Ash’s in-depth knowledge of the suburban market and city fringe enables him to achieve exceptional results for his clients.
Ash joined Colliers International in 2013 after spending four years as a residential leasing agent in Brisbane. Since joining Colliers, he quickly established himself as one of the most active agents in the metro market with a focus on 500-2,000sqm tenancies.
Q: How long have you been in the real estate industry and how did you come to join Colliers International?
Real Estate is in my DNA; I’m a fifth-generation real estate agent. My family own a residential agency in Brisbane and I started working there in 2008. In 2013 I made the move interstate to Melbourne. My cousin Joseph Dean works with Colliers (National Director – Office Leasing) in the Brisbane office and arranged for me to meet the Office Leasing Team in Melbourne. The rest is history and I’ve never looked back.
Q: Tell us a bit more about your current role with Colliers. What do you find most fulfilling about it?
I’m currently an Associate Director in the Melbourne Fringe and Metro Office Leasing Team. What I enjoy most about the role is the variety of assets I work on day to day, across different geographical areas. I can start my day inspecting a brand-new building in a suburban office park and end with a converted red brick warehouse in Cremorne. The most fulfilling thing about leasing is the relationships that you form with clients. Working on large projects and business parks there is continual leasing work required meaning you can work on assets for years at a time. Many of the clients that I was first introduced to when I started at Colliers in 2013, I am still actively working with today.
Q: From your experience of working with occupiers, do you have any tips you could share with them when they re-evaluate their real estate strategy in the current environment?
I think the best tip I could share and what has become noticeably evident in 2020 is to view the office as an environment where culture is created rather than just bricks and mortar. The biggest thing I am missing working from home is the camaraderie and collaboration with our team, which just can’t be replicated from outside the office.