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COMMERCIAL & FINANCE OFFICER, PANASHCO MEDIA, SINGAPORE, 2012 – PRESENT

• Business development and financial management for Property Life magazine, an international real estate and lifestyle publication offering research and insight into global property ‘hotspots’.

• Market content via social media, mass email (1.5 million database), Web site (200k+ unique visitors/month) and mobile apps.

• Organise and promote property investment seminars to unite Asian investors with credible, high-quality developers and agents in Australia, the UK and US.

• Enforce strict cost-control measures, positive P & L and sales’ forecast.

GENERAL MANAGER, FORTUNE RE, SINGAPORE, 2011 – 2013

• Connected SE Asian and Chinese real-estate businesses to generate new business ventures and opportunities.

• Connected SE Asian businesses with real-estate investments in the UK.

SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR, PESTANA, PORTUGAL, 2008 – 2011

  • Responsible for sales’ forecast, P & L, budget adherence, sales management, staffing and training, strategy, and inter-departmental communication for golf and beach resorts and apart-hotels. Pestana has full ownership, fractional and apart-hotel products in the market.
  • Maximised sales output of both new and resale properties for golf and beach resorts.
  • Ran sales and marketing team (coordinating the workload of the marketing department to include the marketing of property, golf, rental and F&B).
  • Managed upkeep of all necessary records, planning and oversight of construction of properties, ensuring coverage of all legal and health and safety issues.
  • Provided research and planning for future developments.

    PARTNER, IMATICO SA, PORTUGAL, 2003 – 2008

    • Managed general practice estate and property management agency.
    • Started as sales consultant; promoted based on successful sales numbers. • After making partner, instilled after-sales organisation, expanded online

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property portal and opened three new offices.

EDUCATION
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, CIRENCESTER, UK, 1995 – 1999

Rural Land Management BSc (hons)

• Year 1
• Accounts and Finance, Agricultural Systems, Building 1, Business Management and

Marketing, Communications, Economics, Environmental Science, Law 1, Resource

Appraisal, Rural Policy, Valuation 1
• Year2
• Building 2, Farm Enterprise Management, Forestry, Economics and Financial,

Management, Land Use, Law 2, Planning Law and Practice, Valuation 2
• Year 3!
• Valuation 3, Building 3, Rural Policy and Countryside Management, Estate

Organisation, Estate Resource Management , Financial Planning and Appraisal, International Food Issues, Dissertation- Green NIMBY issues

PANGBOURNE NAUTICAL COLLEGE, READING, UK, 1982 – 1987

A Levels

Maths, physics, computers

ASSOCIATIONS

Following Senior Professional route for membership of RICS

SKILLS

  • Communication, analysis and leadership:
  • Valuation has always been one of the most enjoyable parts of my work.
  • Leadership and leader support came naturally from an early age, enabling me

    to maximize my opportunities.

  • I relish a good, detailed spreadsheet for accounting and sales’ projections.
  • Sales is a natural, effortless skill.

    PUBLICATIONS (QUOTES)

  • New York Times
  • Financial Times
  • Financial Times (full-page article in the House and Homes supplement)
  • Golf Today
  • Overseas Property Professional
  • Algarve Golf & Property magazine
  • Daily Express Property
  • International Herald Tribune
  • Property Life magazine
  • Property Community
  • Country Life International
  • Fractional Life
  • Daily Mail

REFERRALS AND REFERENCES

“James is one of the most dependable, hard-working and well connected property professionals I have had the pleasure of working with. James’ ability to think laterally and offer win-win solutions, combined with his engaging personality, makes working with him an enjoyable experience.” April 24, 2013, George Betz, Head Of Global Business Development at Fine & Country Ltd

“James is a consummate professional and absolute gentleman. He is one of the most knowledgeable and respected property experts in the Algarve, Portugal.” October 19, 2010, Steve Dawkins, Managing Director, Own Property Worldwide

“I have known James both socially and professionally for several years now. I find James a very likable person and always full of fun. He is a dedicated professional, a good negotiator who at all times keeps his pleasant and good nature. He is always very polite to all he comes in contact with. I have no hesitation in recommending James to anyone who are considering to either employee him or to do business with him in any capacity.” September 1, 2010, Roy Whitehouse, Director, BPCC – British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

“I’ve known James for some 2 years, and in that time he has conducted himself in a most professional manner towards myself and assisting my company in fulfilling its objectives” August 26, 2010, Gary McLelland, Owner, Corinthian Financial Services Limited

“James is a living embodiment of what a great brand ambassador should be. He is passionate about his ‘product’ without being pushy. He is on my A list of people to approach for valuable opinions on anything to do with the future of the industry. He is always keen to learn about developments in the wider world and the future of travel and tourism and uses the insights gained to develop his own thinking about how to drive the business forward. He stands out for the tremendous range of topics he has an interest in and for his willingness to give his time and energy to different industry forums and research initiatives.” August 17, 2010, Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Future Research

“James is by far the best Sales Director I ever worked with. He can motivate the team and at the same time keep focused on the ultimate goals which are to sell and at the same time make sure the Clients are happy with what they bought. July 21, 2010, Rodrigo Ulrich, Marketing Manager, Pestana Golf & Resorts

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