Here is a little bit of information about our fast growing team. We hope you find their individual stories inspiring.
Jo Chivers first job was jillarooing in outback NSW after leaving school, her pay was $60 a week working 6am to 5pm six days a week. This first introduction to full time work gave her the hard working ethics she still uses today. Since that first job, Jo has travelled the world, completed a marketing degree and spent 14 years marketing and building some of the world's best known brands, managing multi million dollar budgets. These brands took her to Thailand, New Zealand, London, LA and New York where her last corporate role for a luxury cosmetic house saw her travelling to New York on frequent trips working out of the famous Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. Having an insight in such a lavish world she realised there had to be an easier way of making her millions. She was working very long hours and couldn't see how her and her husband could ever start a family and keep up such a demanding position.
Her decision to enroll herself in an intensive property education program taught her about the many strategies available for property investing. Using one of these strategies, she very quickly built up an investment portfolio in Sydney only to realize that she could only hold so many negatively geared properties. She switched strategies to developing properties, realizing how to create equity rather than wait for it to come via capital growth. After completing her first development her friends asked her if she could do the same for them. Seizing the opportunity to help others develop property, her business Property Bloom™ was born around the same time as her first son. In just a few years, Jo has built up a successful property development project management business, developed more than 36 properties for her clients and had two children. Her plans are to expand the business nationally in the near future. She structures her work around her family, leaving plenty of time for her two energetic sons who she plans to teach early the benefits of property investment.
Gus has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development management in various industries. Starting his professional career in the IT industry, in the last 10 years his focus has been in the real estate industry. Gus is a licensed real estate agent, and has been trained in business management and administration, and financial services. Having established a project management real estate company in Australia in 2001, he then took a post overseas as Director of Sales of billion-dollar companies in Qatar and Dubai. Their projects spanned countries such as England, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Seychelles, and more. In his experience around the globe, he has acquired an understanding of market trends and the highs and lows of developing and investing in real estate. Gus has built his own multi million dollar property investment portfolio and has a great desire to help others do the same.
Property has always been Richard’s passion. He studied Architectural Drafting and Design whilst living in New Zealand. Once he completed his studies, in 2001 he moved to Australia to further his career in the Property Industry. Since then, he has been employed by property investment consultants and builders in Sydney where he has project managed a number of renovations, subdivisions and new construction approvals. In 2008 he worked with a Sydney based Asset and Project Management company and was responsible for the relocation of medium to large business’ in the Sydney CBD. This involved co-ordinating the design, approvals and construction of new office fit-outs as well as managing the client budget for construction and furnishings. In 2010 he began working with a local builder in the Hunter Region on NSW, managing the Quantity Surveying, general approvals and contracts stage for clients. It was in this role when Property Bloom used this builder that we met Richard and were so impressed by his customer service and experience that we hired him! In 2011 he started working with Property Bloom where he project manages projects ranging from dual occupancies through to six villa projects. With property playing a major role in Richard’s life, it is no surprise he is currently developing property in the Hunter to increase his own property portfolio. Richard’s experience and knowledge of local Hunter council requirements enables him to manage our projects ensuring clients receive the benefit of his drafting, estimating, planning and building experience.
After 10 years of working and living between London, Paris, Monte Carlo, Tokyo and New York Joanne returned to Australia to pursue her passion in property. After much research she bought her first property that was due for rezoning for $210,000 sold it a year later for $320,000 - an $110,000 profit realised from very thorough research, attention to detail and minimal cash outlay. Recognising she wanted to continue to create equity she moved onto renovation. Joanne was asked if she would source and renovate a property that was to create $50,000 within 8 weeks. At this time she owned a successful business on the northern beaches but was ready for a change so took the project on. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty or her boots muddy so was involved in many aspects of this renovation. It taught her a lot about project management, timing and how to work a power tool but most importantly revealed her greatest joy is to help others achieve their goals. As a member of Property Bloom she has the great pleasure to assist clients grow their property portfolio and achieve their wealth creation goals. Joanne founded Sydney Property Investing Forum and is a member of Women in Real Estate Sydney (WIRES).
Kylie has had over 10 years experience in public relations and marketing whilst also owning two small businesses. She has a diploma in Public Relations with experience in both agency and in-house program management and more recently has been promoting and organising networking and small business education events for businesses in the northern Sydney region. With a few years away from work to be a full-time Mum to her two young children, Kylie's passion for property was realised during this time whilst attending property workshops and seminars and renovating her own home. With an interior design course under her belt she is keen to combine her passion for property with marketing and public relations to help others realise the benefits of developing property and how it can help them reach both short and long term life goals.