Chris Farhi of Colliers wins Property Council Supreme Award

Chris Farhi award

Awards recognise Strategic Consulting Director's professional contributions

The Property Council has awarded Colliers International’s Strategic Consulting Director, Chris Farhi, with its top accolade for Auckland property professionals.

Farhi won the Greenstone Group Supreme Award at the Property Council New Zealand’s 2018 Auckland Property People Awards on Friday night.

The award is presented to the winner of a previous category who the judges deem to be the standout recipient above all other nominees.

Farhi also won the Sheree Cooney Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award, which recognises an individual under the age of 35 for their outstanding performance and contribution to the property industry.

Colliers International’s top female office leasing broker, Eileena Stoddart, was a nominee for the Resene Women in Property Award. The award was won by Kelly Bunyan of Spark.

Mark Synnott, Colliers International’s New Zealand Chief Executive, says the award nominations and wins recognise outstanding contributions to the Auckland property industry.

“Both Chris and Eileena are exceptional property professionals, and I’m thrilled to see their successes celebrated by their peers.

“Chris is one of the brightest and most diligent employees that I have seen at Colliers over the last 30 years. He combines raw intellect, critical thinking skills and speed to market methodologies to ensure great outcomes for our key clients on a financially viable basis.

“Eileena is among the highest-performing office leasing specialists in Auckland. In the 20 years I have known her, I have gained an enormous respect for her honesty, professionalism and market knowledge.”

Farhi’s latest two awards build upon his already significant successes.

He was named Young Achiever of the Year at the 2017 RICS New Zealand Awards, and has twice won Colliers’ monthly award for professional services.

Farhi joined Colliers in 2016 to lead the new Strategic Consulting business line. He is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School and a Combat Engineer for the New Zealand Army Reserve.

Alongside his consulting and academic roles, Farhi continues to contribute at a high level to the Auckland property industry.

A Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has been a counsellor and supervisor for multiple candidates.

He also teaches commercial leasing seminars on behalf of RICS and Property Council New Zealand and is CoreNet’s Sponsorship lead.


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Chris Farhi

Director

Auckland CBD

Chris is a Director wtihin the Strategic Advisory team. The team helps you with your big property decisions and complex transactions.

Chris’ background in brief:

  • Property strategy advisor for some of New Zealand’s most successful private sector, public sector and non-for-profit organisations.
  • Tenant representative (tenant-paid lease negotiator) for organisations ranging from small-to-medium enterprises through to major listed companies and government agencies.
  • Specialist skills in commercial leasing, financial analysis and market research.
  • Part-time lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School and commercial leasing trainer for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Chris’ qualifications include Honours degrees in both Civil Engineering and Property from the University of Auckland, and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Outside of work, Chris is a combat engineer in the NZ Army Reserve and a keen baker

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Mark Synnott

Chief Executive Officer | New Zealand

Auckland CBD

In 1989, Mark joined Colliers International in the Auckland office and assisted in establishing the leasing and agency side of the business.  In 1993/94 Mark was responsible for the complete agency function and in late 1994 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Colliers in New Zealand

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