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McGrath nabs former Ray White New Zealand GM

By Grace Ormsby
18 May 2021 | 1 minute read
Kyle Pitman

The network has named a new head of learning and development for its franchise business, as it looks to move to a hybrid mix of online and offline learning, training and development.

Kyle Pitman has been revealed as McGrath’s newest hire, and he will bring 25 years of industry experience to his new role.

Most notably, he was the national general manager at Ray White New Zealand for a number of years, having founded his own consulting and training business since then.

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He also boasts experience as both an agent and a real estate franchisee. 

McGrath has also touted his depth of knowledge in audio and video technology, which Mr Pitman attributes to working many years in the entertainment industry.

“It empowered me with a skill set [to] incorporate valuable learnings to the real estate industry — which I am passionate about,” he reflected.

“In an industry moving at a very fast pace, improving our skills is more essential than ever before, and one that will intensify in the future.”

While face-to-face group education will remain an important component and continue to be relevant, he added that “the requirement for quality, up-to-date resources being available to agents in real time digitally will become an added focus”.

“I want to ensure they are delivered effectively in short, sharp modules to our people,” he added.

Mr Pitman considered McGrath to be “widely known for its passion for personal growth and which resonates with my own values”.

He said: “To me, they are the standout brand in real estate today wanting to make a significant difference.

“We equally share the same passion about the quality of their people and the tools required to make them excel. With this in mind, I’ve hit the ground running!”

For McGrath’s head of franchise, Christopher Mourd, “learning and development through a delivery of digital platforms are vital to a more sophisticated and user-friendly way of training our people”.

He said the business is excited about the prospect of “delivering these elements digitally, combined with face-to-face learning mix”.

“Videos, for example, were once the realm of entertainment, but now it is the medium by which we deliver education across a wider geography and skill set. Our agents want to digest information through podcasts and videos for quick absorption while on the move, and balance that with in-room learning with their peers,” Mr Mourd said.

“And we are committed to providing the very best solutions available to our teams across our entire network.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Grace Ormsby

Grace Ormsby

Grace is a journalist across Momentum property and investment brands. Grace joined Momentum Media in 2018, bringing with her a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from the University of Newcastle. She’s passionate about delivering easy to digest information and content relevant to her key audiences and stakeholders.

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