David Bernard

David Bernard

Sales Manager - Retail Sales & Leasing
City Commercial Branch
Mobile  021 331 243
DDI  09 363 1682

David Bernard

Sales Manager - Retail Sales & Leasing
City Commercial Branch
Mobile  021 331 243
DDI  09 363 1682

About David Bernard

My career first began in the fashion industry spanning close to 20 years. I held several roles which varied from production, sales and marketing to general management from wholesalers to vertical retail business models. These experiences enabled me to work in a number of overseas markets, including the UK and Europe. 

Upon returning from London, my extensive sales experience and an established network led me into commercial property. I specialised in investment sales and leasing with Bayleys for 10 years in the role of retail Sales Manager. I spearheaded the marketing initiatives, secured new project work which included Greenfield and Brownfield developments and several divestments of retail stock. This enabled me to build many business relationships which evolved from matching landlords with national and international tenants.  Notable deals included Foodstuffs, Progressive, Mitre 10, JB Hi Fi and many others to name just a few.

Following Bayleys, I took up a role with Retail Food Group (RFG), a publically listed company in Australia. When I commenced my role as the National Sales Manager for New Zealand, RFG was the largest hospitality franchisor in Australasia with over 2,000 franchisees and 15 franchise systems. In 2016 I became General Manager (GM) to oversee the NZ operation. I was responsible for all new franchise recruitment, transfer business sales, renewal of new leases, new site acquisitions, maintaining relationships with institutional landlords, dealing with conflict management and overseeing operational and marketing teams.

The itch to return to an agency returned and now I’m delighted to be part of the team at Barfoot & Thompson Commercial head office.  As Sales Manager, I lead a team of dedicated and hard-working salespeople and continue to build a retail agency presence through retail investment sales, leasing, site acquisitions and divestments. My experience, having completed over 200 deals, will prove to be of great value with any property requirements you may have.

In my spare time my wife and I enjoy raising our two teenage children and to switch off, I love to go on a long tramp through the bush and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of our great country.

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