Our 2022
Methodology and Judging


Any individual wishing to enter is asked to complete a detailed submission answering key criteria items.

Nominating is easy and will take less than a minute; nominations across multiple categories can be done in one form.


All submissions must be received through our secure awards platform by the date shown on the event homepage.

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REB Awards finalists are announced; individuals will be contacted directly as well as published on the REB and REB Awards websites. Finalists will be announced on the date listed on the event homepage.


Submissions will be delivered to a panel of respected industry professionals and business leaders who will assess each submission. Judges will score each submission across a range of criteria, which can be found under each category description once you have registered to lodge a submission. A number of judges will individually assess each submission for each category, offering a blended score and assessment.


One winner will be announced per award category, with the awards presented at a black-tie gala dinner.

For additional details on the methodology and your submissions, please contact our team.

*Submission categories are subject to change.

Our 2022


Andrew Phanartzis
Andrew Phanartzis
Director , Property Association

Andrew Phanartzis is currently the Director of Property Association, a consultancy firm for residential developers in Australia. The company offers a suite of services including, acquisition, planning, creative, sales and property management.

Andrew is extremely motivated, knowledgeable, loyal and reliable. He prides himself in exceeding expectations, adding dollar value to clients and sets the bar high. He believes the property market is dynamic and constantly evolves his strategic approach to enhance its effectiveness.

Andrew’s exposure to large residential developments, master planned communities and house and land subdivisions has provided a wealth of experience with some of the largest developers in Australia.

Andrew is a licenced real estate agent, holds a BA in Human Resource Management & English from the University of NSW and has completed PS146 Financial Planning qualifications.

Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch
National Client Relationship Manager , Aon

Peter Lynch is a leader in Professional Indemnity Insurance in the real estate, valuation and management right industry sectors.

He boasts over 30 years’ experience with Aon Risk Solutions and as the Client Manager is responsible for developing new business within the real estate sector including the identification of business opportunities with franchise groups and other stakeholders.

He took a significant role in providing advice and support to introduce a Real Estate specific indemnity insurance scheme and is responsible for the highly successful REIQ/REINT schemes which he coordinated with the assistance of industry, lawyers, underwriters and claims staff.

Peter has a strong interest in promoting safe and quality business practices in real estate and has been a regular contributor to course materials, presentations and editorial submissions. He has been called upon to be a guest speaker at training forums for the REIQ, REIA, REINT, REIWA and various franchise groups.

Peter also provides individual Risk Management training to a number of his Franchise Group clients.

Jess Densley
Jess Densley
Coach , Jess Densley Real Estate Coach

Jess Densley is the founder of the Elite Agency Success System, a leading real estate consultancy group working with business owners and sales people to achieve peak performance in their business worldwide.
He has previously been a high performing real estate agent ranked in the top 2% of agents in Australia, inside the countries largest franchise group operating from a regional market place. Jess also has been a leading business owner who operated an awarding winning real estate business that was crowned the number one regional business a record 4 times across Victoria & Tasmania.
As well as being a leading sales coach, Jess also has credentials as an accredited level one (ICG) human behaviour coach working with corporate organisations on unlocking potential in their individuals and teams.

Jason Back
Jason Back
Director , Broker Essentials

Jason is the Director of Broker Essentials and is Australia’s leading Mortgage Broker Mentor and sort after media commentator. In 2016 Jason foundered Broker Essentials and launched a training program for brokers after years of inquiries into the best practices and habits of a high-performance business.
Jason was named 2021 Mentor of the Year at The Adviser Better Business awards, 2021, APAC Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 - Financial Services, ABA 2020 Mentor of the year, and AMA 2020 Service provider of the year. He was the Managing Director of The Australian Lending & Investment Centre (ALIC) and has been instrumental in taking ALIC to the forefront of the mortgage brokering industry. In 2014,15,16 and 2017 ALIC was voted the top independent brokerage of the year by Mortgage Professional Australia, Australia’s best brokerage in 2014 & 15 at the Australian Mortgage Awards and MFAA in 2016 and 2018.

Jason has over 30 years’ experience in the finance sector, having worked in senior sales, distribution and management roles for ANZ and having provided financial advice and services on behalf of financial planning, equity trading platforms, private banking, lending and retail distribution brands.

More details can be found on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-back-broker-essentials/ and at Broker Essentials www.brokeressentials.com.au

Donna Stone
Donna Stone
Director , Stone Business Coaching

Donna Stone is an entrepreneur, multi award winning business coach and published writer. She grew her own business from a garage to five locations around Australia before successfully selling it. She has been business coaching for over a decade and just had her sixth book published. Her business is called Stone Business Coaching.

Whilst she has formal qualifications, it’s her 30+ years of real world experience which has allowed her to become an expert in her field. She has previously judged awards and funding applications in both Sydney and Brisbane and sits on a number of Boards and Committees.

Leanne Pilkington
Leanne Pilkington
President , Real Estate Institute NSW

Leanne is Managing Director of leading New South Wales boutique real estate group Laing+Simmons, and one of the real estate industry's most respected and sought after commentators.
She is one of only a handful of women leading franchise organisations across the country. Addressing the gender imbalance, empowering women agents, developing a Male Champions for Change program suitable for small business and pushing towards industry-wide professionalism are all key passions for Leanne.
She continues to pioneer industry firsts such as establishing a women's real estate networking group, which is now an international initiative, and introducing counselling and employee assistance programs for Laing+Simmons team members, while serving on industry bodies and championing the growth of professionalism in the industry at large.
Her 35 years of experience covers the full spectrum of real estate services: residential sales, property management, retail management, commercial leasing, property development and franchise management.
Leanne is a Licensed Real Estate Agent, completed her Ass. Dip. Valuation at UTS and a Masters Degree in Business Administration at the Sydney Graduate School of Management.
She has been a Finalist in both the Telstra and Optus Business Women awards, and AREA for Most Influential Women in Property. She has been awarded the REB Thought Leader for 2017, a finalist in 2018, 2019 and was recognised in the recent 100 most Powerful People in Sydney list, and she is the current President of the REINSW.

Neville Hurst
Neville Hurst
Senior lecturer , RMIT University

Neville Hurst is a senior lecturer in property studies at RMIT University, Victoria, Australia. Originally trained as an electrical engineer he has worked extensively in industry and for the last 33 years in the property sector as a practitioner and academic. Prior to joining education Neville owned and operated his own real estate agency for many years selling and managing properties on behalf of clients. A significant part of this business was a business brokerage run in partnership with his business partner. Academically Neville’s research interest focuses on real estate industry practices, valuation practices, housing markets and in particular energy efficient housing. Currently undertaking his Phd, Neville is investigating real estate agent attitudes and engagement with sustainable housing and is working with peak industry bodies to create greater awareness of the importance of energy efficient housing for a sustainable future.

Joshua Firth
Joshua Firth
Managing Director , The Dubs

Josh has a career spanning over 30 years helping finance brands build their audience with content that people want to watch, read and share.
Originally a finance journalist by trade with News Corp, he’s worked across Australia, Asia and the UK with giants in media, big banks and the world’s biggest internet company, Google.

In 1996 Josh co-founded financial content marketing agency The Dubs and has since been helping Australia’s finance brands create engaging content that makes them stand out. Working with big brands like Westpac, CBA, ANZ, BT Financial, TAL, and Citi, Josh has led the agency to create content that helps clients grows brand credibility, audience engagement and scale across global markets.

Tony Rowe
Tony Rowe
CEO , MRT Training (RTO 41529)

He is a post-graduate degree qualified professional with diploma-level qualifications in Education, Property, Business, and Training & Assessment Systems. He is a Justice of the Peace in NSW.
Tony has been involved in the administration of several Registered Training Organisations (RTO) with a focus on the real estate and property sectors over the past 18 years.
Tony has an extensive background in education, training, business and sports coaching. He brings a wealth of experience to the table every time!
He is well known for innovation in delivery and has been responsible for the development of many training programs which have given rise to new delivery methods by competitor organisations. He is a leader in the development of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) processes in the property sector.
He has an established reputation as a key solution provider for employers and businesses in the property sector that require a focus on the development of their teams to meet the business objectives.
Tony’s focus is on individual outcomes, and tailoring solutions that take into consideration the circumstances and experience of the client.

Rex Afrasiabi
Rex Afrasiabi
Principal Lawyer , M A Legal

Rex is a principal and the founder of M A Legal. Rex started M A Legal with an immense drive to help his clients achieve success within the framework of the law.

Rex has an extensive legal background holding roles as General Manager and Legal Counsel for a large manufacturing distribution company, Senior Solicitor acting for members of the BRW 1000 Entrepreneurs List as well as legal counsel for government bodies and charitable organisations.

He is known for his business acumen and ability to guide clients not only through complex commercial litigation and business negotiation but in their strategic growth and planning needs. He has played a pivotal role not only in start-ups but in existing large enterprises with his clients comprising real estate moguls and business leaders.

Rex brings a unique and fresh perspective to legal challenges in business and commerce as he himself engages in significant property development ventures, sits on a number of boards as well as is a founding director of the charity, Build 4 Kids Inc.

Rex develops and extremely strong rapport with his clients and is driven to achieve the best possible outcomes for them and in return has built a significant and loyal following. He is an extremely passionate individual who does not do anything in half measures; it takes one look at his collection of motor and boxing memorabilia to know that he will fight for his clients. His lovely demeanour aside, he is fierce and fearless in all his pursuits.

Rex is a family man having welcomed his daughter into the world in 2017 and has an ambitious list of pursuits outside of work not limited to snowboarding, racing cars and motorbikes, boxing, weight training, enjoying a good wine and espresso martini, and travelling.

Lisa B
Lisa B
Real estate trainer , Lisa B Group Pty Ltd

Lisa has been in real estate since 1993 owning multiple Real Estate Businesses. Lisa is a successful Real Estate Trainer and Coach. Founder of Lisa B Media, The Real Estate Training Community and The Real Estate Hotline.
Named by Elite Agent Magazine as Top 50 Influencer in Real Estate In Australia.
5 x Best Selling author.
REINSW - Top 24 female coaches, speakers and trainers in real estate.
You will find Lisa every day at sunrise on her kayak where she enjoys magic moments, shark and dolphin spotting.

Michael Field
Michael Field
Partner , EvettField Partners

EvettField Partners work with business owners and leaders of medium-sized B2B organisations in Australia and New Zealand. We develop competitive strategy to materially improve revenue, margin, market share - and increase enterprise value for a wide range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, building and construction, chemicals, distribution, electronics, engineering, finance and insurance, food production, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing, mining, property and technology.

Vasili Hadzellis
Vasili Hadzellis
Head Consultant | Trainer | Coach , Core Property Management Consulting Australia

Vasili Hadzellis is an award-winning business coach and consultant who made an impact on the world of real estate at 17 years old. In a gutsy move, he left his lucrative career with one of Australia’s largest Real Estate Corporations to start his own business and fulfil his passion for making a difference in the industry he loves.

As Core Property Management Consulting Australia, Vasili helps hundreds of real estate agents Australia-wide get passionate about Property Management and business growth.

Known for his unlimited energy and enthusiasm, Vasili is a sought-after keynote speaker and advisor who shares his expertise and insights at major real estate conferences, mastermind groups and is regularly featured as a columnist for Residential Property Manager Magazine.

With an ever-growing list of accolades and awards, he has personally designed and implemented new processes, procedures, innovative systems and technology for a multitude of real estate companies and achieved impressive market share results.

One of his standout achievements includes building a rent roll organically from zero to 1000 for one of Sydney’s top real estate agencies in only 3 short years.

Since then, he has gone on to kick-start growth for many agencies using the same innovative strategies.

Committed to lifting the benchmark in property management services, Vasili is on a personal mission to revolutionize the experience owners and tenants receive within the Real Estate industry and educate professionals on delivering superior service.

Clients and customers rave about his “infectious” energy and the ability to “eazify” the complex – making property management and business strategy easy to understand and implement.

A truly motivating, inspiring and ‘genuine’ professional, Vasili takes the commitment of “delivering excellence” to a whole new level and is unwavering in his dedication to help others achieve their dreams, goals and sky-high ambitions.

Melanie Hoole
Melanie Hoole
Digital Marketing Strategist , Hoole.co

Melanie Hoole specialises in social media marketing; helping real estate professionals perfect their personal brand, build a first-class digital profile, and implement inbound marketing activities to attract home sellers and find more listings. If you’re looking for digital marketing or social media help, but are unsure where to start, contact Melanie at www.hoole.co or read her #digithoole insights at www.hoole.co/blog.

Doug Mathlin
Doug Mathlin
Founder , Smart Borrower

Doug is a founder of Smarter Borrower, a service that helps borrowers save money on their home loans. This service is primarily provided by intermediaries as a client retention and acquisition tool.
After 25 years in the finance industry working with a variety of organisations, Doug and his co-founders identified an opportunity to help people be debt-free before they retire.
Prior to Smarter Borrower, Doug founded FrontRunner Consulting Group providing business development advice to banks, brokers and other financial services providers.

Hayley Mitchell
Hayley Mitchell
Director , MitchellPT

Hayley Mitchell started in Real Estate in 1999 and has built a successful career working in all facets of Property Management including owning her own businesses. A fully licenced Estate Agent, Hayley has won numerous awards and accolades including REIV Property Manager of the year twice and was also named one of Elite Agents Top 50 Industry influencers in 2017, 2018 & 2019. She is passionate about improving the standards in the Industry and shares her knowledge with others through her training and Events Company – MitchellPT. This business provides training that is Innovative, relative, and useful.

Thom Richards
Thom Richards
Co-founder and designer , Managed
Kevin Turner
Kevin Turner
Director of Programming & Content , Realty Media Group

Kevin worked in radio as General Manger of various east coast radio stations. He started in real estate in 1988 and was ranked in the Top 10 Salespeople in the state until he was appointed as State CEO 1992.

He operated a number of real estate offices as business owner and was General Manager of several real estate offices in Christchurch.
He now hosts a real estate show on Radio 4BC and a weekly podcast at www.realestatetalk.com.au . He is the host of a daily 7 to 10 minute podcast show for real estate professionals at www.reuncut.com.au

Jeff Zulman
Jeff Zulman
Founder & Managing Director , TrailBlazer Finance

Jeff Zulman is one of Australia’s leading M&A specialists, with expertise in the mortgage
broking and financial intermediary industries. Jeff’s market knowledge and savvy insights
have been gained over a 25-year period, from executive roles at Goldman Sachs on Wall
Street and in London, to managing financial institutions in Sydney. Jeff also understands
what it takes to successfully start, manage, buy and sell businesses, as he has done so with
several of his own businesses.
As the Founder and Managing Director of Trailblazer Finance, Jeff offers finance, brokerage
and consulting to mortgage brokers, financial planners, accountants, equipment rental
brokers, real estate agents and strata managers. Jeff and Trailblazer Finance provide the
loans that banks can’t or won’t provide.
Jeff is sought-after in the finance industry as a speaker, writer, commentator and awards
judge. Jeff studied at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, read law at Oxford
University, England, and studied Tax Law at Sydney University.

Charlotte Pascoe
Charlotte Pascoe
Chief Executive Officer , Stockdale & Leggo Corporate

Charlotte Pascoe is the CEO of the Stockdale & Leggo network. With a career spanning close to 20 years, Charlotte has vast experience across all facts of the Real Estate Industry. Her ‘on the ground’ knowledge allows her to provide strategic support to further the advancement of the Stockdale & Leggo family.
Working closely with a diverse network located throughout Victoria & interstate, Charlotte is passionate about Real Estate professionals achieving their own version of personal success and professional accomplishments.

Troy Swan
Troy Swan
General Counsel & Company Secretary , Winc | Staples + OfficeMax

Troy Swan is the Chief Legal Officer, Company Secretary and Board Member of the $1.4billion office products company Winc Australia & New Zealand. Winc was formed following the acquisition of Staples & OfficeMax by US based private equity firm Platinum Equity.

He has been publicly recognised as one of Australia's leading corporate lawyers and was named the 2017 Australian Lawyer of the Year (FMCG) and a General Counsel of the Year finalist in both 2016 and 2017. He became only the second Australian lawyer to win the prestigious International Value Champions Award in San Francisco and was recently named in Washington, the Association of Corporate Counsel Member of the Year, from over 43,000 lawyers worldwide for his commitment to the legal community and profession. This was the first time this honour was ever awarded to a lawyer outside America.

Known for his business judgment, he is highly active within the Sydney legal and business community. He is a regular speaker and media commentator on legal affairs, innovation and large scale legal service delivery models and leads an award winning legal team based in Sydney.

Tim Gavan
Tim Gavan
COO , Cameron Brae Group

Tim is currently COO of land developer and investor Cameron Brae Group. The Group controls and has interests in projects with over 10,000 lots in South Western Sydney and NSW.

Chris Eves
Chris Eves
Associate Dean, Research and Innovation , RMIT University

Chris Eves is Professor in Property at RMIT University and the Associate Dean, Research and Innovation in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. Chris is also the Higher Degree Research Director in the PCPM School.

Prior to his appointment at RMIT, Chris was the Professor of Property Economics and Academic Program Director at Queensland University of Technology from 2009 to 2017 and the Professor of Property Studies at Lincoln University from 2006 to 2008. He has also held positions at the University of Western Sydney, where he completed his Master (Hons) and PhD degrees in the areas of rural property values and investment performance.

Chris is A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is currently appointed to the RICS Global Land and Resources Board. He is also an Associate of the Australian Property Institute and has been a member of the API National Education Committee since 2009. He has appointments on national and international Journal editorial boards in the fields of Property and Valuation

Before commencing his academic career at UWS, Chris was employed for 16 years with the State Bank of NSW in Valuation, Agribusiness and Credit Administration roles.

Chris has numerous publications in Australian and International journals on topics ranging from valuation methodology, property stigma to property investment performance and market analysis.

Adam Franklin
Adam Franklin
CEO , Blue Wire Media

Adam Franklin is a marketing coach, keynote speaker, bestselling author of Web Marketing That Works and CEO of Bluewire Media. His blog was Australia’s #1 Business Blog and his podcast was #9 on the top marketing podcasts in Entrepreneur magazine.

His work has featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Huffington Post and iTunes.

Adam co-created the free Web Strategy Planning Template which has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, and his weekly ‘Bluewire News’ email goes out to over 33,303 readers.


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