Judges

Adam Di Marco

Founder & Publisher, The Urban Developer

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With over a decade of property experience, Adam established Di Marco Group, a Brisbane-based boutique property advisory, management and development company focused on creating thoughtful, sustainable and healthy communities. Prior to this, Adam was a director of Marquette Properties where he was responsible for overseeing $400m of residential and mixed-use development. He has also previously worked with major public and private development firms in Australia and overseas including Leighton Properties and Nakheel International. Adam is also the founder and publisher of The Urban Developer, Australia's largest, most engaged and fastest growing community of property and urban development professionals, and founder of CityShape, a big-data startup for the property industry. Adam currently serves as an Ambassador for Opportunity International, one of the world's leading microfinance organisations and was recently the recipient of the Australian Institute of Management's '30 under 30' award.

Adam Puddy

Associate Director, Charter Keck Cramer

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Adam Puddy joined Charter Keck Cramer in 2017 and currently leads the Accommodation Solutions Group (ASG) function across NSW and QLD. Adam has over 11 years’ experience providing consulting and advisory services to a diverse range of clients, having previously worked for independent advisory firms, large corporate occupiers and global real estate firms. Drawing upon his significant experience in the property and construction industries, Adam is well positioned to assist Charter’s valued clients with various strategic property requirements. Adam prides himself on unlocking value for his clients through his skills in negotiation, due diligence and financial analysis.

Chris Gray

Leading Investment Property Expert and host of Smart Investing

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Chris Gray is the CEO of Your Empire, which builds property portfolios for time-poor professionals, searching, negotiating and renovating on their behalf. He is the host of ’Smart Investing’ on Sky News Business Channel and was the Real Estate Judge on ‘The Renovators’ on Channel Ten. As a qualified accountant, mortgage broker and buyers agent, Chris is the independent authority in educating buyers, sellers and investors about residential property in Australia. Chris started buying property at the age of 22, semi-retired at the age of 31 and currently holds over $15m of property in his personal portfolio.

David Spriggs

Chief Executive Officer, Infoxchange

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David Spriggs is the CEO of Infoxchange, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the vision of ‘technology for social justice’. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. David has over 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. Before joining Infoxchange in 2009, he worked for Kronos Incorporated where he led business partner operations across Asia Pacific and Europe.

Dick Karlsson

Co-founder and Executive Director of DIAKRIT

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Dick Karlsson is the Co-founder and Executive Director of DIAKRIT, the world’s leading provider of digital visualisation solutions for the real estate industry. Hailing from Sweden and with over 20 years' experience in the industry, Dick’s entrepreneurial background makes him the visionary behind many DIAKRIT solutions, having worked alongside C-level real estate professionals worldwide to take their property marketing and sales processes to the next level. He transmits key concepts in Business Innovation supported by smart adoption of technology — with emphasis on revenue opportunities & impact, efficiency, enhanced end user experience and new business opportunities.

Fiona Blayney

CEO & Founder, Real +

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Fiona Blayney is CEO & Founder of the highly successful consultancy, training, recruitment and outsourced services business Real+, specialising in estate agency services in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K and the U.S.

Greg Troughton

CEO, Real Estate Institute of South Australia

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Greg is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining REISA in 2007, he was Head of Strategy and Board Secretary at TIO and General Counsel and General Manager Corporate Affairs of a large public sector insurance organisation. Greg has a broad range of experience in accounting, policy, planning and management. Greg has been the CEO of REISA for over 9 years.

Jim Hall

Director Momentum Connect

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Jim Hall has over ten years of publishing and event delivery experience in the mortgage and real estate sector. As the director of Momentum Connect he leads Momentum Group's content marketing and event experience agency. He was previously responsible for a number of Australia’s leading real estate titles, including Real Estate Business, Residential Property Manager, Smart Property Investments and Which Property Investment. His position gives him a unique oversight of the entire real estate industry - about which he is deeply passionate.

Jim Macey

Director, Herron Todd White

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Jim is a Director of Commercial Valuations at Herron Todd White (Melbourne) specialising in the valuation of Hospitality and Leisure properties including accommodation hotels, motels, gaming hotels, pubs, caravan and tourist parks, manufactured housing parks and serviced accommodation facilities. Herron Todd White is one of the largest independent property valuation and advisory groups in Australia with more than 850 staff across 64 offices.

Julie Masters

Founder and CEO of Influence Nation

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Julie Masters has spent a career decoding influence. Co-Founder of ODE Management, the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency with offices across the USA and Australia. She is now the Founder and CEO of Influence Nation, working with business leaders and organisations to become the voice of authority in their space.

Kevin Turner

CEO and Executive Producer at Real Estate UNCUT and Real Estate Talk

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Kevin Turner worked in radio as General Manager of various east coast radio stations. He started in real estate in 1988 and was ranked in the Top 10 Salespeople in the state until he was appointed as State CEO 1992. He operated a number of real estate offices as business owner and was General Manager of several real estate offices in Christchurch. He now hosts a real estate show on Radio 4BC and a weekly podcast at www.realestatetalk.com.au. He is the host of a daily 7 to 10 minute podcast show for real estate professionals at www.reuncut.com.au.

Neville Hurst

RMIT University

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Neville Hurst is a senior lecturer in property studies at RMIT University, Victoria, Australia. Originally trained as an electrical engineer he has worked extensively in industry and for the last 33 years in the property sector as a practitioner and academic. Prior to joining education Neville owned and operated his own real estate agency for many years selling and managing properties on behalf of clients. A significant part of this business was a business brokerage run in partnership with his business partner. Academically Neville’s research interest focuses on real estate industry practices, valuation practices, housing markets and in particular energy efficient housing. Currently undertaking his Phd, Neville is investigating real estate agent attitudes and engagement with sustainable housing and is working with peak industry bodies to create greater awareness of the importance of energy efficient housing for a sustainable future.

Samantha (Sam) McLean

Managing Editor, Elite Agent & Elite Property Manager Magazines

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Samantha McLean is the joint owner and Managing Editor of Elite Agent and Elite Property Manager (EPM) Magazines, winners of prestigious Publishers Australia Awards Editor of the Year (Business) in 2015 and Business Magazine of the Year in 2016. A sales and marketing professional with more than 20 years’ experience (and a sales coach in her own right) she has held senior management roles in the past for companies like Optus, Cisco, British Telecom and PwC but found more excitement in the real estate industry, where, she says, “it’s much more competitive, moves at a faster pace, and every little edge counts”. Passionate about the responsibility of publishers to effect positive change for their audiences, Elite Agent, now in its third year of publishing, is about highlighting the success stories in the real estate industry with a mission of inspiring and motivating others. For more information visit eliteagent.com.au.

Shane Goodwin

Managing Director, Housing Industry Association

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Shane Goodwin is the Managing Director of the Housing Industry Association. HIA is one of the largest industry associations in Australia and is the only national industry association for Australian building professionals representing their interests at regional and national levels. HIA’s extensive membership program supports residential builders, trade contractors, developers, design professionals, kitchen and bathroom specialists, manufacturers and suppliers. HIA has been supporting the Australian home building industry for more than 70 years and through its national code of ethics promotes the highest standards of work and conduct by building practitioners within the community. HIA has been promoting excellence in building through the Australian Housing Awards program for nearly 40 years.

Sherrie Storor

Real Estate Coach

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Sherrie Storor is one of Australia’s most astute and experienced real estate experts. Sherrie is a respected speaker at renowned industry events including the Australian Real Estate Conference (AREC) and the organiser of the Women in Real Estate Business Series, where she shares insightful knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of extensive experience. Her extraordinary career history includes launching a multiple-office project marketing and residential sales business, offloading her vast rent roll for a record sum in record time, growing a database of 35,000 contacts, and personally selling more than 850 properties while being associated with the transactions of more than 4,000 others.

Steven Persson

CEO, The Big Issue/Homes for Homes

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Steven, a social entrepreneur, has been CEO of The Big Issue since 2005. The Big Issue is Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise. It is an independent, not for profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. Steven is also the CEO of Homes for Homes, an initiative developed by The Big Issue to raise funds to increase the supply of social and affordable housing. Previously Steven held the position of CEO for a number of medium to large not for profit organisations providing services such as employment, personal care, housing and case management across a wide range of social needs over a period of 30 years. Steven is also on the Board of Directors of INSP (International Network of Street Papers).

Val Borbone

CEO Banter Group

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Valentina Borbone has over 20 years' experience in marketing and digital, holding a number of roles, including CEO of full-service marketing agency, Banter Group, an Expert Advisor for the International Social Media Association and the lead digital marketing trainer for the Australian Data-Driven Marketing Association. Valentina has extensive hands-on practical experience in digital strategy and consulting, digital media buying, content strategy, social media strategy and implementation, and email marketing. Valentina brings her wealth of experience through education within the real estate sector, including being a Digital Live social media coach & mentor, teaching for realestate.com.au and numerous individual real estate agency brands.

Viv Kelly

Editor, Mumbrella

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Vivienne Kelly is an editor and journalist with extensive experience across media, marketing, advertising, real estate and property investment. She is currently the editor of Mumbrella - Australia's number one media, marketing and advertising publication. Prior to this, she was the managing editor for real estate at Momentum Media, which included heading up the daily REB news bulletin and assisting with the Top 100 Agents ranking. She also produced and regularly co-hosted the Smart Property Investment Show podcast. This experience means Vivienne is uniquely placed to unpack why brands succeed, which advertising strategies work best and what it takes to be a market leader. She also understands what makes an agent stand-out above the rest at a local and network level, what it takes to achieve the best sale price for clients and why agents are an integral part of building communities.