Ray White Elite member Michelle Greer who began her Real Estate career with Ray White Timaru in May 2004, became principal of the office in October this year. She has exciting plans for the building which is premises for her new business.
Established in 1864, The Timaru Herald was published in the iconic Sophia Street building from 1885 – 1994. It has been home to the Ray White office since 1998. Famous New Zealand sculptor Trevor Askin was commissioned by the Timaru Beautifying Society to sculpt the ‘Paper boy’, a life-size bronze statue installed on the street outside the Ray White office in 1997. Since then the statue of a paper boy and his dog attracts tourists and locals to the area who often pose for photographs beside the statue.
Michelle, who consistently sets goals and achieves them has already made huge changes to the look of the office and has welcomed two new team members – Administrator Gemma Stanley, formerly of Ray White Full Circle in Christchurch and property manager Tara Boston.
Michelle was born and bred in the Timaru district, so knows the area well. Whilst bringing in the Ray White look and feel to the building, Michelle plans to stay with historic colours in keeping with the cultural heritage of the town. She has obtained a yellow vintage bicycle which is now placed on the street outside of her office. The large, child-sized bicycle has a basket on the front, similar to those used by paper boys during the early days of Timaru Herald. Ray White Timaru is making use of the bike basket, placing their weekly brochures in it. Further enhancing the classic look to the Ray White Timaru style, Michelle intends to use yellow minis for her fleet.
Ray White South Island Business Performance Manager Julie Ryan commented that “It is exciting to see Michelle, who has created such outstanding results for her community and herself, take the move to business ownership. We see a very bright future for the re-energised Ray White Timaru.”