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Ray White New Zealand Management Team

Carey Smith
Chief Executive

Becoming involved in the real estate industry at the age of 17, Carey's real estate career has been predominantly with the Ray White Group, as a salesperson, franchise owner, development manager and since 1997 as the Chief Executive of New Zealand operations.  In recent times, he has also taken responsibility for the growth of the Ray White Group Asian operations. His corporate career started in Sydney with Ray White in late 1989 as a development manager and auctioneer.  In 1994, after running a business for two years he became involved with the Western Australian operations of Ray White to amalgamate and merge Mair & Co and Peet & Co into the brand of Ray White. In 1996, Carey came to New Zealand on behalf of Ray White when the company traded through o with 58 offices as United Realty.  In late 1998 he took leadership of the operation with the conversion through to Ray White United and subsequently Ray White Real Estate. Today Ray White NZ group stands at 165 offices and 1,902 Salespeople transacting approximately 14,797 properties, worth $10.2 billion annually. With 912 Property Managers and 17,700 properties under management, Ray White offers a full suite of services for Vendors and Landlords. The company has shown continued growth which now sees the business as one of the preeminent real estate groups in New Zealand selling 1 in 5 of all residential property sales nationwide.

+64 21 999 035
csmith@raywhite.com

Graeme Fraser
Head of Agency Operations

Graeme has worked in the Real Estate Industry for over 24 years. He has a successful track record in roles including business development, regional franchise management and business ownership. He has been with Ray White for over 5 years.
His current position focuses on the New Zealand Strategy Plan and its delivery throughout the New Zealand network.The plan has entered its second five-year phase. Key deliverable's of the strategy are market share, profit, lead generation, recruiting and retention, trust, the understanding of our primary customer, our decision making, our core family values and our broader collective commitment. Graeme also oversees compliance, complaints and risk management for the Group in New Zealand and represent's Ray White at the REAA and REINZ.

+64 21 834 330
gfraser@raywhite.com

Ella Kiliuyi

Digital Manager

Ella’s Real Estate career began in 2012 as a Real Estate Salesperson and since acquired a wide range of experience in the industry as the Product Manager for The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. Ellahas joined the Ray White Corporate team as the Digital Manager to provide One System support and training so everyone in the Ray White group, no matter their role, can make the most of the tools available to them.

+64 21 83 55 55 

ekiliuyi@raywhite.com

Jane Meyer

Regional Manager

Jane is Christchurch based and has been involved in the real estate industry for over 20 years as a Licensee Agent, Sales Manager, Operations Manager managing the East Side division of Harcourts Gold Real Estate. Jane was awarded the REINZ manager of the year for 2015. Jane was from 2008 to the Skills Organisation as a marker of real estate agents’ certification papers and currently is an Industry Advisory Group member for the REAA. Jane's career is one that has seen her build up substantive relationships and is known for her high-quality delivery of outcomes for both salespeople and clients. She has, over time, built up a reputation of being able to manage a significant number of salespeople and an ever increasing portfolio of successful sales across the East Side of Christchurch. Jane understands the dynamics of real estate business management and enhancing levels of business attraction.  Her skills around listing and selling property will be invaluable. Her knowledge base is broad, covering  the events in Christchurch first-hand; in particular the ‘As Is’ category of housing, coupling this with her understanding of client relationships and knowledge of the Act. Jane is looking forward to adding to the business mentoring, financial performance and also aligning with the growth in the area of market share and importantly customer satisfaction.

+64 27 661 3854
jmeyer@raywhite.com

John Bowring
Head Auctioneer

John has been in the Real Estate industry for almost 18 years – starting in residential sales before moving into auctioneering, where he has specialised for the last nine years. With well over 4,000 auction calls to his credit, John’s undoubted strengths are his calling and negotiating skills. John was the National Auctioneer for Colliers International for more than six years before starting his own auctioneering business. John has now joined Ray White in New Zealand as their Head Auctioneer. John has been involved with Ray White for some time calling auctions on the live TV auction of The Block NZ and independently calling in excess of 450 auctions this year for the Group.John’s professionalism and desire to improve means he is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading auctioneers. He is a regular competitor in the REINZ Auctioneering Championships; featuring as a finalist in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2018. John also represented New Zealand in the Australasian Auctioneers competition, where he was a finalist in both 2015 and 2018.

+64 21 850 441

Keith Ashkettle
Head of Technology

With strong project and change management control, Keith has 15 years experience looking after the technology and systems for Ray White New Zealand. Responsible for the implementation of new technologies to the Group Keith not only looks after new office website and technology setup but also mobilisation and business technology solutions in an online space to drive traffic and engagement through digital marketing channels. An integral part of the management team, Keith provides strategic direction and is involved in all aspects of digital marketing and online presentation from customer relationship management to print delivery - whilst leading digital implementation and development for our Group.

+64 21 555 588
kashkettle@raywhite.com

Larissa Tuhaka
Head of Marketing

Larissa brings a depth of skills to the Group with a passion for brand identity, relationship management and problem solving. Larissa manages the roll-out of international marketing initiatives to Ray White New Zealand and focuses on keeping the company's visual identity prominent and consistent by ensuring all marketing tools are relevant and available. Larissa also manages many internal communications to our group, national marketing initiatives and long-standing relationships between various print and media partners and suppliers. Larissa brings a competitive edge, current New Zealand representative for Track & Field, with the drive and willingness to go the extra mile and challenge the status quo, bringing the Group the best results.

+64 9 377 5069
ltuhaka@raywhite.com

Stephanie Watson
Head of Franchise Operations
 
Stephanie joined the Ray White Corporate team in 2007. Her extensive corporate experience assists in the development of formal relationships between corporate staff in New Zealand and Australia, New Zealand franchises, our clients, and financial members. Stephanie oversees all internal and external franchise liaison - including maintaining legal documentation for new and existing franchisees, the onboarding process for new offices, the implementation and maintenance of our awards tracking system, and financial reporting and New Zealand network performance statistics.

+64 9 377 7343
swatson@raywhite.com

Zac Snelling
Head of Property Management

Zac began his career with Ray White in 2007 as a Property Manager and has since acquired had a wide range of experience in the industry through different roles within the Ray White group, eventually leaving to start his own independent Property Management company. This experience has given Zac a large skill set and a true passion for the industry which he brings into his role heading up the New Zealand Property Management division. Zac sees his role as a way to support and develop the businesses within our network to achieve their goals through rent roll growth, improved profitability and ongoing skills improvement through the delivery of increased learning and development opportunities for our Ray White Property Managers.

+64 21 444 429
zsnelling@raywhite.com

Treena Drinnan
Head of Network Services

With over 24 years experience in management, marketing, administration, and franchising of real estate it is fair to say Treena found her calling at an early age, and people and property remain her passion today. A licensed agent in her own right Treena has held senior management roles for various Australasian real estate franchises throughout her extensive career. Bringing a vast array of real estate knowledge and expertise Treena joins the Ray White corporate team as Head of Network Services and will assist the network with compliance, complaints, customer satisfaction, recruitment and market analytics to name a few.

+64 21 991 971
tdrinnan@raywhite.com

Jason Topp
Finance Analyst

Jason joined the Corporate Team to use his skills and experience to help Business Owners understand the key drivers of their profitability and interpret the story their numbers are telling them. After a number of years working for New Zealands largest Corporate Businesses, he is well versed in translating numbers and communicating them in an understandable way. He is a regular speaker at Accounting conferences on topics ranging from how to present numbers to senior management, through to the changing skillset required for the future accounting industry. He also MC's many accounting events and awards dinners and brings a wealth of experience in financial analysis, forecasting, and budgeting. Jason has spent a number of years overseas in roles as varied as bartending at a ski resort in Canada, to a Finance Manger for a global PR company. He has a young family and loves Downhill Mountain BIking, hiking and camping.

+64 21 991 244 
jtopp@raywhite.com

 

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