The Realestate.co.nz Team
BRENDON SKIPPER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Brendon is the skipper of our ship and ensures that all things are running smoothly here at Realestate.co.nz. He has over 20 years involvement in sales and marketing across Property, IT and Telecommunications. He believes the key to success is building prosperous and long-‐standing relationships across all facets of business.
The one thing Brendon would like in his dream home is a Ferrari shaped bed.
PETER MANGIN - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Peter ensures everything is ticking along nicely and that we’re always building, rather than fixing. He is a seasoned IT leader with over 20 years professional experience. He has strong technical skills, with a solid track performance of successful development, management and project delivery. Comfortable being hands on and working at an operational level when required, Peter always focusses on the human element.
The one thing Peter would like in his dream home is a pool big enough to house a dolphin.
VANESSA TAYLOR - BRAND & COMMERCIAL MANAGER
Vanessa is responsible for ensuring all crayons are accounted for and the Realestate.co.nz brand is at the top of everyone’s minds. She is passionate about all things marketing and is committed to making Realestate.co.nz the most valued place for people to find property. Vanessa brings with her an extensive knowledge of both online and offline marketing channels.
The one thing Vanessa would like in her dream home is a double story shoe wardrobe.
DAVID WYATT - DIGITAL CHANNEL MANAGER
David likes advertising so much he took the no circular sign off his letterbox. He’s a lot more interested in digital advertising though and manages all Realestate.co.nz banners, tiles, native and takeovers - plus a dozen other digital opportunities you had no idea you needed until now. David has run his own marketing agency for eight years which has led to a passion for the changing digital landscape, and yes, he was on that Reality TV show but it was a long time ago.
The one thing David would like in his dream home is a man cave filled with awesomeness.
JESSICA O’BRIEN - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Jess' role is to provide business support to the team, ensuring Brendon knows what he’s doing and where he is supposed to be. A keen traveller, Jess loves planning adventures in New Zealand and abroad. Next on the bucket list is sailing in Turkey with her family.
The one thing Jess would like in her dream home is a personal masseur/chef/washing fairy.
DONNA MILLER - FINANCE MANAGER
Donna keeps our finances in order and ensures there's no dust settling on the company abacus. She joined Realestate.co.nz as Finance Manager in 2010, bringing all finance functions of the company in-house where previously these had been performed externally.
Donna and her husband feel fortunate to have found their dream lifestyle - a penthouse apartment in a high-rise building - meaning they are free to spend weekends away, travel or enjoy city life without having to think about maintenance of a property.
The one thing Donna would like in her dream home is a music room with a grand piano.
OLIVER KASTLER - TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Oliver leads the development team and consistently reminds us of the importance of finding solutions not fixes. Oliver is passionate about a technology enabled experience on Realestate.co.nz, which is imperative to meeting the ever-changing landscape of real estate in New Zealand.
The one thing that Oliver would like in his dream house would be that it’s on a lifestyle block, complete with a few sheep and chickens.
EMMA DAVIES - BUSINESS ANALYST & CUSTOMER SUPPORT MANAGER
Emma is here to keep check on the charming customer service team and analyse the business. She joined Realestate.co.nz in 2012 on the back of her second round-the-world tour. She has a huge passion for the business and its future success, though is at times not so easily understood due to her Northern English accent.
The one thing Emma would like in her dream home is a room for a pygmy goat.
JO BAYLIS - KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER
Jo is one of the four rock stars who travels the country, empowering real estate agents with the tools to best sell your house. She is passionate about coaching business owners and agents on how to get the best reach for their investment on Realestate.co.nz, and is committed to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
The one thing Jo would like in her dream home is a dramatic Moroccan inspired outdoor entertaining area with more cushions than an Arabian nomad’s tent.
LINDEL CRAIG - KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER
Lindel is a key member of the rock star team who brings with her 10 years experience in the real estate realm. She is passionate about DIY projects and is currently renovating her 100 year old villa. A dedicated sports fan, Lindel has seen the All Blacks play in every stadium throughout New Zealand, with exception of Whangarei. Next on the bucket list is Argentina.
The one thing Lindel would like in her dream home is an outdoor bath so she can watch the stars.
JASON BLANKENAAR - KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER
Jason is the longest standing member of our rock star sales team gearing up real estate agents to succeed on Realestate.co.nz. Since joining the team, property investment has become his passion and Jason has a growing property portfolio. In his spare time Jason plays competitive cricket and football - he absolutely rocks at air guitar.
The one thing Jason would like in his dream home is his own air guitar rack and stadium.
KAREN TURNER - KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER
Last but most certainly not least, the fourth member of the rocking sales team is Karen helping agents succeed since 2014. Karen has a previous life in real estate sales, giving her an understanding of some of the challenges and opportunities within the industry. With a love for the outdoors, Karen enjoys travelling to remote places around New Zealand, in particular the coastal areas, ski fields and wine regions where she enjoys sampling the local product.
The one thing Karen would like in her dream home is an outdoor day bed that over looks her pool bar.
CRYSTAL FELL - CUSTOMER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Currently the longest standing (although she sits down quite a bit) employee at Realestate.co.nz, Crystal is the back bone of the business and is the face of the customer service team.
With a passion for minimalist contemporary design, Crystal has owned and renovated three houses. She loves spending time with her family. A city creature, Crystal is keen on wining and dining, music and the theatre.
The one thing Crystal would like in her dream home is the north side to be complete with bi-fold doors.
DANNY DUNN - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & CUSTOMER SERVICE CONSULTANT
The voice of Realestate.co.nz’s customer service team, with his sweet dulcet tones, Danny answers the phone with enthusiasm and wit - never an umm, always an answer.
The one thing Danny would like in his dream home is a gaming/IMAX theatre.
LAUREN DIAS - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & CUSTOMER SERVICE CONSULTANT
Half human, half phone answering machine, Lauren has the fastest phone answering hands in the west.
The one thing Lauren would like in her dream home is a music room with a symphony orchestra that can play a harmonious 50 Cent track.
MARAT BAKEEV - SENIOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Marat builds the bones of Realestate.co.nz and ensures everything is running at optimal efficiency. In his free time, Marat rides his motorcycle. A favourite past-time in his homeland Russia was to ride the night streets and highways of Moscow.
The one thing Marat would like in his dream home is a Myth Busters scale garage and workshop.
CAMERON JUNGE - SENIOR DEVELOPER
Cameron’s vocabulary includes such languages as PHP and intense philosophical debate. With over 15 years experience in the IT industry, Cameron has a keen interest in performance and security. Cameron enjoys spending time with his family and trying his hand at DIY.
The one thing Cameron would like in his dream home is a robotic maid.
IN-YOUNG CHO - SENIOR DEVELOPER
In-Young is a quiet but deadly ninja of code, smiting legacy issues and building the future at Realestate.co.nz. As a female developer, she has thrived for over a decade in the web development industry, alongside her hairier counterparts. A keen decorator of her home, In-Young gains ideas and inspiration from browsing homes listed on Realestate.co.nz.
The one thing In-Young would like in her dream home is a rooftop karaoke system.
DAVID QUICK - SENIOR FRONT-END DESIGNER / DEVELOPER
David sharpens all our pixels ensuring we don’t fall back into the 8-bit turmoil of the 1980’s. David moved to New Zealand from Los Angeles in 2006 and has been working professionally in Digital Media since 1996. He taught Digital Media for five years at Media Design School and has continued to focus on Interactive Design in Auckland.
The one thing David would like in his dream home is an indoor spa pool with a waterproof sound system.
VESNA WELLS - NATIONAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Vesna is our property management advocate superstar, she covers the breadth of the country singing about all things property management. Having led one of the largest property and body corporate management companies in the Lower North Island, Vesna brings with her a passion for property management, business development and growth.
The one thing Vesna would like in her dream home is a central and spacious apartment with views of Wellington's magnificent harbour.
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