Ayda ShabanzadehManaging Director
Even as a teenager Ayda Shabanzadeh displayed the ambition, passion and dedication common amongst high-flyers.
“Growing up my influences were always work people,” the 29-year-old said. “I always looked up to my bosses because my goal, even at age 14, was to one day become a boss.”
Driven by career dreams and inspired by her family’s sacrifice to migrate to Australia from Iran, Ayda’s completed a Diploma of Project Management, Financial Management and Business Management alongside an Advanced Diploma in Marketing and Business Management. With lengthy experience as a Licensed Real Estate Agent, Ayda’s currently working towards her Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, all of which compliment her daily role as Grow Property Group’s Managing Director.
Through leading an organisation with 20 property investment professionals, Ayda’s become known as one of the sharpest minds in the industry. So much so her knowledge about property management, finance and lending is regularly sought for comment by The Courier Mail, MX Brisbane, 4BC and Sky News.
Since that first employment position, Ayda’s life, as a whole, has undertaken tremendous growth. She’s become the compassionate, empathetic and devoted person who younger employees today seek for advice, guidance and mentoring. Senior colleagues, whom she once idolised, have been replaced by iconic business figures in Richard Branson and Donald Trump.
Somewhere deep inside, 14-year-old Ayda must be delighted with her professional strides over the past decade and a half. But she’d be even prouder of the tenacious, foreign culture and outdoors loving woman she’s become, who’s as devoted as ever to serving clients and achieving success. “I’m motivated by a desire to be great,” she said. “I want to make something that changes the industry.”
In Grow Consulting Group, a company helping people achieve financial security through property, she’s again fulfilling her occupational intentions.
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Darrin LeungDirector - Marketing & Sales
Grow Property Group Director Darrin Leung is renowned for his innovative vision fuelled by his passion for the industry.
So when he started the company in 2006 he had key mantras in mind to guarantee success. ”Fostering an environment conducive to everyone reaching their maximum potential was one,” he said.
Using Michael Jordan and Donald Trump as inspiration, men he admired for their leadership qualities and clutch execution, Grow Property Group grew quickly because clients were impressed by Darrin’s personal property investment success.
This progression was on Darrin’s radar since a young age. When pressed by his grade five teacher about career plans, Darrin’s destiny was already mapped out and emphatic success pictured. “At primary school other kids said they wanted to become firemen and nurses when they were older. I said i was going to change the property world forever,” he said.
Eager to not have to overcome the monetary and lifestyle difficulties faced by his parents, who financed the Leung’s migration from Hong Kong by tirelessly saving money from their labour jobs, Darrin enrolled at Queensland University of Technology.
After finishing Civil Engineering Degree and a Masters in Built Environment, Urban Design and Planning, Darrin returned to his childhood dream. “I’ve always loved the property industry,” he said. “I loved drawing houses and looking at houses on the waterside as a kid with my parents, even though we couldn’t afford it. I love how property positively impacts the life of people.”
Just like Jordan and Trump, with charismatic leadership, the drive of a perfectionist, innovative ideas and spritely competitiveness, Darrin keeps Grow Property Group surging forward as Queensland’s best boutique real estate agency.
Ashley DicksonExecutive Office Manager
They say when it comes to judgement calls it’s always best to follow your gut and only by doing so did Grow Consulting Group’s Ashley Dickson enter the real estate industry.
“My husband, he got into property eight years ago when he purchased an investment property,” she said. “It led to my involvement as a landlord which I really liked and here I am.”
A former qualified sports massage therapist, whose expertise in this area helps to aid her weekly touch and netball recovery, Ashley joined Newstead Realty from Century 21 West Property. There, she functioned as the Office Administrator and completed a Real Estate Sales certificate which has helped to propel Ashley to her current position.
Initially joining Newstead Realty in a Property Manager Assistant capacity, Ashley’s experience in the property industry has seen her rise through Grow Property Group’s organisational umbrella. Comfortable in any staff position across Newstead Realty and Grow Consulting Group, Ashley is the Executive Office Manager for the latter and soaks up as much knowledge about sales and developments from Managing Directors Darrin Leung and Ayda Shabanzadeh.
Amongst many day-to-day tasks, Ashley’s constantly busy responding to various requests and enquiries, assisting financial enquiries, aiding the management team and ensuring the office is running smoothly.
Ashley’s meteoric rise from landlord to invaluable staff member is a real example of the phrase ‘love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life’.
Teagan DowneyProject Consultant
If ever there was a support story needed for the theory that career choices are heavily influenced by formative years and close family, Teagan Downey’s tale speaks volumes.
“I’ve moved lots of times since I was a kid. My parents are very property savvy,” Teagan said.
The daughter of a Real Estate Agent and keen renovator, she followed the path of her parents after graduating from Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School in 2009 and entered the property field where she’s prospered since.
“Before joining Grow Property Group I was working in sales administration for a real estate organisation in Brisbane’s western suburbs,” she said.
Making her way to Grow Property Group, Teagan’s daily tasks include prospecting new property, assisting the Directors as well as liaising with and selling to buyers.
Having spent over half a decade in the property industry, Teagan’s excitement and vigour for her job remains as sky high as her first day.
“I love the interior design aspect of property and seeing how different people design their homes,” she said.
Thankfully for Brisbane’s inner-city public, Teagan, a pescatarian foodie with a Sicilian background, is utilising her hereditary property passion at Grow Property Group.
Kenneth NgSales Consultant
A dedicated, passionate and motivated real estate agent, Kenneth Ng has multiple years of experience in property sales.
“I thoroughly enjoy working at Grow because everyone is an expert in their designated field,” Kenneth said.
In his day-to-day tasks, Kenneth’s duties usually include prospecting investment opportunities for clients, coordinating and communicating with buyers about the latest properties entering the market and completing property transactions.
“I love helping people make smart property investment choices,” Kenneth said.
“I’m motivated to continue to be the best real estate agent that I can be so that my clients can keep on achieving their goals.”
Inspired by Chinese national Li Ka-Shing, one of Asia’s richest men who accumulated wealth despite coming from humble beginnings, Kenneth’s an intelligent individual who’s also currently studying at the Queensland University of Technology.
Outside of working hours, Kenneth enjoys an active lifestyle and likes to work out at the gym and play tennis.
Robert LamprechtSales Consultant
A multiple homeowner from Johannesburg, South Africa, Robert Lamprecht is our treasured Sales Consultant at Grow.
An unwavering passion for property, which started when he was a mechanic straight out of high-school, has positioned Rob to thrive in this role given his practical experience.
“I’ve always dabbled in property,” he said. “I’ve experienced real estate services through other companies and knew I could do a better job, that's how I got into the industry.”
Rob’s road to Grow has included ample education and three successful career changes. He’s completed a Diploma of Marketing and studied Marketing at Queensland University of Technology, as well as working as a Mechanic, IT professional and award-winning sales manager for Audio Visual.
In each position Rob, a Tenerriffe local and keen rebuilder of vintage 1960’s Volkswagen Karmann Ghia’s, has displayed the enthusiasm sure to hasten his ambition to become property’s go-to guy within a five kilometre radius of the 4006 postcode.
“My family values are hard work, dedication, honesty and a love of life,” he said. “Without hard work you get nowhere and I’m offering that work ethic to people in real estate unlike others.”
When Rob’s parents moved Down Under they seeked a better life for their son. Through property, on a personal level, he’s made it happen. Now he’s going to fulfil the same goal for the wider Brisbane community.
Jordan Seeto-BarnesFront Office Administrator
Serving as Grow’s Front Office Administrator, Jordan Seeto-Barnes is the esteemed first point of contact for visitors to our office.
A persistent, respectful and easy-going young man, Jordan entered the real estate industry because he wanted a job where he could interact regularly with people.
“I like being around people both on a personal and professional basis, so I’m relishing this employment opportunity,” he said.
A typical day in the office for Jordan includes completing tasks such as signing keys in and out, assisting with applications for rental properties as well as answering and directing telephone enquiries to respective staff.
“It’s a pleasure to work with such a fun team at Brisbane’s premier boutique real estate agency within two kilometres of the central business district in Grow,” he said.
Outside of the office Jordan, who grew up idolising bodybuilder Callum Von Moger for his positive mindset, spends his time lifting weights at the gym, playing video games and keeping up to date with technology.