Bees Nees leader elected REIQ Chairman
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) Board of Directors has elected a new chairman. REIQ director Rob Honeycombe was recently elected by the board and will officially take over as chairman on 1 January 2014.
At 44 years of age, Mr Honeycombe is one of the youngest chairmen in recent REIQ history. Mr Honeycombe’s election comes following the retirement of incumbent Pamela Bennett, who was the REIQ chairman for four and a half years and on its board for nearly 15 years.
With a successful agency in Brisbane’s inner-suburbs –Bees Nees City Realty in South Brisbane — Mr Honeycombe has been a real estate salesperson since the age of 21. Formerly from Ayr and Townsville, he founded his own agency in 2006. Mr Honeycombe has completed four years as an REIQ director and his passion remains the continued professionalism of the industry. “My main motivation is the professionalism of the real estate sector and as a REIQ director over the past few years we have made further significant inroads into this area,” he said.
‘‘I am honoured to have been elected the REIQ chairman and am looking forward to continuing to assist the Institute through its current transformative phase. I am also excited about helping to create a profession that is an attractive long-term career prospect for a new generation of agents.’’
After nearly 15 years on the REIQ Board of Directors – including as its chairman and 18 months as the president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia — outgoing chairman, Pamela Bennett, opted to stand down to allow a renewal process to take place. “Over my 15 years of involvement at board level with the Institute, the real estate profession has experienced substantial changes but the next phase of the Institute’s renewal, including new legislation which will better our profession, has arrived” she said. “In the REIQ’s 95th year I leave knowing a significant transformation is in progress which is historic in the life of the Institute. I wish the incoming chairman and board of directors well and to members I wish continued success.”