Today is my last day at Beach & Bay Realty. I wanted to take a few moments to say a heartfelt goodbye. I got so lucky 4 years ago when Beach & Bay took me in as an 18 year old, fresh out of highschool. I’ve LOVED working here and have nothing but praise for Kylie, Natalie, Henk, Nadine, Misa and Kirstie (my second family). I have learned so much working in real estate with a company made up of people who enjoy their jobs, work really hard and encourage you to dream big.
Working with a boss like Kylie Emans has been inspiring. Firstly, because she’s a successful business woman. And secondly, because she’s someone who strikes the perfect balance between dedication to her career and enjoying the rest of life. Her love of travel has had a huge influence on my vacations and I’m sure most 22 year olds can’t say they’ve been to 4 continents and 12 countries during their work holidays.
Not only this, Beach & Bay has taught me that regardless of how big your company is, you can make a difference. Since I’ve worked here we have raised almost $40,000 for various projects – including building a classroom in Ghana, Worlds Greatest Shave, raising money for Tenelie Pawley, Swags for Homeless and kicking booze for Dry July. Everyone can make an impact on the world around them. There’s no excuse!
"Sure Rachael, you can be a bald receptionist"
A classroom built in 2008
Kylie Emans - Boss, Mentor, Friend!
The ever smiling Merv (middle), may he rest in peace.
I’ve also grown to appreciate the idea of quality vs quantity. Being a small independent agency we may not be the biggest or have the most listings, but we work really hard on the ones we have. I am so grateful to get the opportunity to work on marketing the Sammut Developments Drift Apartments. Standing in the penthouse apartment and admiring the incredible architecture and view of the ocean will be a highlight!
The agents at Beach & Bay work together and so I’ve discovered the joys of teamwork. It’s not a cut-throat competitive environment, rather coming to work is one place I know no matter what, I will be supported. How lucky am I to have that so early in my life! It’s certainly set the bar high for any future work situations.
I have enjoyed working with families from the Sutherland Shire and being a part of their buying and selling experience. I have met some amazing locals who have had an impact on my life. A shout-out must go to Merv who visited the office on a weekly basis. We sadly lost Merv last year and I still double-take whenever a grey haired man walks by.
Finally, working on the I Love Cronulla project with the team has also been a wonderful experience, as I’ve gotten to know my community both online and offline. It’s also taught me – when it comes to business (and life) to do things differently, and to take the entire focus off the dollar. Sure, I Love Cronulla doesn’t make us any money as a real estate company, but it keeps us connected with the area and we get to know the locals. No complaints here! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has gotten involved, who comments, who provides feedback and suggestions, you’ve been terrific! I am moving to The Inner West so from now I’ll be checking the site as a visitor for tips!
So goodbye team, goodbye blog, and goodbye Cronulla. It’s been great!