Grafton's Elders Real Estate principal, Andrew Brien.
Grafton's Elders Real Estate principal, Andrew Brien. Debrah Novak

New role for Elders local

ANDREW BRIEN, of Elders Real Estate Grafton, will soon say farewell to the Clarence Valley as he heads to Adelaide, the site of a promotion that will see him climbing to one of the upper rungs of the Elders company.

Mr Brien, who, along with business partner Dave Dart, owns and operates the Grafton Elders branch, said he'd accepted the new posting only recently and was still getting his head around the idea.

“The job is in Adelaide, which is the Elders head office, so it's

Elders Rural Services and my official title is zone operations manager for real estate, and that would be for the southern zone,” Mr Brien said.

“There are three zones in the Elders network, there's the northern, southern and western zones. It's a big company.”

The new posting will see Mr Brien oversee the operations of 106 Elders offices from Alice Springs to Tasmania, and a bit of Victoria – a challenge, but one he said he was relishing.

“It's a new role so it's exciting to be doing something new and different in real estate,” he said.

Mr Brien began work as a chef before the experience of buying his first house gave him a taste for the real estate game.

Initially working at the Grafton branch, he eventually bought the franchise when the opportunity presented itself, and he's been a familiar face on the Grafton real estate scene ever since.

He said because he was originally from Adelaide the move kind of felt like going home again, how-

ever, he said Grafton would never be far from his thoughts.

“I've still got family in Adelaide and Elders is sort of an iconic company there, that was sort of the main company I suppose in town, so to work for that company is a bit of a thrill,” he said.

“But all my immediate family is actually still here, so I'll definitely miss Grafton. I love the area here, too, so it was a pretty big decision to actually move, but I saw a big opportunity and took it.”

Mr Brien will start work at his new post on May 9 and is in the process of preparing for the move.

“I'll be going down first, then my family will be relocating later in the month. It's a big move, it's so far away, so getting everything organised will be the first challenge,” he chuckled.

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