grow. : grow - Edition 4 - May 2017
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER Barring a brief stint pulling pints, Andrew Coronis has spent his professional career at the property business founded by his father. Here he details what parts loyalty, adversity and professionalism have played in the success of the company. www.rockend.com.au www.propertytree.com O ne minute, Andrew Coronis, the managing director of wholly owned end-to-end property business Coronis was feeling a mix of nerves and excitement about a morning photo shoot in the Brisbane suburb of Albion. The next, both he and photographer Harold David found themselves surrounded by rising floodwaters caused by the ex-tropical cyclone Debbie and forced to think creatively about the best way to escape. Reflecting on the event a few days later, Andrew says it serves as a good metaphor for the way business leaders should tackle challenges head on. “The way you present yourself says a lot about who you are and what you stand for. When we found ourselves isolated due to the quickly rising flood waters, the choice of wading through the street in one of my best suits or taking my pants and shoes off was pretty clear. “I had further meetings scheduled that day and chose to continue in a professional manner and not let a little – or a lot – of water prevent me from keeping my commitments or relaxing my standards. Some people would get wet, give up andgohome–Igotonwithmyday.” It is an attitude Andrew has championed since his earliest days of employment. The product of a family of Greek immigrants, he says his parents and grandparents had few material possessions but found success from working hard and not giving up at the first hurdle. “I think there is some DNA in me from that. If there is such a thing as luck, the lucky bit is that I’ve been able to drive myself to get rewarded.” An average student educated at private schools, Andrew says he was just 18 and passing the time working in a pub when his real estate agent father requested his son join him at an overseas conference. “Of course, I was bumming around pulling beers and thought it was a great idea.” While abroad, Andrew was exposed to a number of speakers who left an impression on the young teenager, prompting him to join his father’s firm upon his return. Today, he has been at Coronis, the firm started by his dad, for three of its four decades in operation. During this time he has led the company through significant change and helped expand from a single office in Stafford selling five to 10 houses a month to a network of 23 offices that sells more than a billion dollars’ worth of properties each year.
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