breathe my job,`` she says. ``I'm privileged to have found a profession that I am absolutely passionate about. I believe that my drive, dedication and honest approach helps me to achieve the best outcome for my clients.``
A marketing graduate with extensive retail sales experience, Mark Di Giulio was destined for success when he opted to pursue his career in real estate. “Real estate is a much more challenging and rewarding sales environment than retail because of the ongoing communication and negotiating it involves with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.”
Mark has lived locally in Manningham for more than 20 years and obtained his real estate grounding as a member of his colleague Spiro Drossos’ number one sales team across the Barry Plant network of 80 offices. “This experience with Spiro coupled with my marketing degree enables me to develop and implement effective marketing campaigns that reach the maximum number of potential purchasers and deliver superior results to my clients.” Energetic and totally focused on his clients’ needs, Mark is a firm believer in the merits of consultation during every phase of the selling process. “In my view, it is imperative that all parties to a sale be kept fully appraised of the situation every step of the way until settlement.”
Mark shares the Barry Plant commitment to service excellence and says, “The company has become a leading real estate network through its ethical approach to doing business, outstanding public image and consistently maintaining high standards.” Mark is an experienced, highly accomplished member of the Barry Plant team, with a record for consistently achieving top results for his clients.
Away from the cut and thrust of real estate Mark spends his time at the gym or pursuing his other interests which include soccer, boxing and classic cars.
Liz’s communication and organisational skills marry well with her exceptionally high level of
energy. She has a dynamic personality and in a short period of time, her career has been fast
tracked with achievements including her appointment as Partner in 2011.
When looking for a real estate agent, among the qualities people expect are energy and
enthusiasm. Liz Walker has both of these in abundance. Living locally and having a vested
interest in the area, Liz leaves no stone unturned in her quest to achieve the very best for her
Liz has a dynamic personality and in a short period of time, her career has been fast tracked
with achievements including her appointment as Partner in 2011. Liz was educated at Wesley
College and experience in the fashion industry early in her career has given her an expert eye
In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband Dave and their two children
Charli & Luca, friends and family and shopping locally. She also spends as much time as she can with her Border Collie Indy.
With over $400 million in sales in just 8 years, Sonya Treloar has become a name synonymous with 'Excellence in Real Estate'.
Sonya's passion for property and her desire to share, influence and help others has been a cornerstone of her career at Ray White. Sonya's long held desire to make a difference is being fulfilled daily as she helps buyers and sellers with this significant transition in life, buying and selling a home.
Now entering her 8th season with Ray White and expanding her borders further across the breadth of Brisbane's Northside, Sonya and her team have brought back to Real Estate a genuine sense of customer service, ensuring that both sellers and buyers enjoy the experience in every way. Her unique style of communication and effervescent personality, coupled with her authenticity and confidence, make Sonya a natural choice when marketing and presenting a home.
Sonya maintains a broad understanding of the real estate markets with a very real and intentional desire to know every corner of her neighbourhoods in which she has chosen to specialize. This coupled with a very capable and multi award winning skills set has seen Sonya achieve outstanding results for her client’s time and time again. Her ability to advise and assist her clients on how best to prepare their property for the market, using the many attributes that Sonya has acquired, give her a distinct edge and earns Sonya repeat and referral business on a regular basis.
Sonya's commitment and dedication to her client's shines through and her many awards are a true recognition of this.
Sonya's motto, which she proudly displays, 'Loving what I do knowing that it matter's' is a genuine reflection of her commitment to both her profession and her clients
Home buyers, sellers and valuers have come to realise that Steve understands the Remuera market better than most.
After retiring from the Navy in 1996 and moving to Remuera in 1998 Steve set a goal to establish himself as an expert in his area. More than 550 sales and a plethora of satisfied clients later, it is quite possible that Steve has achieved that goal.
Perhaps the most important question however is ``what can Steve do for you``? The answer is abundantly clear. Should you choose to work with Steve, he is now in a position to add significant value to your next real estate transaction.
Focusing on the needs and goals of her clients, Angela is a strong people person and continues to enhance her skillset by attending master classes and professional development forums. Forming an integral part of a committed team with a proven record of excellent outcomes, she is proud of the high quality standard of service and professionalism they bring to the table.
Working in the job she loves, Pru brings knowledge and professionalism to the team. She works calmly and efficiently with those around her to provide clients with an efficient and stress-free experience during the marketing and negotiation processes involved with real estate transactions.
With exceptional organisational skills, a professional manner and willingness to do her very best, Pru has won numerous awards for marketing and administration. Pru was a finalist for the REB Top 100 “Administrator Of The Year” 2015.
While she is an incisive strategic thinker and excellent negotiator, Madeline also likes to micromanage all aspects of her clients’ campaigns ensuring that they are implemented with the utmost care and attention to detail. She places a high priority on open and honest communication at all times throughout the campaign. A testament to the results she consistently achieves and the rapport she builds with clients is the high level of repeat business and referrals she receives.
Involved in mentoring and training her colleagues, Madeline is also committed to undertaking training and development programmes herself in the interests of being able to deliver client service and results that remain ahead of the game.
As passionate as she is about her career, Madeline does enjoy downtime with her partner James, daughter Poppy, son Harry and dog Luigi, spending weekends at the beach as well as Pilates and generally keeping fit.
Since then, John's innovative and personal approach coupled with his expertise and intimate knowledge of the market, have set Cunninghams as a benchmark business in the industry. His team has become one of the most highly awarded in Australia and the business is recognised throughout Australasia for its ‘Best Practice’ systems and operations.
John is a proud and active member of the Real Estate Institute of NSW, serving on the Board of Directors for the past twelve years and in November 2015 was elected as President for a two-year term. In 2018 John was recognised for his contribution to the Real Estate Industry and was awarded the prestigious Woodrow Weight award from the REINSW and then in 2019 he was awarded the Highest honour in Australia, the REIA Presidents award for services to the Real Estate Industry in Australia. His goals of turning the industry into a profession have been set in motion as he forges positive change for agents and consumers alike.