In fact anything on the water’s an apt metaphor for this East Cape bred natural leader. Having spent a few years representing New Zealand in swimming and surf life-saving, he came to Queenstown aged 30 and shortly after started a successful white-water rafting business, a company that made him a major player on the region's booming tourism stage.
Along with the rafting business and an enviable reputation as a safety expert in the local film industry, Fred hasn’t been idle on other fronts either. Since first arriving in the town he's been taking an interest in the property market, steadily building up a strong residential, rural and commercial portfolio. "It's a fascinating business and Queenstown is unique in its investment opportunities. It has been for years, it still is, and I don't see anything changing that for some time to come," says Fred.
A move into real estate was the obvious progression for performance-driven Fred. As one of the founding Sales Consultants at hoamz (then known as Southern Lakes Real Estate), Fred’s business acumen and drive to succeed helped the company go from rank outsiders to Queenstown’s leading real estate agency in just a few short years. Alongside residential and commercial sales, Fred specialised in the burgeoning apartment market, correctly identifying the niche as the ‘next big thing’ in real estate. Despite economic change, apartments have remained a significant part of the core hoamz business.
In 2008 Fred’s leadership qualities and nose for business made him the natural choice when hoamz needed a new General Manager. Overseeing a major rebrand, geographical expansion and the introduction of new facets of the business, alongside running the sales, admin and marketing teams, not to mention being a dedicated husband and father of three, make sure Fred never stops paddling – and loving every second!
They say if you want something done ask a busy person – and Fred’s at the top of everyone’s list.