From left, Travel Counsellors Chairman David Speakman with six of the company’s Gold agents Claudia Silk, Nadine Kutz, Christine Jenkins, Scott Mayne, Hayley Voll, Patrick O’Shea, along with Australian General Manager Deb Duncan and Group Managing Director Steve Byrne. Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors help agents to Go for Gold Following an extremely positive start to the year Travel Counsellors is focusing on helping even more of its home-based agents to achieve the company’s top performing Gold status. Travel Counsellors, which now has over 90 agents operating in Australia and a further 1,100 overseas, has seen sales soar in the country with figures up 42% so far this year. As a result the company expects to see more of its agents achieve Gold and have put together a dedicated ‘Going for Gold’ programme to further support them in reaching this goal. “We are seeing the business go from strength to strength, with our agents earning more than ever before,” says Business Development Manager Tracy Parkinson. “We currently have seven Gold Travel Counsellors in Australia but expect this figure to significantly increase, supported by the launch of our Gold programme and also significantly down to our own in-house dynamic packaging system Phenix which allows agents to control their own margin and substantially increase their earning potential. The programme includes a personalised marketing plan for each agent, focusing on their key strengths and goals. We have had a great response from our Travel Counsellors so far and are dedicated to supporting, encouraging and motivating them to be the very best they can be.” This also follows the company congratulating its top performing Gold Travel Counsellors and thanking them for the important part they have played in the company’s success over the last 12 months at its annual Gold Weekend, which took place in Mauritius last month. Over 80 Gold Travel Counsellors plus over 30 partners and spouses from the company’s global operations in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK, were treated to a luxuriously long weekend to discover the treasures of the paradise island. For Gold Travel Counsellor Chris Jenkins, who received the award for ‘Best Margin’ at the company’s conference last year, this was her very first Gold event. Chris comments; “Achieving Gold status has been one of the most memorable experiences in my career in travel. Gaining and maintaining ‘Gold’ is something I’ve worked hard towards every day, and knowing I have such an efficient team behind me at head office who are always there to support and encourage us in every way, allowing me to concentrate on the most important thing – the growth of my business. The Gold weekend in Mauritius was luxury personified and there was such a wow-factor about the trip. The warmth and friendliness from fellow Gold Travel Counsellors and their spouses and partners from around the world was so incredible, alongside the company directors who are all so proud of our achievements. The opportunity to experience an event like this with my husband, who now feels part of Travel Counsellors too, really makes me proud to be part of such a special company.” Travel Counsellors have two entry points for Gold status each year – on November 1 and May 1 – with results based on the previous 12 month figures. To become a Gold Travel Counsellor, the consultants achieved commissions totalling $119,500 or more in a 12 month period. The Gold agents, including both business and leisure specialists, make up 11% of the company’s Travel Counsellors and account for 33% of the company’s sales.
in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology FirstClose welcomes Pat Downing as their new CTO. Based out of Austin, Texas, FirstClose was founded in 2001 and provides software solutions for mortgage lenders by delivering middleware vendor management and real-time order-tracking tools online or via direct integration of various loan-origination systems. Downing’s chief role with FirstClose will be overseeing development of all technical efforts.Downing comes to FirstClose from Mozido, another Austin-based company. He brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in IT operations and customer support services. In addition to his experience in technology operations, infrastructure, development, and customer support, Downing has overseen global team-building, budget creation, budget management, and the precise alignment of technology with business needs.Co-founder and CEO of FirstClose, Tedd Smith, commented on the hire, saying that “with his wide range of experience in IT work and CTO responsibilities, Pat will be a great asset as we continue to perfect and develop new technology solutions for the mortgage industry.” October 15, 2018 572 Views FirstClose Hires Pat Downing as CTO Chief Technology Officer FirstClose Loan Closing Technology Loan Origination mortgage Origination Pat Downing Real Estate Technology Tedd Smith 2018-10-15 Staff Writer Share