Discipline, Focus for Growth

By Giuseppe (Joe) Tauriello – South Australian Business Journal 29/07/2021

McGees Property has appointed Danielle Brautigan to the newly created role of general manager following a period of growth for the commercial property firm.

In the past 12 months McGees has recruited seven new sales, leasing and property management staff, while Tom Rowe will become a director in July, joining the firm’s equity partnership group.

With staff numbers jumping to 42, and in light of the ongoing strength of the property market, McGees SA managing director Simon Lambert said it was time for a restructure to drive the firm forward.

“We are experiencing a strong market with record inquiries from both vendors and purchasers alike, with unprecedented sales results across investment and inner suburb stock as well as across regional South Australia, “Mr Lambert said.

“With Danielle on board, and with her experience working in the competitive sports arena, we look forward to the discipline and focus she will bring at a corporate level to drive our growth.

“We see a parallel with our industry and Danielle’s previous industry from a competitive standpoint. She’s helped get our athletes off to the Olympics and now she will take us, as her new team, on a similar journey, driving our strategic plan to continue on a growth trajectory.”

Ms Brautigan joins McGees following more than 10 years in finance and general manager roles.

She has previously worked at Adelaide Aquatic Centre, and most recently as a finance and general manager at Adelaide Thunderbirds and Netball SA.

She said she would work closely with the McGees team to “enhance the brand as market leaders”.

“I’ll be working closely with the McGees board in developing and implementing growth strategies and maximising overall performance opportunities,” she said.

“To have an opportunity to positively influence the McGees team, culture and the future of the business really excites me.”

Meanwhile, Mr Rowe joins the McGees partnership after 10 years as a valuer at the firm.

He said the property market had rebounded strongly after a period of uncertainty, with defensive sectors including medical, non-discretionary retail, logistics and the broader industrial sector proving especially popular.

“Confidence is high, which, combined with record low debt and limited supply of quality assets, has resulted in strong competition and a compression in yields and increase in values in many sectors,” he said.

“Valuation volumes are high with workflow coming from a wide range of sources including financiers, privates and the public sector, with multiple infrastructure projects underway and brought forward to continue the post-Covid recovery.”

Ms Brautigan commences her new role in July.

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