AWN’s WA Rural Property Manager, Rob McMillian, was recently recognised as the inaugural Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) Rural Hall of Fame award.
The prestigious award is the first of its kind among Australia’s real estate institutes, honouring excellence and best practice in the profession. It celebrates exemplary individuals, such as Rob, who have made a significant contribution to the rural real estate landscape of Western Australia.
Rob has a long history in the industry, starting in 1970 as a livestock agent, learning from industry leaders in the early stage of his career. He now shares his knowledge and experience with others.
Delighted to receive the award, Rob has done much mentoring with people he has trained over the years.
“I have kept in touch with these people, and they know they can always come back to me as I like to give freely of my time,’’ Rob said.
“It’s all about listening, and this was a philosophy given to me by my first employer. I believe if you look after your clients, they will look after you, and in turn, the business will look after the shareholders.’’
The award is intentionally designed to recognise the significant contribution rural real estate agents make in their communities and the complex nature of rural property transactions rather than just sales data.
As the inaugural award winner, Rob explained that the Chairman of the rural chapter of the REIWA had always had on his agenda to create an award such as this. With the support of a new CEO and the first president of the REIWA, Joe White, the award is now a reality.
“This award is not based on sales achievements; it is about what you have contributed over the years. Many people go through their careers contributing and being big solid performers who are always giving to others, and that is what this is about.’’