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Adam Docking has been a member of the REIV since 1994. Image – Canva and LinkedIn.
  • Adam Docking will succeed Leah Calnan as President
  • The board now has 50/50 gender representation
  • Search for a new CEO continues following Gil King's resignation

Adam Docking has been elected as the new President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), replacing Leah Calnan.

Mr Docking is director of MJ Docking & Associates, which is based in Vermont, a second-generation real estate agency that was founded by Max Docking in 1983. He has been a member of the REIV since 1994 and notably was elected to the REIV Board of Directors in 2017.

He has served terms as Senior Vice President and one as Vice President.

Upon being elected, Mr Docking said he was humbled and is looking forward to leading REIV members through the emergence of the current lockdown.

“If there was ever any doubt about the strength and resilience of the real estate sector, or the talent and leadership capability of the people in it, then the pandemic has disproved it,” Mr Docking said.

“As we look to 2022, I’m determined to continue building REIV’s position as the voice of the real estate sector at every level of government and across the business community so that the sector is recognised as the significant economic contributor that it is.

Adam Docking, incoming REIV President

“I will also focus on support and advocacy for our members – existing and new – as they adjust to the dynamic market under COVID-normal conditions and make a greater connection to the communities they operate in.”

Mr Docking will be supported by Richard Simpson as Senior Vice President and Andrew Meehan as Vice President.

Leah Calnan
Leah Calnan. Image – LinkedIn.

An extraordinary two years, says outgoing President

Ms Calnan, who will remain on the board post her presidency, said the past two years had been “extraordinary” for the sector.

Putting aside the pandemic, she said there had been an array of issues and opportunities for real estate in Victoria.

“Some sector-impacting legislative changes and new regulations, such as the introduction of the updated Rental Tenancies Act, have required significant focus – the need to educate and train members on the RTA was and continues to be a major undertaking.

“The extraordinary rise of regional Victorian property values, as metro-based residents and businesses considered a tree-change, was an interesting and important trend.

“I’m looking forward to remaining on the REIV board to support Adam, my fellow directors and all of the hard-working employees of the REIV and broader sector. Real estate is a fulfilling career path with plenty to offer the tens of thousands of Victorians employed in it.”

50% female representation, search for new CEO

In other REIV news, last Friday two new REIV members began their first terms as directors; Megan Mander in the Metropolitan Zone and Renne Reynolds representing the Regional Zone.

The election of Ms Mander and Ms Reynolds now means females make up 50% of the REIV board.

The REIV is continuing a national search for a new CEO following Gil King’s resignation in August. An appointment is expected towards the end of this year or early 2022.

The new CEO will lead the body’s 2021-23 strategy which focuses on three strategic pillars: uniting the sector, providing a ’voice’ and delivering valuable content.

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