Sasha Boe – Managing Director
With a passion for quality education Sasha started in the VET sector as a trainer and assessor in the business administration and property sectors. She was then promoted to more senior management positions in a large training organisation ending up as the Director of Studies of an early 'e-learning adopter'. With online or E-learning in its infancy she was fortunate enough to be involved in reviewing nationally and internationally many of the early e-learning systems. This knowledge was reflected in RETS being the first property RTO in Australia to implement e-learning technology in Australia, back in 2003. Change management and e-learning implementation saw her guest speaking at events on implementing e-learning into RTOs and helping transition staff to these systems. This work was completed under her first business -Training and Compliance Solutions. This business also saw Sasha assisting RTOs in maintaining their compliance and helping other businesses become RTOs - her VET knowledge spans a wide arch; from the Australian Recognition Framework (ARF) through to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
There came a time in the very early 2000s when opportunity came knocking and Sasha identified a very large hole in the property training sector. Real Estate Training Solutions P/L (RETS) was born, providing all levels of regulated training and assessment to the Residential, Strata and Commercial sectors across NSW and now the ACT. Over the years Sasha has surrounded herself with a fantastic team of property industry experts who provide both technical and industry expertise.
Over the past 25 years Sasha has been involved with a variety of committees including Industry Reference groups for the input and development of the industry training packages (with the SSOs and their forbearers) and the development of the Property Training Implementation Guides for NSW Fair Trading. She is currently the longest sitting Director (2006-) on ACFIPS Industry Training Advisory Board and currently holds the position of Vice-Chair on this committee. This position allows her to help drive the property training agenda in NSW, increasing professionalism in the sector and providing information and advice through to state government on skill shortage areas and funding needs.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Diploma of Training and Assessment, Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) and a Diploma of Quality Auditing.
Jordan West - RTO Manager - Compliance - Trainer/Assessor (LREA)
Jordan has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Vocational Education, having worked with some of the largest and most reputable Registered Training Organisations in Australia. He is extremely passionate about quality education, and has over 5 years’ experience as a face-to-face teacher, online trainer and assessor, and as a course coordinator/program manager across multiple disciplines including Property Services, Leadership & Management, Small Business Management and Business. His values and commitment to high quality and standards in the VET industry closely align with those of Real Estate Training Solutions’.
Since completing his Certificate IV in Property Services in 2013, Jordan has worked in a broad range of capacities in the industry, including sales and property management in both residential and commercial real estate. He believes that continual education is of the utmost importance, which is why he is always undertaking further study. His most recent endeavours include a Bachelor of Organisational Leadership, Diploma of Property Services (Agency Management), Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, and Diploma of Training Design and Development.
Jo Hamilton - LREA - Curriculum Developer
With over three decades of experience in the real estate sector, and two decades in tertiary and vocational training, Jo Hamilton is passionate about education and the difference it can make to your career and life. She develops learning material for RETS courses, including Certificate of Registration, Licensing and CPD material. She has developed learning resources for many large training organisations, including in her position in the past as the Program Development Manager/Technical Editor at the University of Western Sydney and Business Communication Tutor at the University of Notre Dame. Jo is currently a member of the Property Management Chapter of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and is the Secretary of the Nepean, Blue Mountains, and Hawkesbury Division of the REINSW. She is regularly requested to contribute to industry journals and is invited to speak at conferences and industry forums.
Jo has been a licensed real estate agent since 1986. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Psychology, a Master of Arts in Organisational Communication, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) and a Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice.
Alan Doyle - LREA - Trainer/Assessor
Alan joined Real Estate Training Solutions having stepped down from the management and ownership of his own Sydney based real estate agency in 2009. After about 6 months off it was time to get back into things and help train and develop the skills of people within and entering the real estate industry.
He has a passion for doing real estate “the right way” and is determined to assist others to embrace this philosophy.
Having commenced his real estate career in 1987 as a residential salesman within a Gilmour & Sons franchise office, Alan went onto to purchase his own office in 1993. As a manager and owner of a rapidly growing Elders office Alan saw benefits to his business from having highly trained and qualified professionals working with him. The office developed to become market leaders of their district in both sales and property management. He has personally mentored and monitored staff during their traineeships as their employer over his 16 years in the business. Having undergone training himself in the vocational educational arena he is now able to view the training field from a “holistic” sense as a trainer and assessor with RETS. His experience and knowledge of real estate and training enables him to look at the wide and varied perspectives of both the areas combined.
Alan is a licensed real estate agent, accredited auctioneer and workplace trainer & assessor.
Gail Bokla - LREA - Trainer/Assessor
Gail comes to Real Estate Training Solutions with over 25 years experience in the Property Industry. She started in Real Estate with LJ Hooker attaining Captain Club status within 2 years. After this Gail joined Glenmore Park Realty where she stayed for 10 years, starting as Salesperson then moving up to Sales Manager and Licensee. This was a very busy and successful Real Estate agency where Gail was given the opportunity to oversee all areas of real estate agency practice.
In the past 5 years Gail has upgraded her qualifications and is now a licenced Strata Manager.
Carmen Freitas - LREA - Trainer/Assessor & Special Projects
Carmen has been in the real estate industry for over 17 years. Carmen’s journey started through property management, from property officer to managing teams and offices in Sydney. Through these varied positions, the skills developed and with further qualifications then extended to training opportunities in the real estate industry.
In recent years Carmen has been involved in real estate industry research projects; and worked in industry registered training organisations providing management support as well as creating training material and training students. Carmen has also worked directly with real estate agencies consulting and supporting real estate businesses with systems and legislation updates to ensure compliance in the day-day running of the real estate agency.
The variety of experiences and ‘touch points’ achieved within the real estate sector, has enabled Carmen access to a broad perspective and insight to the industry and its training requirements.
Carmen’s belief is - “Through training, performance monitoring, rewards and communication; success is achieved in a team providing positive results for any business”
Sharon de Souza - Trainer/Assessor
Sharon graduated with a Diploma in Business Management (Real Estate) in 2000. Working in real estate Sharon has held management roles where her passion was leading and inspiring the team. She has also worked within the real estate industry in the UK. She has a wealth of business acumen with experience working within the Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Recruitment, Real Estate and Coaching Industries and has worked as an Instructor for an International Coaching Academy and as a Trainer and Assessor for one of the largest Registered Training Organisations in NSW.
Sharon stepped away from working in real estate and completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and became a Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach. She went on to complete a Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) and recently upgraded to the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice. Sharon's passionate about training, coaching, and mentoring, she is a lifelong learner and believes that life is a journey, that we are constantly evolving and changing to become the best version of ourselves.
Tahlee Rothemund - Trainer/Assessor (LREA)
Tahlee commenced her real estate career in 2008 at one of the largest residential agencies in Penrith on a traineeship. Learning about all aspects of property management, Tahlee worked up to managing her own portfolio, and providing guidance to other staff when required. After 5 years in residential real estate, she decided she was ready for a new challenge and moved to a Commercial Agency in Sydney’s North-West. Starting out assisting the property managers and managing the rental trust account, Tahlee gained the experience needed to manage her own Commercial property management portfolio.
Tahlee has now been working in the commercial sector with the same company (who have expanded to 5 offices within greater Sydney) for 7 years. She is the Senior Property Manager in her office and has gained knowledge beyond her years. Having never been one to just settle, Tahlee has had an interest in Vocational Education for some time, but finally decided to complete her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is keen to spread her knowledge. Tahlee has completed her Certificate IV in Property Services and is a Licensed Real Estate Agent.
Theresa Pace – Book-keeper and PA to the Managing Director
Theresa Pace began her career as a personal assistant in the Government sector and worked within several departments over an 11 year period. Her last position prior to starting her family was as Personal Assistant to the Deputy Director-General, Department of Community Services. Whilst raising her family of four she began bookkeeping for her husband utilising the MYOB system. Within a short period of time she found herself undertaking accounts-based work for a friend and over the past 25 years Theresa has built up a small client-based bookkeeping service.
In 2012 she completed her Cert IV in Accounting enabling her to become a BAS Agent. Theresa, who is also a Justice of the Peace, works for RETS part time assisting the Director in an accounting role and the business/office skills and experience she brings to this office also allows her to provide assistance in areas of administration, as required.
Leisa McBurney - Administration (Qualifications)
Leisa has joined our team from a teaching background, obtaining her Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) in 2003. She takes great pride in her ability to manage her administrative duties in the RETS team. She has fantastic organisational skills, is fantastic at looking at systems and has assisted greatly in developing and stream lining processes in the RETS office. Leisa now makes up part of the qualification team at the office and you may hear from her if we are chasing up paperwork!
Leisa’s role includes processing qualification enrolments, setting up trainees, student file management and generally working with Student Support to ensure a smooth student journey. Leisa is a committed and hardworking member of our team and is happy to 'step up' whenever someone needs assistance in the office.
Melanie Galea- Student Support (Qualifications)
Melanie Galea entered the Real Estate Industry in 2005 and very quickly found her love for people and property. Whenever there was an opportunity to develop and progress further in her career, she was always eager. She is a Licensed Real Estate Agent, Accredited Auctioneer, Licensed Strata Managing Agent and Stock and Station Agent. Melanie offers broad and up to date knowledge on the Real Estate Industry as it is today. She has always been customer service focused and willing to share her knowledge and experiences with other agents within the Real Estate Industry.
Conducting herself with high morals and ethics she is highly respected within the industry and is an award winning Property Manager and was recognised as Property Manager of the year within a large franchise company. Following that she appeared in Elite Agent Magazine and continued to lead a progressive, award-winning property management team. Melanie has always been passionate about the need for Real Estate Agents to educate themselves to further their careers, and as our student support officer for qualifications, we believe she’s the perfect fit for our students and employers.
Helene Giggin - Administration (Curriculum)
Helene began her career in the banking sector working her way through to Overseas Officer. She then moved on to the Education section and has gained over 26 years of experience in both administration and supervision of staff.
Helene brings to RETS her skills in instructional design and courseware creation. She will eagerly step into any administration job when things get busy and help with answering the phone or answering emails.
Tara Newton - Administration (Short Courses)
Tara comes to RETS with many years of experience in Business/Office Management and Sales and Marketing. She has had extensive experience working within various office environments, including Commercial Real Estate, WorkCover NSW and Property Development Companies. She holds a Diploma in Marketing and also a Certificate IV in Real Estate Property Services.
Joining us early 2020, Tara has settled well into the team and brings great customer service, sales and marketing skills along with her extensive administration skills. Tara is eager to further her education by undertaking future studies in Business Marketing and Administration and Management.
Mary Cox - Administration (Short Courses)
Mary is an experienced Administration and HR professional with an established working knowledge of Office Management, Administrative Practices, Payroll and Generalist Human Resources, including Industrial and Employee Relations. Moving into the banking industry from a nursing background Mary worked in varied Frontline and Management positions before taking up the role of Training Manager. Up for a new challenge Mary moved into the Insurance and Business Risk Management space working as the Admin and HR Manager.
Keen to utilise her previous skills in training, Mary introduced a workplace Traineeship program and leading by example became the company’s first Trainee undertaking a Cert IV in HR. As a champion of workplace Traineeship programs and government skills building initiatives, Mary has taken the opportunity to build her skills gaining a Diploma in Business Frontline Management, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Cert IV in HR, a Cert IV in WHS and HSR and a Cert in IV Financial Services.