Opteon Strengthens Brand

Opteon Re-Brand 2017

Opteon Property Group has today launched a refresh of the Opteon Property Group brand to become “Opteon”.

The Opteon board and executive team are committed to delivering strategic business solutions for our clients, and so to successfully integrate the business strategy, the team requires flexibility with the brand to remove ‘Property Group.’

Chief executive officer Chris Knight said that “ the refreshed brand position will enable Opteon to reach for new opportunities as outlined in our strategic plan in a more simple and streamlined manner, whilst continuing to seek to provide greater service propositions to our existing clients and markets. We are very excited about promoting a solutions mindset in everything we do, to unlock greater opportunities for our clients and our people”

The Opteon brand refresh is the key to delivering the company Vision 2021, and to unlock innovative products and services to be the preferred strategic business partner for our clients.”

Opteon (Victoria) announces retirement of Alison McLeod

After 16 years as a partner, Opteon (Victoria) announces the retirement of Alison McLeod from the practice.

Alison has been instrumental in the formation and growth of Opteon (Victoria), from the establishment in 2000 of a country valuation and advisory practice servicing Western Victoria, through business mergers with similar practices. Her most recent role has been as Technical Policy and Risk Manager.

When asked about her achievements over the journey Alison said “It has been a pleasure to be part of the formation and establishment of Opteon (Victoria) and I thank all those who have worked together on the journey. I have been able to combine my commitment to the provision of a quality valuation product and risk mitigation for our business and clients, together with the development of valuers in the early stages of their careers.” Chris Knight Opteon Property Group CEO said “I take this opportunity to personally thank Alison for her commitment over the 16 years. Alison combined her commitment to technical excellence, quality, attention to detail and passion for property to drive continuous improvement throughout our business.  On behalf of the management and staff we wish her well in her future endeavours.” When asked about her motivation for retiring from Opteon (Victoria) Alison advised she will be taking up a “lifestyle change which will enable her to focus on her specific property interests.”

Her plans (after a well-deserved break) include pursuing her interests in the affordable housing sector and the development of public policy leading to improved social housing outcomes. Alison can be contacted via LinkedIn.

Alison Mcleod

Pictured: Alison Mcleod

Media Enquiries directly to Alison on 0408 300 746.

Opteon CEO Leads Group to Business Merger

Opteon Property Group chief executive officer Chris Knight has successfully led the Opteon group of companies to form a new integrated business model with agreements completed on February 28, 2017. This is a significant achievement for the group of Opteon companies who have been working towards this for some years in an industry that has seen amalgamation over recent times with more to follow.

“These changes are made with our clients front of mind to assist our company to meet the demands of current and future business environments. It will enable us to provide more streamlined and consistent outcomes for our clients, culminating in the successful delivery of the Opteon Vision” said Chris Knight.

Speaking in Sydney today Knight added “Structurally, our new business model positions us extremely well for a more holistic and dynamic future; and positions the Opteon brand well to evolve to greater recognition in providing cost efficient services and innovative products for our clients. We have advised our clients they will be working with one group and their response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The new Opteon business model consists of companies merged into a single business entity with others having agreed upon terms of a new franchise agreement. There has been unanimous support to move the business forward from all stakeholders so that Opteon is well poised to take the group forward with confidence. Chairman Michael Renshaw has bolstered the skills and experience of the Opteon board by adding new independent members to ensure that the board has the experience to advise on governance, growth and M&A transactions.

Knight has created a senior management team to support the new business structure for growth and client delivery across the banking sector, and across all business verticals that require valuation and property advisory services. Opteon will make key senior appointments in the coming months that will include a Chief Information Officer, Head of Residential and Head of Commercial.

With the merger now completed, Opteon is focused on business growth to expand the business to become a data driven company and provide software solutions to its clients including the residential, commercial and government sectors. M&A activity will continue to focus on property services businesses that will align with the existing operations. More recently Opteon have acquired two New Zealand businesses Landmass and Sheldons, and discussions with further potential target partner companies are already underway.

International Valuation Standards Board Appoint Opteon’s Phil Western

Phil Western - appointed to Board of the International Valuation Standards Council

Opteon Property Group National Government and Asset Services Manager, Phil Western, has been appointed to the Board of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).

The IVSC is a globally recognised independent organisation that produces and implements universally accepted standards for the valuation of assets across the world.  The IVSC consists of representatives from a wide range of sectors, including professional valuation institutes, global accounting firms, valuation practioners, standard setters, regulators and academia.

Western was nominated by the Australian Property Institute (API) for a three year term to the newly constituted Membership and Standards Recognition Board. The role of the Board is central to the recognition of International Valuation Standards (IVS) throughout the world and will play a key role in providing insight and strategic leadership in developing and helping implement a strategy for the recognition of IVS worldwide. There are eight international Board members with representatives from China, Japan, Britain, Canada, Singapore, Romania, Netherlands and Australia.

“My appointment coincides perfectly with Opteon’s Vision 2021 strategy for international growth and will provide significant exposure for the Opteon brand and the development of international opportunities.” He said. “I look forward to working closely with the Board to develop strategies to ensure that IVS provide the foundation, consistency and a quality approach to all valuations undertaken globally, regardless of category.”

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Opteon Property Group appoints Chris Knight as CEO

Chris Knight - Opteon Property Group CEO

The Opteon Property Group (OPG) Board, is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Christopher (Chris) Knight as Chief Executive Officer of the Group.

Chris will transition from his current role as Managing Director of Opteon Victoria, taking the helm at Opteon Property Group from 11 July. Chris led a major transformation of culture and performance in Opteon’s largest business, Opteon Victoria, over the past five years. This resulted in substantial revenue and earnings growth, and a material expansion of shareholder value.

Chris first joined Opteon prior to the merger of Landlink and Market Line, before being appointed as the Residential Director and Operations Manager of Opteon Victoria. He has extensive property industry experience encompassing both real estate and valuations as well as qualifications in Accounting, Real Estate, Valuations, a Master of Business majoring in Property. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Certified Property Valuer with the Australian Property Institute.

Opteon Property Group is one of Australia’s leading providers of property and valuation services with 800 employees across a national footprint of 75 locations, and current annual revenue exceeding $115m.  Chairman, Michael Renshaw said, “Opteon has an ambitious vision and growth agenda and the Board has appointed a CEO with the proven ability to drive business performance through strategic planning and delivery.”

“Chris’ experience clearly aligns with our strategic goals; specifically, in the areas of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and international expansion.  He also brings a commitment to innovation through technology and diversification of business lines, key levers that will stimulate and create growth in the context of our business, its industry, Australia and internationally.”

Chris Knight’s first order of business as Opteon Property Group CEO will be stakeholder consultation as he builds a robust strategic plan to realise Opteon’s vision.

CEO, Chris Knight said, “In coming weeks, I’m looking forward to meeting with shareholders, our clients, and our team. It’s insights from these meetings, and ongoing collaboration that will facilitate delivery of our plans for international expansion, business line diversification and innovation through technology. I’m honoured to be taking the helm at such an exciting time.”

The Board would like to commend and thank Natalie Fairlie, for her exemplary performance and support in the role of Acting CEO since October 2015.

Michael Renshaw Appointed Chairman of Opteon Property Group

Michael Renshaw has been appointed Chairman of Opteon Property Group (OPG) replacing acting chairman Matt Baxter who remains on the OPG board.

Renshaw was formerly the chief executive officer and managing director of global engineering, environmental and management services company Cardno.

OPG chief executive officer, Greg Wickham, says the new Chairman is coming into the business at a time when there will be significant change for the Group. “Michael’s strategic expertise will support OPG’s move forward into a new operational structure and explore global opportunities” says Wickham. “Over the last two years we have gained market share to become one of the top three national valuation and property services companies in Australia, however our expansion plans to diversify the business will only strengthen our position domestically”.

Renshaw said that OPG have had phenomenal growth over a short period of time in a challenging business environment.

“OPG responded to the changes within the industry and have transformed the business. What has attracted me to working with OPG was their investment in technology and the significant growth opportunities for property services and geographic expansion.”

Over the last two years, OPG has had significant growth expanding to 75 office locations and increasing their national workforce by 15% to over 800 staff.  With Wickham as chief executive, OPG have rebranded the business, and strengthened the eight national business units and the capabilities of their proprietary valuation management platform to become the market-leading platform in the industry. OPG revenue increased over the last two years, surpassing $110million in the last financial year.

Available for an interview: Greg Wickham/CEO and Michael Renshaw/Chairman.

OPG Media & Public Relations Contact:

Melissa Higgins
National Marketing & Communications Manager
Mobile:  0409 432 277
Email: melissa.higgins@opg.net

Pictured from left to right: Greg Wickham, CEO & Michael Renshaw, Chairman – Opteon Property Group

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Opteon Property Group Appoints Head of Government Services for NSW & ACT

Opteon Property Group (OPG) has announced the appointment of Phil Western as Head of Government Services for New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Western’s appointment follows the announcement of OPG’s rebrand evolution, which encompasses eight new national business units.

Western held the position of NSW Valuer General from 2003 to September 2014, where he was the Principal Valuation Advisor to the NSW Government with responsibility for ensuring the state Government met the needs of landowners, ratepayers, land tax clients, and local government and the broader community.

Chief Executive Officer for OPG, Greg Wickham, said the group was excited to announce the appointment of Western as the Head of Government Services for NSW and ACT.

“Phil is a well-known and respected in the industry and is a regular speaker at state, national and international property forums on issues facing the industry today.”

“As a former national President of the Australian Property Institute (API) Phil has developed strong relationships and industry insight to help take OPG’s evolution to the next level” said Mr Wickham.  “Phil’s involvement with the national Government Services team will support our strategic focus to strengthen OPG’s position as market leaders for valuation and property advice in the industry and provide a greater service to our clients.”

As Head of Government Services for NSW and ACT, Phil will manage and develop the business unit within group, with his role focusing on engaging with internal and external stakeholder’s and developing strong relationships within the industry and across all levels of government.

 

Media and public relations contact:

Lauren Kelly
OPG Public Relations Manager
T – 0421 866 863 E – PR@opg.net

The New Face of Property in Australia

Opteon Property Group (OPG) today unveiled a major brand and business evolution. Implementing eight new business units across its national network, a new brand identity and revamped website, OPG is cementing its position as Australia’s market-leading valuation and property advisory firm.

OPG has the largest network of professional property valuers and advisors in Australia, with 70 offices nationwide. Previously operating under the banner Opteon, OPG has changed its name to more accurately reflect its extensive national capabilities and the group’s growth. OPG now employs 770 staff members including over 450 accredited valuers and property advisors.

Chief Executive Officer for OPG, Greg Wickham, said the group was excited to unveil the new brand, which will encompass its eight national business units: Commercial, Residential, Agribusiness, Plant & Equipment, Advisory, Government Services, Tax Depreciation, Quantity Surveying.

“We are very pleased to announce today that Opteon Property Group has a new brand,” said Mr Wickham. “The OPG brand has undergone a significant transformation and today we are revealing a new logo and website, as well as the inclusion of eight national business units into our business. This will support our strategic focus to strengthen our position as market leaders for valuation and property advice in the industry and provide a greater service to our clients.”

OPG’s professional valuation and advisory team provide independent advice for all types of property assets on a national basis.

Mr Wickham said: “We are very excited about this change and the opportunities it will bring to the group and for our clients. Our extensive network of established and respected valuation companies have a reputation for delivering trusted and reliable services to our clients to assist them make informed decisions about their property.”

 

Media and public relations contact:

Lauren Kelly
OPG Public Relations Manager
T – 0421 866 863 E – PR@opg.net