API recognises Excellence in Property

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THE Australian Property Institute has announced the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Property Awards.

The awards celebrate both individual and company excellence across the property profession and were presented at the National Property Conference (NPC) on the Gold Coast.

API CEO Amelia Hodge said, “This is the second year of the revised Awards and once again we have been impressed by the calibre of both winners and finalists in all categories. By showcasing the incredible talent within our profession, we believe we continue to encourage outstanding service delivery and product development, which in turn drives improved outcomes right across the broader property industry.”

The NAB Property Services Group won the Australian Property Institute Valuers Limited’s (APIV) Workplace Diversity and Culture Award, which recognises leadership and excellence in promoting diversity and creating a progressive workplace culture for the advancement of the property sector.

The m3property Valuation Team of the Year Award was picked up by Savills, in recognition of excellence in the application of valuation standards and a commitment to best practice across a valuation team.

Westlink Consulting contract valuer Celeste Orange won the Opteon Young Professional of the Year Award, which recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry and demonstrated professional excellence and demonstrated personal contribution to the API community of Young Property Professionals, as an active volunteer, advocate and role model.

The University of Melbourne Innovation in Property Award was awarded to the CBRE Digital Innovation Team for the development and implementation of an innovative project, product, technology or system and demonstrated benefit of the project, product, technology or system to the property industry as a whole and/or the community.

Herron Todd White’s interim CEO Jacqui Bayles won the Preston Rowe Paterson Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award. Named after Lesley Bennett, the API’s first female member, it recognises leadership, professionalism and outstanding contribution to the property community. Lesley graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1961 and was admitted as the first female Associate of the Institute on 7 June 1962. She was employed in the Real Estate Office of the Victorian Railways and after graduation was made a staff valuer.

Finally the Valuecorp Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award winner was Greg Clarke, Queensland Chairman, Property Industry Foundation. Named in honour of the first President of the Commonwealth Institute of Valuers (the API’s original name), recognises significant contribution and commitment to the property profession and the API community.

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