It was a special night at Harcourts’ annual conference awards dinner as 1000 dinner guests packed the SKYCITY Convention Centre to witness a very unique moment in the history of the Harcourts Hall of Fame inducting not one, but two people.
Lynette and John McFadden from Christchurch, accompanied on stage by existing Hall of Famer, Brian King, were the new inductees for 2012. Brian was met with an emotional reaction as he touched the couple’s shoulder guiding them to the stage where they were greeted by current Hall of Fame members.
In real estate since 1994 and 1996 respectively and now business owners of the very successful Gold Real Estate Group, neither Lynette nor John had any idea that they were to be inducted.
“The Harcourts Gold Franchise symbolises everything that is special about these two wonderful people – second best just does not cut it, if you are going to do something you do it well, there is only one space to be in, and that space is called ‘outstanding’ – in every corner of the business. Testimony to this is that Papanui has been top office based on revenue in group four, for 7 of the last 8 years and either 1st or 2nd top office in the very competitive Christchurch region. Not to mention the top franchise based on revenue per sales consultant in the country, 3 years in a row,” said Gilbert Enoka, General Manager Harcourts International in the introductory speech.
On the 1st of April 1997, armed with share passion, determination and a commitment to succeed, John, Lynette and two colleagues Bruce Newman and Judy Curnow entered into the partnership beginning Papanui Realty Limited opening the doors on 14th April 1997. This was the first of many offices in the “Gold” brand now consisting of Papanui, New Brighton, Redwood, Parklands, Strowan and Accommodation House was to come later, Mr Enoka explained,
Mr Enoka found this induction both an honour and a privilege. “Sometimes life affords you opportunities to do something special for special people. This was one of those occasions,” he commented.
Lynette and John were accompanied by their sons Harry and Louis, parents Gary and Evelyn Schwass, and Lynette’s sister and good friend Elise who flew up on the day from Christchurch, unbeknown to them to celebrate with the new inductees of Harcourts’ Hall of Fame 2012.