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A

n expert in property asset management,

facilities management, contract management

and negotiations, JD Thomas has been involved in

the Christchurch earthquake recovery. Throughout

his career, he has developed a strong reputation for

successfully improving business performance and

leading large, complex teams across multiple sites. Mr.

Thomas has particularly enjoyed his involvement in

the redevelopment and completion of various building

projects and projects related to infrastructure in the

hospitality, retail, health care, education, sports and

performing arts industries, among many others. As

the general manager of property services for Regional

Facilities Auckland, Mr. Thomas plays an important

role in the development of Auckland’s vibrant arts,

culture and heritage, leisure, sports, and entertainment

sectors. The organization is noted for its top-notch

management of landmark venues and business units

that amount to more than $1 billion in assets. As Mr.

Thomas moves forward in his career, he intends to

continue to grow within the diversity of his role. He

advises young professionals to do the same and also

encourages them to find an effective mentor or coach.

Mr. Thomas stresses the importance of networking,

perseverance and having a passion for the industry.

C

arole Spencer established a golden reputation

in the travel industry working for Air New

Zealand before founding Spencer Business Travel,

a boutique agency offering personalized service

in corporate travel management. After a few short

years, her company was recognized as a top 10

agency in New Zealand. Carole found her niche in

customer service and marketing and later decided

to combine her skills and expertise in another

industry. Now an established real estate professional

with Jenner Real Estate, a Harcourts franchise, she

specializes in residential sales in the quaint suburb

of Mangere Bridge, which is near to the Manukau

Harbour, the second largest in New Zealand. Calling

Mangere Bridge home herself, Carole is keenly aware

of the community’s nuances, and as a part of New

Zealand’s biggest real estate network, she has access

to sophisticated technological systems and expansive

digital networks that complement her superior

market insight. After discerning her clients’ needs

and desires, she conducts careful research to find

the property that will meet or exceed those wants.

Noted for her warm personality and compassionate

nature, Carole receives much of her business by way

of personal referral or repeat customers.

JD T

homas

General Property Services Manager

Regional Facilities Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

C

arole

S

pencer

Sales Consultant

Jenner Real Estate

Mangere Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand

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