A new national appointment for Harcourts will see the largest real
estate group in New Zealand further drive its expansion in the key
rural and lifestyle property sector.
The well-known and respected Kim Shannon has been appointed as
National Rural Manager, replacing Colin Dick who recently left after
six years building Harcourts' profile and marketshare in the rural
Raised in rural Manawatu, Mr Shannon completed an Agricultural
Commerce qualification at Lincoln University before spending time
overseas including a year with Barclays Bank in South Africa as
an Agricultural Economist.
On his return to New Zealand Mr Shannon worked for the Rural Banking
and Finance Corporation in Christchurch for four years during which
time he qualified as a Registered Valuer.
In 1988 he entered real estate sales, quickly moving on to a range
of management positions then to an appointment as Sales Development
/ International Portfolio Manager. As well as his sales, project
and management experience, Mr Shannon is an experienced auctioneer
and currently operates a valuation business.
CEO of Harcourts New Zealand, Bryan Thomson, said the previous
rural manager, Mr Dick had played a significant role in building
Harcourts' marketshare in the rural sector over the past six years.
Harcourts currently enjoyed around 14 percent of the rural / lifestyle
property market, with over 150 team members nationwide, and nearly
$600 million in sales in the last 12 months.
He added that continued growth in the sector was a key focus for
Harcourts, and the group was thrilled to have attracted a person
of such high calibre to continue building its rural presence and
Mr Shannon will be working from his base in Hawkes Bay.