Recently WBP Group celebrated the achievements of those who had been with the organisation for 5, 10 and 15 years. One of those team members who have contributed to the success of WBP Group is Justin Thomas.
Justin joined WBP Group in 2009 after returning from the UK where he’d worked in large scale property sales. Having just turned 30, he was keen to establish himself professionally in Australia and find a ‘home’ where he could grow and develop.
It didn’t take long for the WBP Group Executive and Senior Management to recognise his talent and passion for property and in March 2010 he was promoted to the role of Commercial Valuations Manager.
The WBP Commercial Valuation team partners with lenders, financiers, developers and private clients to provide reliable commercial property valuations for mortgage security, financial reporting, pre-purchase advice, rental analysis and development feasibility.
Q. Tell us about your role as Commercial Valuations Manager
My role is multifaceted, challenging and rewarding – no two days are the same and that’s the way I like it.
At a big picture level, it is about ensuring WBP continues to be a leader in the space and is recognised for providing reliable, accurate and informed commercial property valuations.
Day-to-day this takes many different shapes and forms and involves everything from business development to performing valuations and ensuring the quality of our reports, right through to training and developing my team, as well as guiding and assisting other areas of the business both here in Victoria and nationally.
Q. What do you enjoy most about working at WBP?
The culture, flexibility and variety of work. At WBP we don’t just talk about having a great culture – we actually do. Everyone here is supportive and approachable, from the Exec down.
The importance of work/life balance is actively promoted and WBP has offered flexible, remote working arrangements for aeons. It’s not a strict 9 to 5 culture. Instead we’re trusted to do what we’re employed to do, which is why we have such good rates of staff retention.
Q. What’s been your most rewarding achievement at WBP?
I can’t say that there is a single achievement that stands out as the most rewarding. For me, it’s the relationships I’ve built over the years – with both clients and colleagues.
Being in a leadership position, it is incredibly rewarding to see young people come into business and have the privilege of helping them to develop, achieve accreditation and go on to build successful careers.
Q. Who in the organisation has had the biggest impact on your career?
WBP has a very supportive environment, so it is impossible to pinpoint just one person. Over the years there have been many people who have supported me and helped me grow and develop – from Brendan Smith to Greville Pabst, Patrick Brady and the Executive, to other members of the Commercial team, past and present.
Q. What advice would you give younger commercial valuers following in your footsteps?
There’s more to life than just work! You’ll be far more efficient, productive and successful if you prioritise having a good, healthy work/life balance. If you don’t, you’ll end up burning yourself out.
In my experience having interests and hobbies outside work keeps you fresh, motivated and focussed – which makes you more productive, passionate and effective in your work.
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