Friday, May 16, 2008

The start of a new era!

The start of a new era! We’re 23! Last Thursday the 8th of May, the Toop team joined together for a “Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday” celebration.

Within an ever changing Real Estate market, we’ve experienced the highs and lows, booms and recessions and at all times Toop&Toop have remained a strong, successful family business.

Over the years our business has grown from being just 2, Sylvia & myself, working from our home in Toorak Gardens, to now – 23 years later – having six offices across the state and 135 professional, dedicated employees. Talk about a growth spurt!

Right now we navigate yet another turn in the market. The easy ‘boom’ days of selling are over for now, and the more challenging ones are approaching. With this turn Toop&Toop are forging ahead stronger than ever – it’s the start of another new era or, as we like to call it ‘Toop Chapter’.

We had a hectic 23rd birthday - we officially opened our new ‘home’ called HQ, celebrated our birthday, had a great ‘farewell’ for one of our most loved Toop family members and in the same breath, we ‘welcomed’ a person who’s name is synonymous within our industry for best of the best practices.

After being with us for the past 7 fantastic years, our CEO Karen Raffen is on the move. This month she has passed the baton over to our newly appointed General Manager of Sales, Mandy Wurth.

Now over the years you’ve learnt lots of bits and pieces about Karen, and although
it’s going to take a little bit of time for you all to get to know Mandy, allow me to provide you with a brief introduction to get things started…

As many people do, Mandy made her start in the workforce through the hospitality industry. Over 15 years she worked her way through the ranks from the day to day roles, through to the management of numerous specialised divisions. Mandy then moved on to co-own and run a couple of businesses before her passion for property compelled her to jump in and join the Real Estate industry. For 6 years she worked her way through the ranks of a family owned agency – experiencing Property Management and Sales first hand before taking over the reigns as the General Manager of Sales. For the last 2 years Mandy has held the position of General Manager & Business Coach for Lee Woodward’s dynamic training company, Prime Training. With a wealth of sales and industry knowledge, we know that Mandy will be a fantastic asset to the Toop&Toop team.

So to Karen – a huge thank you for your leadership over the years and all the best in your new ventures, you will be missed; and to Mandy - Welcome on board and hang on tight, it’s going to be an exciting ride!

With a new home, Toop HQ, and a new General Manager of Sales - there is nothing dull about life at Toop&Toop!

Anthony Toop, Managing Director <>

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