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Property’s rising stars shine at 2021 WA Future Leader Awards

Amongst a crowd of emerging property leaders, the 2021 Stan Perron Future Leader of the Year was crowned at the Property Council of Australia’s WA Future Leader Awards on Friday night. The award is named after Australian Property Hall of Fame member Stan Perron and sponsored by Perron Group.

Jack Varney, Analyst, Hesperia took home the coveted prize among a high-quality field of finalists. He also won in two other categories, Development and Construction, and New Professional of the Year.

Mr Varney, who studied Mechanical Engineering and Finance at the University of Western Australia, began his career at Argonaut Securities before joining Fini Group, now a part of Hesperia, in 2019 as an Analyst. His contribution to industry in that time has included critical financial modelling and analysis for Hesperia projects, as well as assisting the marketing, sales and leasing activity for Hesperia’s Victoria House development in Shenton Park and Knutsford Townhouses in Fremantle.

Keeping with the spirit of Stan Perron’s own legacy, judges were impressed by Mr Varney’s insightful analysis of the challenges and opportunities of developing property through a pandemic and his focus on on-the-job learning. Mr Varney credited his early career success to being able shadow and interact with industry leaders to gain real time insight about every aspect of the development cycle.

Other award winners included:

  • Bronte Macpherson, JLL - Property Management Award
  • Joshua Abbot, Aurecon - Design Award
  • Sai Paladi, MinterEllison -Advisory and Transaction Award

Property Council WA Executive Director, Sandra Brewer, congratulated Award winners and said the future of industry was bright.

“These award winners highlight the great talent and contribution that young people make within WA’s property industry,” Ms Brewer said.

“We are lucky to have young professionals the calibre of Jack, Bronte, Joshua and Sai, stepping up and making a real difference in how Perth feels and functions, across their chosen fields.”

Perron Group Chief Executive and Manging Director, Ross Robertson, also paid tribute to this year’s award winners, noting the breadth of roles and sectors finalists were nominated in.

“Perron Group is proud to celebrate the achievements and potential of younger people within the property industry,” Mr Robertson said.

“On behalf of Perron Group, we congratulate Jack Varney as the Stan Perron Future Leader of the Year for 2021. We also congratulate and thank all the other Award winners and finalists for submitting such high quality nominations.”

“The quality of this year’s Award winners and finalists is testament to the commitment they have shown to industry, which is reflected in their achievements so early in their career.”

“Industry is rightly proud of its younger talent and tonight’s Awards demonstrates that the future of WA property is in capable hands,” Mr Robertson concluded.

Media contact: Emily Young | M 0475 161 328 | E [email protected]