The API would like to advise all API Members that the 2012 Annual General Meeting was held recently in Sydney at the Tattersalls Club.
Mr Phil Western National President API
2011 was a year of challenges and changes. I am pleased to report that the API through National Council, the National and Divisional Council teams as well as the dedicated volunteers we have, allowed the API as the property industries peak professional body to position itself well to meet the ongoing challenges of the future.
During my seven months as National President, I have taken the opportunity to visit numerous Divisions and engage face to face with the membership to better understand how we can improve our services to members to ensure that we continue to remain relevant to member's needs and expectations with their interaction with the API. Some of the key points that I have gained from these discussions have included the need to ensure that our CPD programs remain relevant to our diverse membership; that Property Journal has a more practical orientation; and that we ensure that our membership is more conscious of what services are available through API; and how those services can better assist them.
During late 2011, Grant Warner resigned as National Director of the Australian Property Institute. Grant has over a number of years made a significant contribution to the API and the servicing of its membership. On behalf of National Council and the membership, I thank Grant for his input and guidance and wish him well for the future.
In early December, Mr David Haythorn commenced employment with the API as the new National Director/Chief Executive Officer. Following an exhaustive nationwide recruitment process, David was the standout performer.
David brings with him an extensive involvement in the property industry, including senior positions with Building Management Australia (BMA) and Raine & Horne. BMA is an industry leader in on-site building management for the residential & commercial strata industry. David was responsible for initiating pro active and cost-effective advancements for the long-term benefit of owners and residents. Prior to BMA, David was the General Manager of Operations at Raine & Horne. As most of you will be aware, Raine & Horne is an international real estate firm, with approximately 4000 people working under the Raine & Horne banner in a network of hundreds of offices throughout Australia and overseas. David was responsible for some significant enhancements to the Raine & Horne brand during that period. David had overall day to day responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the Real Estate Franchise Network of what were then some 600 + offices.
The API is extremely fortunate to have someone of the calibre of David, to lead API into the future and ensure that API continues to be Australia's leading membership of choice for property professionals.
In closing my commentary for the 2011 Annual Report of the Australian Property Institute I would like to thank all the team members – both permanent employees and volunteers) who have been instrumental in ensuring that the API continues to be one of the leading property organisations of choice for property professionals.
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