It has been 15 years since the inception of the Engel & Völkers brand in South Africa. This year they celebrated their birthday with some progressive management changes within the company.
“We are positioning ourselves for exponential growth, both from a footprint perspective as well as with recruitment by attracting the best possible expertise into the Master Licence team” noted Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
They have just announced the latest changes to the executive, and welcome Grant Wheeler, Roger Bray and Gerrit Disbergen to the Engel & Völkers team. All the new members will be actively involved in the daily running of the business.
Grant Wheeler has taken the official position of Director of Business Strategy and will be involved in all aspects of growth in addition to licence partner implementation strategies to ensure store profitability.
“I joined the company two years ago through the Engel & Völkers Bryanston shop initially as a passive shareholder. Living in the area I always saw the E&V boards and brand and it drew my attention from the start. Taking up the opportunity to get involved in the E&V Southern Suburbs and after familiarising myself with the systems, I wanted to get more hands-on and get involved in the growth potential on a national level. I am passionate about business and I am very excited about our future and know we are paving the way to disrupt the real estate industry”.
Grant has a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Studies and comes from an extensive background on the property development sector having run his own company for over 20 years. During this time, delivering some 5,000 homes, 8,000 serviced sites, and assembling and selling projects containing 18 000 stands. This alone speaks to the power he brings to the E&V brand.
Roger and Gerrit have a longstanding partnership with Grant, and upon seeing the potential, they decided to delegate their managed portfolios of over 6,000 properties worldwide, in order to become hands-on involved in E&V.
Roger Bray will be taking on the role of Regional Liaison for the Western Cape, giving the Cape Town shops support at their doorsteps.
Roger qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and has been intimately involved in investment banking, firstly through Merrill Lynch and then later his own listed Financial Services Group. He has been closely involved with both Grant and Gerrit over the past 15 years in property development and has been instrumental in initiating and bringing to market a number of highly successful property developments.
"I'm really excited to be associated with Engel & Völkers and I can't wait to see the impact of the new team on the business. The brand will really enable us to leverage our offering in financial services and we intend to be first to market on a number of initiatives".
Gerrit Disbergen recently moved back to South Africa after living abroad in Miami, USA. He will be involved on the EV Finance side alongside Roger. Gerrit will be located in Cape Town but will frequently be travelling to Johannesburg for one of the new, exciting projects we have secured around EV Finance. Like Roger, Gerrit is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (Ernst & Young) and has operated since the mid 90’s in the investment banking and private equity industries.
“I’m very familiar with the E&V brand and the inroads that it has been making into the international market and in particular the US where I’ve been living for the past 15 years. When the opportunity presented itself to become involved in E&V in a meaningful way, I leaped at the prospect as I’m very confident in the future of the brand and of EVSA. My vision is to aggressively obtain the potential that EVSA has in a market that has been dominated by large family franchises over the last few decades. I have been incredibly impressed with the calibre and professionalism of the EVSA network”.
Wendy Williams needs no introduction. She is one of the longest serving Engel & Volker’s staff members, being with the company for 11 years. With the new growth and projects, Wendy will be now take on the role as the regional contact point for Team Leaders, including their coaching, support and growth as well as ensuring more teams are able to benefit from her expertise and knowledge.
“I am excited to take on the new challenge. Although it will be hard to hand my current team over to the hands of a new team leader, I know that the growth of us as a group will be of great benefit to them in turn”.
Craig Hutchison in his position as CEO will continue to ensure that all aspects of the business are aligned and running smoothly. His previous experience as CEO of JSE listed property company, Pangbourne Properties, as well as serving on other listed property company boards before joining EVSA, stands him in very good stead. He will work closely with the Executive Management team in realising the full potential of the business.
“With the changes we have made to the executive, I am confident to say that we are the Real Estate Agency with the most accomplished management team in South Africa. A number of the projects we have been busy with have already been finalised and deals concluded, and we are working on many more. We aim to be the employer of choice in the real estate industry and are actively looking for high calibre individuals to join the sector for a successful career as we roll out phase two of our expansion in South Africa” Craig concluded.