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Quadruple Victory for CBRE at RICS Oceania Awards

Sydney, 3 May 2013- CBRE has been named No 1 Commercial Sales Agency and No 1 Industrial Sales Agency at the 2012 RICS Oceania Commercial Property Awards (Australia).

In addition, CBRE took home two of the newly introduced team/individual awards, with CBRE Agribusiness Director Will Barton named Young Achiever of the Year and CBRE’s Local Government Super (LGS) team recognised as Property Management Team of the Year.

The RICS Oceania Commercial Property Awards recognise the contribution and outstanding performance of firms, teams and individuals. 

The Australian wins follow CBRE’s success earlier in the week in the New Zealand section of the Oceania awards, where the firm took home the Sustainability Initiative of the Year award and the Young Achiever of the Year award.

In Australia, CBRE took out the No 1 Commercial Sales Agency and No 1 Industrial Sales Agency titles after negotiating the highest value of office and industrial sales respectively during 2012. It is the second year in a row that CBRE has taken out both awards, which take into account all commercial transactions in Australia valued at over $5 million.

CBRE’s President & CEO, Australia & New Zealand, Tom Southern said the awards recognised the strength of CBRE’s Capital Markets platform and commitment to delivering optimum sales results for clients.

For the first time, RICS also announced a number of qualitative awards recognising commercial property teams and individuals. These awards were determined on the following criteria: innovation, professionalism and customer service, contribution to the community, talent development, professional ethics and standards, and team spirit.

CBRE’s Sydney-based LGS team, headed by John Derrick, was named Property Management Team of the Year. CBRE has been managing a portfolio of commercial and industrial properties for LGS for over 10 years. 

CBRE’s Regional Director, Asset Services, Phill Rockliff said the award was fitting recognition for the team’s achievements.

“The LGS portfolio has consistently outperformed industry benchmarks and been an industry leader in the area of sustainability, winning a series of awards,” Mr Rockliff said.

“This has been the result of a partnership approach between CBRE and LGS, where we have worked to future proof the seven assets in the LGS portfolio and introduce leading edge sustainability initiatives.”

CBRE’s Will Barton was meanwhile named Young Achiever of the Year, with the RICS judges noting that he had demonstrated that he had demonstrated excellence in relation to all the awards criteria.

Mr Barton joined CBRE in May 2012 as a Director in the firm’s newly established Agribusiness division, headed by Danny Thomas.

“Will is a consummate professional who has demonstrated an innate ability to provide national and innovative solutions for our Agribusiness clients,” Mr Thomas said.

“He has worked in various capacities in the agricultural sector, including managing his family’s pastoral holdings, which has provided him with the practical experience needed to cement strong client relationships with his clients. He has also demonstrated a keen understanding of the leadership qualities necessary to develop his team and foster a culture of excellence.”           

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