This month we’re welcoming back the founder of Interface Property, Cath Stubbings. We’re very exciting to have Cath back with us, so that we can all share in her wealth of knowledge and experience.  We sat down with her to ask a few questions about her return to LongView.

Cath, welcome back to the company! I suppose the first thing I should ask is why it is that you decided to come back and join the business?
Thank you, it’s great to be back. The first reason I decided to come back was that I feel really excited about where the business is currently sitting. I have kept in contact with Evan since I sold Interface and kept across how the business has evolved over the last few years and I feel like it’s now at a point for growth. Secondly there’s a great team of people and I really feel like the senior management team are all on the same page. I really related to them all which made me excited to be working with such a great team. It was a personal thing too, I wanted to look for a business where I could use my skills to make a difference. I felt that with my extensive background with property and development of business, I could do that here. Read the whole interview here
 
And what were you up to while you were away from the business?
I commenced a graduate Diploma in Psychology, but I mostly worked with a non-for profit organisation in the area of prevention of online child exploitation. I think you get to a point in your life where you really want to make a difference in other people’s lives. I also wanted to use some of the other skills I have developed in leadership and building teams – in a way that helped other people.
 
So we can have a bit of background on your career, how many years have you been in the Real Estate industry?
I worked in the industry for about 15 years before taking a break. My working background starts before that though. I was involved in corporate life in the telecommunications industry in senior management roles. When I started my family, I wanted to do something on my own, and build my own business from scratch. Back then, nobody was really doing property management well at all. I wanted to combine my corporate skills and my client expertise to raise industry standards. Which we did. 
 
Speaking of the industry, what drew you to being in Real Estate?  
Well, my husband works at Kay and Burton, my father was a developer, and members of my family have also worked in Real Estate, so it’s an industry that I know well. Mostly though, I wanted to focus on client relationships. I wanted to feel that I was actually helping people and building trust. That’s what gets me up in the morning. I was excited to build long-term relationships with my clients. That’s the difference between property management as opposed to sales. In sales, the transaction is over when the sale is over – you’re not making daily contact with them. That’s why I was so excited to build a business focussed on property management where I could get to know my clients and truly help them with their long term property needs.

Now that you’re back, what are you most looking forward to in your new role?
Really having the opportunity to talk to some of my old clients and to meet new clients and bring them on board. I’m also excited to contribute my experience to the property management side of the business, and see how I can help with levels of service. It’s great to see where the business has come from, and where it has evolved to. We’ve added new people and new product offerings for customers and we’ve added new service levels. It’s exciting for me that it’s a much bigger company with more products and services that I can now use to help clients.