Behind the scenes of every real success story, you’ll find someone whose relentless work ethic and passion for their goal is second to none. Sue Douglas is a shining example. Her meteoric rise in the South Auckland real estate world is extraordinary, but the woman driving it even more so.
Sue left behind an early career in radiography for full time motherhood - an easy decision for someone who prioritises her family above all else. Sue considers raising her three children to be fully rounded adults able to make a positive contribution to society to be the most important work one can ever do. In 1993, her natural drive and need for challenge inspired her to apply for a position as a real estate Salesperson, sitting her papers shortly after. Selling nine houses in her first six weeks was a formidable achievement, and Sue says it was more fulfilling than anything she’d felt before - she was hooked. Fast forward to 1998, when she opened her first franchise, Ray White Manurewa. Sue’s husband, Wayne, joined her in the business in 1999, making a formidable duo who went on to open a second office in Takanini in 2014, and a third hot on its heels in Drury in 2015.
Sue denies that she is a natural salesperson, firmly rejecting a focus on monetary reward. Instead, she attributes her success to hard work and an authentic, caring approach. Trust and communication are the foundation for all her relationships, and her greatest satisfaction is derived from mentoring her staff, seeing them flourish and grow. Crediting their outstanding teamwork to “commitment to a set of values rather than a rule book”, Sue also has an implicit belief in the strength of goal setting for personal and business growth. Eager to share her good fortune with her community, Sue regularly donates, through the business, to Ronald McDonald House Charities, KidzFirst Children's Hospital and Middlemore Foundation, Drury School, Tearfund, Police Guild, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Totara Hospice South Auckland. Sue is interested in Rotary International and is a member of WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene). Her goal in later life is to make a genuine contribution to making the world a better place for those most in need.
In the meantime, Sue’s dedication to her work in no way precludes her from living life to the full. She and her husband Wayne love to travel, preferring exploratory missions, including Everest Base Camp and Antarctica, with seeing the mountain gorillas and safari in Africa next on the list. Sue’s answer to the following question was both revealing and powerful. Looking back, what words of advice would you have for your childhood self? “No advice – just ... “You have a great life ahead of you - just go girl, and live it to the full!”