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Office Owners Look To The Next Generation

By Brett Graham

It has been Brett & Jenny Graham’s baby for 13 years, now it’s time to let it fly. They started Ray White Buderim on the southern end of Burnett Street in 2000 with great belief in the Buderim market and where it was headed.

As part of an ongoing transition plan they have brought Buderim resident and long time Ray White colleague Dan Smith into the business as an equity partner.

This follows having successfully brought Dan Sowden and Brent Higgins through from salesmen to business partners at the Maroochydore and Mooloolaba offices.

“It’s good to bring the new owners into the business and they deserve every ounce of success that has come their way.” Mr Graham said.

“Ray White Buderim is a good business that serves the community well, particularly through the support of Bloomhill Cancer Help Centre, Bendigo Bank and the Buderim Foundation, but in the wider community as well.

“Dan Smith has been specifically selected by Ray White Group joint chairman Brian White to come into this business. He has lived here for two and a half years, two of his children are at Buderim Mountain State Scool and their youngest will be attending there later.”

Mr Smith started at Ray White Brisbane in 2001 and was part of CBD residential, project marketing and special projects as well as being in the New Farm team, an office that has continually been in the top five of Ray White Offices.

“This is a continuation of the evolution of our business plan for the next generation to take the office into the next 20 years. We are sticking to the same principals as when we started at Maroochydore 15 years ago. It provides good stability for the business, the staff we employ, our customers and clients and the community.” Mr Graham said.

After moving to the Northern side of Burnett Street, Ray White Buderim has since expanded with the second office to house the property management and investment division.

Ray White started at Buderim with four people, now there is a staff of 28.

“The stability of the sales team is a significant part of the success, as well as the database they have built up and the enthusiasm of the newcomers,” Mr Smith said.

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