Carey Smith

Chief Executive

Becoming involved in the real estate industry at the age of 17, Carey’s real estate career has predominantly been with the Ray White Group as a salesperson, franchise owner, development manager and since 1998 as the Chief Executive of New Zealand operations. His corporate career started with Ray White in Sydney 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 New Zealand 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. Carey has a specialised understanding of family business and succession and has studied at Harvard Business School, completing the OPM course and graduating in 2018.

Daniel Coulson

Chief Operating Officer

Ray White New Zealand is proud to welcome Daniel Coulson to the Ray White team as the Chief Operating Officer for the company. Daniel has a successful track record in the area of leadership together with change management, and will undertake important areas that will influence, strategise, and help the company collaborate to higher levels of performance. Since 2008, Daniel has worked both at a 'front-line' level where he personally auctioned in excess of 5,000 properties, as well as at a strategic level across multiple market sectors in national roles working with franchises, offices and salespeople to grow their businesses and market share. Daniel has been recognised on multiple occasions for his auctioneering achievements by both the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand as well as the Real Estate Institute of Australasia.

Treena Drinnan

Chief Agency Officer

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 joined the Ray White corporate team in January 2019 as Head of Network Services and was recently appointed Chief Agency Officer to provide strategic direction to the Ray White Network.

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.

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, with the drive and willingness to go the extra mile and challenge the status quo, bringing the Group the best results.

Keith Ashkettle

Head of Technology

With strong project and change management control, Keith has 16 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 the Group.

Zac Snelling

Head of Property Management

Zac began his career with Ray White in 2007 as a Property Manager and has since acquired 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 as Head of Property Management for Ray White New Zealand. 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 Ray White Property Managers.

Andy Ebbett

Senior Manager, Accounting Solutions

Andy is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and has joined Ray White after 10 years working in public practice for various accounting firms, predominantly working with small to medium sized businesses. Before this he spent 10 years in Spain running his own business so he understands the challenges faced by business owners in their day-to-day operations. Andy loves the challenge of enhancing the financial performance of the Ray White network and is partnering with business owners in helping them to interpret their numbers and identifying the key drivers that will impact on their financial and personal success.

Sam Steele

Lead Auctioneer

Lead Auctioneer for Ray White New Zealand Sam Steele uses his immense experience to add to Ray White’s already stellar auction clearance rate. Having called thousands of auctions nationwide and sold billions of dollars in value, Sam understands the complexities of each individual transaction.

An award-winning auctioneer, Sam uses his in-depth knowledge across all asset categories to ensure not only stand out results for his clients but an enjoyable experience.

Sam prides himself on ensuring auctions are conducted with professionalism, clarity and enthusiasm. Sam is regularly called upon by the media for commentary in the marketplace.

No stranger to performance under pressure – Sam spent years as an athlete competing internationally for New Zealand and on the professional circuit.

John Bowring

Lead 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 is the Lead Auctioneer for Ray White New Zealand. 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. John is regularly asked to conduct some of the most high-profile charity auctions in the country and has raised millions of dollars for charity in doing so.

Ben East

Training Manager / Auctioneer

One of New Zealand’s most dynamic young auctioneers, Ben East forged a reputation for impressive results early in his career. Bringing professionalism, energy, and a genuine presence to every auction, Ben is dedicated to getting the best price possible for his clients. With a passion for real estate and authentic drive, these values cement Ben’s foundation of his success to date, and what sets him apart. He has the ability to quickly connect with people and is a firm believer in building strong relationships and stays involved throughout the entire marketing campaign, offering valuable tips and insights along the way. Passionate about giving back to the community, Ben has also conducted a number of charity auctions for Ray White New Zealand offices.

Emma Craig

Digital Performance Manager

Having spent the past ten years in a variety of roles within Real Estate, Emma’s passion for the industry is present throughout her work. She has a proven reputation with a consistent history in Real Estate sales, database management, training, and driving new innovative ideas. Believing that the use of market-leading technology can successfully shape a business, Emma has joined the Ray White corporate team as our Digital Performance Manager.

Tarryn Van Dyk

Executive Assistant to COO and CAO

Tarryn works closely with Daniel Coulson and Treena Drinnan, providing organisational support to effectively enhance their day-to-day operations. With over 10 years of organisational support in corporate environments, Tarryn brings a depth of knowledge and skill where she manages the recognition programme, mentoring programmes, and travel for corporate members ensuring all aspects are executed strategically. Tarryn also manages events and training while assisting with the daily operations at the corporate office demonstrating her leadership qualities in her decision making. She is a self-motivated learner who carries out each task with a great deal of professionalism. Tarryn continuously looks for ways to improve efficiency and has a passion for building lasting business relationships.

Sylvia Fawley

Account Manager

Sylvia has been with Ray White Corporate for over 10 years and is an integral part of the corporate team. Her knowledge of accounts sees her responsible for the month-end processing, accounts, banking, payments and other financial reporting assistance as required.

Sophie van der Pol

Marketing Support Coordinator

Working closely with the Head of Marketing, Sophie supports Ray White's marketing strategy including all marketing-related activities and encompassing digital areas of the business. She helps the team achieve success in brand management, digital marketing, social media management, content creation, and graphic design. Sophie endeavors to continue Ray White’s industry-leading reputation and consistently contribute to the growth of the brand in New Zealand.

Renee Wilkinson

Executive Performance Support - Property Management

Renee works closely with Zac Snelling assisting him with all aspects of property management. With over 7 years experience in various roles within the industry, Renee brings with her alot of experience and knowledge to the team. Renee’s role is to bring an extra layer of support to our property management offices by assisting them with any queries that they may have, managing regular communications to our offices, and assisting Zac with the daily operations for property management.