Rob Forde

Rob Forde

Regional Director Harcourts Pacific

+612 9969 0000

+61409 210 630

Email rob.forde@harcourtsusa.com

 


My focus has always remained the same and that is to provide exceptional service and value to the clients we are representing. It is critical in business to treat people the way that you would like to be treated and never take anything for granted.


At the age of 26 Rob was appointed as the CEO of Harcourts NSW in Sydney (a key growth market for the international brand) and within two years of his appointment he saw 75% growth across the state.

Rob was raised in regional South Australia and attributes much of his success to his grounded upbringing. “It is critical in business to treat people the way that you would like to be treated and never take anything for granted.”

Rob’s passion has always been delivering exceptional service for all clients from all walks of life. This passion and drive has been responsible for Rob’s multi-faceted involvement in the Real Estate Industry. He has run a successful sales and property management business in Sydney’s exclusive Lower North Shore region and during his time in senior leadership roles, Rob continued to work as a senior auctioneer, selling around $270,000,000 worth of property under at auction.

Having completed a double degree in International Business and International Studies, Rob has the knowledge to offer his team great insight into Real Estate business with a strong focus on recruitment, business planning and international marketing within the Harcourts network. Rob understands that successful outcomes stem from hard work paired with tactful strategies and he is determined to be an integral part in building a real estate network that delivers an exceptional client experience across the board.

Even more importantly, Rob offers belief. He is an enthusiastic and passionate individual who believes in his clients and believes in his own ability to achieve an outstanding result. Outside of work you will find Rob at one of California’s local beaches as he is a keen surfer. “Surfing gives me the perfect escape, it’s just what I need to clear my head and recharge.”

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Kellie Pressnell

Kellie Pressnell

Finance Manager

P 949 599 1758

949 433 8925

Email kellie.pressnell@harcourtsusa.com

 


As the Finance Manager for Harcourts USA, Kellie provides comprehensive financial and business management accounting support service for all aspects of the organization.


Kellie Pressnell joined Harcourts USA in 2011 after over 13 years of financial management in a variety of small to medium sized businesses. Kellie’s seasoned financial experience comes from a variety of fields including Real Estate, Law, and General Accounting as well as having owned and operated her own successful small business.

As the Finance Manager for Harcourts USA, Kellie provides comprehensive financial and business management accounting support service for all aspects of the organization. Her responsibilities include overseeing corporate accounting needs, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting. Kellie also coordinates and oversees all awards functions and annual conferences.

Kellie is passionate about what she does, loves a challenge, and looks forward to contributing to the continuing growth and success of Harcourts.

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Ray Bachmann

Ray Bachman

Business Operations Manager, Harcourts Northwest


P
541 408 0696

M 541 633 2880

Email ray.bachman@harcourtsusa.com

 


As the Business Operation Manager, Ray brings extensive knowledge through advanced training in real estate, technology knowledge and has high professional standards from his real estate career in Bend, Oregon.


Ray Bachman obtained his Oregon real estate broker’s license in 2002 and has practiced real estate in Bend since that time. He became affiliated with Harcourts The Garner Group early in 2014.

Ray has earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation from the National Assn. of Realtors. This is achieved through advanced training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and the sales process.

Ray has attained knowledge and experience in a variety of real estate categories during the course of his career. Among them are representing buyers and sellers of resort and golf course properties, investment properties, commercial properties, bare land, new construction, 1031 exchanges and homes for first-time buyers.

Ray studied business administration and marketing at Washington State University. He worked as a craft beer and wine sales representative for Columbia Distributing in Vancouver, Wash., and Bend, moving to Bend in 2000.

He is a member of the Central Oregon Assn. of Realtors, National Assn. of Realtors, Central Oregon Multiple Listing Service, Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development for Central Oregon.

Being involved in the Bend community, Ray participates in many of the activities Central Oregon has to offer such as golf, skiing and enjoying the region’s scenic beauty.

Ray Bachman joined Harcourts USA in May of 2015 as the Business Operation Manager for the Northwest Region with Rick DeLuca, Regional Director.

As the Business Operation Manager, Ray brings extensive knowledge through advanced training in real estate, technology knowledge and has high professional standards from his career in Bend, Oregon. Ray will be utilizing all of his skills to train and support our Northwest offices, agent and managers with our technology system, H1.

Ray is very excited to share with others to assist in the success of all or our offices, agents and managers though out the Harcourts USA network.

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Valerie Acevez

Valerie Acevez

Business Operations Manager, Harcourts Pacific/Academy Trainer

P 949 380 6522

M 949 295 5576

Email valerie.acevez@harcourtsusa.com

 


Valerie presents technology/software demonstrations and training to Real Estate Brokers, Office Managers and hundreds of Realtors in person and through webinars.


Valerie Acevez started her career in the Real Estate industry over 15 years ago as a Senior Account Manager for First American Home Buyers Protection where she rose to be one of the top 5 sales representatives in the country. Valerie went on to win, Rookie of the Year in 2002, Chairman’s Club award 2003 and President’s Club 2004. Valerie was then recruited to American Home Shield as a Senior Account Executive where she increased sales in her territory over 500%.

Valerie was then recruited to work for California Association of Realtors as a Sales Executive/Trainer for the Real Estate Business Services Division. She presented technology/software demonstrations and training to Real Estate Brokers, Office Managers and hundreds of Realtors in person and through webinars. She was also trained and became a certified Zip Forms trainer for C.A.R.

This experience allowed Valerie to use her keen sense of problem solving. The Real Estate industry requires a consultative and conceptual based approach to sales in addition to regular and ongoing cold calls. Valerie spent the remainder of her time in the industry perfecting her ability to cold call, expanding on her ability to develop relationships and continued to win new sales. Her client’s needs come first and the consultative philosophy Valerie built over her career has proven to make her clients highly satisfied and successful.

Valerie has also been a very active member of the Real Estate community by volunteering at different Associations and holding board positions; Secretary for Women’s Council of Realtors West Coastal Chapter – 2014 & 2010, Ways & Means Chair for Women’s Council of Realtors South OC Chapter – 2005. On board of the South Orange County Affiliate Mixer Committee – 2010. Member of Orange County Association of Realtors, Laguna Board of Realtors and Newport Beach Board of Realtors. Valerie was also recognized as “Affiliate of the Year” by Orange County Association of Realtors – 2006.

She is also active as a volunteer in her local community; Board member of Valiant Women of Mission Hospital and held a position on the Board as their Secretary.

Valerie has resided in Orange County since the 1980’s with her four children and she now has four grandchildren and is a very proud Grandmother.

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Calista Green

Calista Green

Operations Manager, Harcourts Auctions

P 949 632 4955

949 632 4955

Email calista.green@harcourtsusa.com

 


As Operations Manager Calista provides a variety of management and professional support across the organization with an emphasis on planning, performance management, operational efficiency and organizational development.


Calista is responsible for providing agents and clients with complete peace of mind. Her law background, combined with her commercial leasing and franchising experience, give her stellar customer relationship skills and a natural ability to cope with conflicting pressures.

Constantly reviewing practices and procedures, Calista ensures the auction framework is thriving. She provides clear and concise direction to ensure results are achieved for all stakeholders throughout the auction process.

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Rick Deluca

Rick DeLuca

Regional Director, Harcourts Northwest

P 541 388 2422

M 541 480 4471

Email rick.deluca@harcourtsusa.com

 


Mr De Luca’s real estate career began in 1976 and in his first year, he achieved an amazing 42 property sales. He then went on to average nearly 200 property sales per year. His awards include Reno’s Salesman of the Year and Nevada’s Realtor of the Year.

Mr. DeLuca’s real estate career began in 1976 and in his first year, he achieved an amazing 42 property sales. He then went on to average nearly 200 property sales per year and has been honoured with numerous industry awards in America including Reno’s Salesman of the Year and Nevada’s Realtor of the Year.

  • Real Estate Career – 1975 to 1990
  • Averaged over 200 closed transactions for 6 consecutive years
  • 292 closed transactions in the highest producing year
  • Reno Board of Realtors – “Salesman Of The Year”
  • Nevada Association of Realtors – “Realtor Of The Year”
  • CRS National instructor for ten years
  • Past National President – Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Past National President – Realtors National Marketing Institute
  • Nominated as NAR’s “National Trainer of the Year”
  • One of three instructors for NAR’s Instructor Development Workshop
  • Author of Speech Smarts: How To Become A Dynamic Speaker!
  • International speaker to real estate professionals since 1982
  • Spoken at every national real estate franchise convention
  • Spoken at numerous state association conventions
  • Conduct an average of 75 to 90 seminars per year since 1990
  • Owner of an independent real estate company of 193 agents that led the nation in production, averaging 48.6 closed transactions per agent per year.
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Laurie Fox

Laurie Fox

Head of Administration, Harcourts Northwest

P 541 388 7301

M 541 419 0158

Email laurie.fox@harcourtsusa.com

 


After 26 years of assisting Rick DeLuca scheduling his worldwide seminars and handling all travel related details I am excited to take on the position of Head of Administration for Harcourts Northwest.


After 26 years of assisting Rick DeLuca scheduling his worldwide seminars and handling all travel related details I am excited to take on the position of Head of Administration for Harcourts Northwest. As a new member of Harcourts, I look forward to the challenge and being a part of this great team as we spread our culture of success.

I have lived in Central Oregon for 27 years with my husband, have two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Erica King

Erica King

Marketing and Communications Manager 

P 951 775 5851

M 951 775 5851

Email erica.king@harcourtsusa.com

 


Erica joined the Harcourts team in September 2014 as the National Marketing Manager for the USA.



Raised in Temecula, California, Erica moved to Orange County in 2009 to attend California State University Fullerton, where she graduated with a BA in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She began her marketing career in online B2B marketing, developing strong skills in written communications and copywriting through managing organic SEO and PPC campaigns. From there she began working in the world of graphic design and website creation. Her experience includes everything from building HTML-based websites, to designing print and digital brochures, to putting together tradeshow booths and exhibits.

Erica joined Harcourts in September 2014 as the Marketing and Communications Manager. She is responsible for supporting the franchises with their marketing efforts on an agent and owner level while ensuring the integrity of the Harcourts brand is upheld. As a part of the Events team, Erica also assists in the planning national and local events.

In her spare time Erica enjoys anything outside in the sunshine; hiking, camping, going to the river or beach, and wakeboarding are some of her favorite past times.

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Ben Brady

Ben Brady

Director of Auctions, Harcourts Auctions

P 949 632 8995

M 949 632 8995

Email ben.brady@harcourtsusa.com

 


Ben has recently transferred to California to start his successful auction/real estate consulting business and is responsible for the introduction of the auction process for regular retail properties in the USA.


Commencing in the real estate industry at the young age of 15, Ben began working as a Personal Assistant to the business owners of 3 real estate offices. His ambitious attitude drove his career as he quickly became a qualified agent; his “Sold” signs saturated the houses of his local area. Not content as a leading salesman, Ben’s impressive leadership ability and salesmanship opened the door for him to progress to both Sales Manager and part owner. Using his experience in communicating, negotiating and marketing, the 3 office, 150 salespeople network quickly grew to 5 offices and 300 salespeople and was one of Australia’s biggest real estate office networks.

After this successful venture, it was clear that he had a profound understanding of how to transform the average producing salesman into a top 1% salesman, and an average business into a sales powerhouse. With the runs on the board and the thirst to share his successful tactics, he founded Brady & Co Auctions in combination with Harcourts Real Estate. This direction ensured that the business owners and salespeople within the expanding franchise of Harcourts would have not just an auction company and a higher volume of real estate transactions. Brady & Co would also provide the coaching and mentorship their businesses needed to avoid hitting the “middle of the road,” and instead obtain the highest possible market share.

From the very beginning of Ben’s career his understanding and belief in the auction process was evident, and it is to this process which Ben attributes his success as an agent and sales manager. Becoming entrenched in the auction marketing process and gaining satisfaction from the above-market results obtained for his sellers, he quickly came to be recognized as one of Australia’s best Auctioneers.

Not only has Ben been instrumental in growing many successful real estate businesses and worked with numerous agents to provide timely and effective business solutions, but he has also earned the respect of his peers in the industry throughout Australasia. Ben is a young, charismatic individual whose passion for selling property is nothing short of contagious. Ben has recently transferred to California to start his successful auction/real estate consulting business and is responsible for the introduction of the auction process for regular retail properties in the USA.

Separating Ben from others in the property arena is his gregarious personality, tremendous work ethic, and dedication to providing his clients with a positive result. With every client he works with, Ben establishes a series of fundamental guidelines to ensure their auctions are a streamlined and efficient process. He is continually striving for success and total commitment to his clients as he has a firm understanding that the sale or purchase of a property is one of the most important decisions a person will ever make.

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Amy Gardiner

Regional Director of Auctions, Southern California
CalBRE #0200613

M 949 304 91385

Email auctions@harcourtsusa.com

Bond #72BSGT7291


Amy is highly recognized as a leading auction specialist and sales agent throughout New Zealand. Amy commenced her career over 13 years ago with the award winning Harcourts Grenadier Group in Christchurch, continually recognized within the Top 5 franchises within Harcourts globally and responsible for conducting in excess of 500 auctions annually.

Striving for more than a sales career, Amy naturally progressed to the next step, into business ownership. For 6 years she immersed herself in the role of running and owning a successful real estate business, to which she credits her team’s commitment to a strategic auction focus. Amy then went onto sell her business before recently relocating with her family to San Clemente, California.

Born an American and having spent 21 years in New Zealand, we believe Amy is the perfect fit for our international company, with a thorough understanding of our non-distressed auction process together with her knowledge of the California real estate market.

Her drive and enthusiasm around Auction marketing and the solution-focused process will be a critical asset to the Harcourts Auction business here in the United States. She is focused on growth and education with a commitment to excellent service to our dynamic agents and their clients.

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