A former police officer and farm sharemilker has been appointed as the new general manager for real estate agency Bayleys Taranaki.
Dean File moves into the New Plymouth-based role from Feilding, where he was general manager for the agency’s Manawatu and Wanganui operations.
Mr File takes on the newly-created general manager’s role in August. One of his first tasks will be overseeing the opening of the agency’s new New Plymouth office premises some 200 metres further up Powderham Street toward the central business district.
Mr File is relocating to Taranaki with his wife Lea, who is a residential and lifestyle salesperson with the Bayleys brand. The moves sees Mr File returning up the coast to where his rural-linked career began as a farm worker near the township of Opunake.
He went on to become a policeman, stock agent and livestock buyer before entering the rural real estate sales sector 10 years ago. Mr File said he was excited about returning to the region where his adult life began.
“It’s been a long time since my formative days in Taranaki, but while the region has certainly prospered and grown over the past couple of decades thanks to both the energy and dairying sectors, the core ideologies of locals’ still remains the same… that is honesty and hard work,” Mr File said.
Bayleys Taranaki chief executive officer Simon Anderson said the branch was buoyed about Mr File’s pending arrival.
“Dean brings a formidable rural background with him, and the agency looks forward to growing this aspect of the business alongside our already strong commercial and residential sales footprint in the province’s property sector,” Mr Anderson said.
“Dean’s managerial acumen has been evident from his various managerial roles within the Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union and within the Bayleys organisation. Some pundits say real estate is a bit of a scrum, so Dean’s expertise in that facet should suit him down to the ground in Taranaki,” Mr Anderson said.