Gary McElroy - Barfoot & Thompson
Having designed and built homes over a number of years, a career in real estate is one that I feel that I have an affinity with.
My diverse background experience as a' banker and portfolio manager in London', a developer and the creator of retail brands for the Asian market, and also the fact that I genuinely like meeting new people, I believe has prepared me well for a career in real estate.
One of my greatest achievements was running a 40+ person dealing room in London. I had to be very organised and be able to handle the pressure and resolve issues very quickly. It really is just like in the movies. I have a B.Sc., in Economics and Accountancy from City, University of London and also my REA qualification. My area of interest initially is both residential sales and small to medium sized developments.
I like the family ethos of Barfoot & Thompson and having the capacity to work outside my immediate locality widens the choice of properties available for buyers and my engagement with the local community. I want to be in an industry where I am creating friends and acquaintances and as a personal philosophy I try and treat everyone as a friend which includes people who I meet for the first time.
I am Canadian and have lived in New Zealand for 16 years. My wife and our two girls are living the truly rural, Kiwi lifestyle - we have lots of pets! When the kids were younger I was an assistant coach for the Junior Waitakere Bears softball team and also the school basketball team. I still like being involved in the local community and keeping in touch with my children's activities.
I'm at the Barfoot & Thompson Greenhithe office so give me a ring or call in for a chat.