This week the Club announced the names of three recipients of Vocational Excellence Awards. They are Kaylene King who works in the real estate industry (nominated by Michael Rabey), Fiona Eccles who works in the finance industry (nominated by Ross Brown) and Ben Woods, a graphic designer (nominated by Graeme Howieson.

Kaylene King

Kaylene attributes her larger than life, positive mind-set to narrowly escaping death, twice. The day she decided she would take her first crawl, Kaylene ended up behind her parent’s car wheel and was run over. The doctors said she would never be able to have children, but Kaylene is a fighter, and celebrated the happiest day of her life when her first child was born. She believes that if she survived, it was for a reason and she has to make the most of every opportunity in life.

Admitting to being a major socialite, Kaylene credits much of her success in life to her unreserved ability to connect with people. This now registered auctioneer stumbled into real estate when an opportunity presented itself, and she took it and ran with it, joining L J Hooker Real Estate in 2001.

Kaylene rates her greatest professional success as her first sale over one million dollars. Since then she has climbed up the real estate ladder to achieve Multi Million Dollar Captain’s Club status, earning her entry among the top five per cent of real estate agents internationally. She enthusiastically aims to maintain this status through consistency, sticking to the basics and following through on promises.

Kaylene also has been prepared to give back to her community through volunteer work such as travelling to South America and living in a remote village and assisting the locals with matters such as personal hygiene. She  also conducted a fundraising event to assist families with sick children needing accommodation at Ronald Macdonald House. The invited business leaders promised 1,000 night’s accommodation valued at $135 per night.

If you were to ask Kaylene what advice she would give to those aspiring to follow in her footsteps, Kaylene would answer: “be ready to work hard, have a bit of money behind you while you get started, and know that real estate is about people not houses”.

Fiona Eccles.

Ben Woods.