I have over 40 years’ experience in the Banking and Finance, Legal, Real Estate and Strata Management. My career has included working for or with both domestic and international banks. I have created new financial products in conjunction with private banks. Due to my experience in structured finance and investments I have been asked to consult in several major fraud cases in England and United States. This involved reviewing extensive amounts of legal structures, investment products as well as having a detailed understanding of their respective investment laws.
While this allowed me to retired in 2004 and for the first six months it was fantastic. Then I discovered that retirement was not to my liking. I could not just sit back and let life go past. Still having a young family I needed daily challenges so I went in search for new opportunities. Having honed my skills over many years, it was essential to me to put my skills to use - I needed something that involved and could challenge me daily. Whatever I did it needed to provide a number of things;
⎫ Looking after finances,
⎫ Management of multiple owners;
⎫ Management of third party contractors;
⎫ Preparation of Budgets; Large or Small
⎫ Chairing Meetings:
⎫ Legal issues Simple or Complex;
⎫ Problem solving;
Several family and friends suggested that I consider Strata, after looking at the market I decided that strata management ticked all the boxes so I become a Strata Manager.
I thought that the professionalism was lacking in the industry as there was so many complaints about strata managers. My aim was to bring a new level of professionalism to the industry.
I saw that managing a strata complex is balance of managing people equally as attending to the repairs and maintenance. Being a great communicator and enjoying being a people person I have the perfect balance of meeting the expectations of all parties. This means I can mediate between owners, executives, tradespeople etc by treating everyone with respect while still ensuring that their points are listened to and if needed corrected.
My personal moto in life is Non recuso laborem. This means I do not refuse work.
It is easy to stand out from the crowd when the bench mark is so low.
My strengths lie in my ability to understand the complex legal aspect of the Strata Schemes Management Act, being able to communicate with Lawyers and Building Consultants/Engineers and other contractor while controlling the overall finances of the strata scheme.
This then allows me to then address an Owners Corporation / Strata Committee meeting to progress the matters in a fast and cost efficient manner. Matters are simply dealt with due process.