A Melbourne real estate agent and business director has been elected as the new president of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) for 2021-22.
Adam Docking, who has served two terms as senior vice president, as well as one term as vice president, will be taking over the presidency from Leah Calnan, who is set to remain on the REIV board.
Mr Docking is the director of Vermont’s MJ Docking & Associates, first founded by Max Docking back in 1983.
The second-generation real estate agent has expressed that he is humbled and excited by the opportunity to support REIV members as they emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns and look towards the future.
He said: “If there was ever any doubt about the strength and resilience of the real estate sector, or the talent and leadership capability of the people in it, then the pandemic has disproved it.”
“As we look to 2022, I’m determined to continue building REIV’s position as the voice of the real estate sector at every level of government and across the business community so that the sector is recognised as the significant economic contributor that it is,” the president-elect stated.
“I will also focus on support and advocacy for our members – existing and new – as they adjust to the dynamic market under COVID-normal conditions and make a greater connection to the communities they operate in.”
He will be joined in leadership by senior vice president Richard Simpson and vice president Andrew Meehan.
On 1 October, two REIV members began their first terms as directors of the REIV board: Megan Mander (Metropolitan Zone) and Renee Reynolds (Regional Zone).
The REIV flagged that Ms Mander and Ms Reynolds’ election brings female representation on the REIV board to 50 per cent.
For out-going president Ms Calnan, it’s been an “extraordinary” two years for the real estate sector.
“Putting the pandemic aside, the past 24 months have seen some major issues and opportunities for real estate in Victoria,” she reflected.
“Some sector-impacting legislative changes and new regulations, such as the introduction of the updated Rental Tenancies Act, have required significant focus – the need to educate and train members on the RTA was and continues to be a major undertaking.
“The extraordinary rise of regional Victorian property values, as metro-based residents and businesses considered a tree change, was an interesting and important trend,” she continued.
“I’m looking forward to remaining on the REIV board to support Adam, my fellow directors and all of the hard-working employees of the REIV and broader sector. Real estate is a fulfilling career path with plenty to offer the tens of thousands of Victorians employed in it.”
Alongside the president announcement, the institute revealed that it is still searching for a new CEO following the resignation of Gil King in August, with an appointment to be expected towards the end of this year or early in 2022.
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