#3 Individual Salesperson, Northland Region, to end March 2020
Ross joined the Barfoot & Thompson Commercial team in 2017 as a Senior Broker in the Whangarei and Bream Bay offices.
He works alongside the Barfoot & Thompson Commercial Agency and understands his client's requirements when asked to provide commercial services and marketing throughout Northland. Ross has sold in excess of $100 million worth of real estate and has been involved in commercial transactions for 20+ years.
Ross's professional career spans 48 years and during this time he has acquired skills across a wide range of commercial properties and development management knowledge and skills which to advise in regard to investment and the prospects of investment property. He can also give comprehensive advice on property management and the key areas needed to market or manage any given commercial property successfully. This includes architectural designs, town planning, lease negotiations, contract, project management and sales contracts. Ross is a loyal advocate to his clients and is committed to achieving his client's objectives through his experiences, knowledge and hard work.
Ross represented NZ Rowing in 1973 and 1974 in Lucerne, Switzerland, and became a bronze medallist at the world championships 1974. He is a long-time husband to Mary, proud father of four adult children and has a keen interest in life.
"I have known Ross for approximately three years in my capacity as Strategic Development Manager of the Northland Regional Council. My portfolio includes overall responsibility for the management of the Council's commercial property portfolio.
Ross has been a valued advisor to the Council on a wide range commercial property investment matters. He has been instrumental in the purchase of several properties and the redevelopment of at least one during my time. Ross's experiences and expertise were vital to the Council in the purchase of our current headquarters in Water Street Whangarei, and in the redevelopment of our Robert Street property for a long term lease with APN Ltd.
I have always found Ross to be trustworthy and expert source of advice, with the ability to understand the Council's operating environment and work with us to achieve our investment goals. I have personally appreciated his friendly yet professional nature and his ability to explain technical matters in a way that lay person such as myself can understand. I would be pleased to provide any other information required."
"I have known Ross in him capacity as a Real Estate Agent since 2000 when he commenced an investigation into the future office requirements of the Northland Regional Council. At that time, I was the Chief Executive Officer of the Council. During the course of that work, Ross succeeded in not only identifying an appropriate building for the council to acquire and then negotiating the purchase through a number of challenges, but he was also instrumental in securing an appropriate lessee for the Council's field headquarters. This was invaluable in making the deal work.
Subsequently Ross's work for the Northland Regional Council on a number of real estate transactions and investment options several of which nationwide organisations. He has excellent management skills, particularly in dealing with complex proposals, and he has a rare ability to create commercial opportunities by bringing the right parties together and facilitating a win-win situation.
I have no hesitation in recommending Ross as a man of integrity, professional character and excellent business acumen. I wish him well in his future opportunities.
I am happy to expand on this reference as requested."
"I have known Ross for approximately 35 years as a friend. Ross has been my chosen Land Agent for the last 8 years. Over these years I have purchased and sold several commercial properties in Whangarei e.g. Dairy House(4 storey), CYPS Building (3 storey), Connell Rishworth Building (2 storey next to the Court House), and several other commercial buildings.
Ross has dealt with many of these transactions in a highly professional manner. I have always found him to be very reliable and motivated. Ross has also helped in finding tenants for these properties and I have found his manner in dealing with these clients to be of a very high standard and he does go the extra mile.
He has a very high standard of ethics and would not hesitate to keep him as my Land Agent."