The driving force behind the establishment and expansion of AWN in Western Australia, Greg Tilbrook, has now added the title of livestock manager to his existing wool manager role as the company enters an exciting growth phase.
With the retirement of livestock manager Don Morgan, Greg is now the wool and livestock manager, and is justifiably proud of the firm footprint the company has established in WA in the past two years.
“We have had fantastic support and we are widely recognised within the farming community. We have had huge success in bringing our unique brand to WA in the areas of wool, livestock and property, and with our growth plans we will be around for a very long time servicing our clients’ needs in the best way possible,’’ he said.
Greg spent 10 years on the family farm in the Lake King region before moving to Perth where he learnt his craft on the wool floor from some of the best mentors in the business. Just 12 months later he was given a car, a phone and a laptop, and there began a journey of growing his client network.
Greg could see the exciting opportunities ahead when he was quick to jump on board with AWN more than two years ago to establish the WA arm of the country’s fastest-growing rural services provider.
“We’ve gotten through the hardest part. We’ve established our footprint and looking at what we can do better for clients in all aspects of our business – wool, livestock and property. AWN’s growth is not limited to just WA, with the livestock and property business, in particular, continuing to expand in eastern states where AWN was first established more than 22 years ago,’’ he said.
“We have had huge success in bringing our unique brand to WA in the areas of wool, livestock and property, and with our growth plans we will be around for a very long time servicing our clients’ needs in the best way possible,’’
As part of the expansion of the WA operations, experienced broker and auctioneer Tony Collins has joined the team.
Mr Collins will be well known to many woolgrowers having worked as a broker across the Great Southern and Upper Great Southern regions for the past 16 years in a career spanning 36 years.
Greg said Tony could see the growth phase AWN was experiencing and he expects him to be a great asset to the business.
“With his wealth of experience, Tony is the ideal person to work alongside me to service our clients particularly as we drive this expansion,’’ he said.
Tony said when he was approached by AWN, he decided it was time for a change.
“AWN is still a young company in WA, and its growth in the last two and a half years since it started here has been astronomical. I’ve joined a small but ambitious team here which is exciting,’’ he said.
“My objective initially is to maintain the AWN business and be an assistant to Greg so he can focus on the growth of AWN.’’
Greg has embraced his appointment to also head the livestock division and oversee its growth phase and is actively looking for good specialists to join the team and share in the success as AWN expands.
“WA deserves and needs a third player to provide producers with another opportunity outside of the two big corporates, and we pledge to take time to sit down and talk to clients to come up with a plan that works for them and gets them the best results for their efforts.’’