Today that company is seeing new life in the hands of the second
generation of one of those families. Clark McLeod was born into a real estate family and he has early childhood memories of his father and the sales team heading off to Saturday morning auctions. These were followed by a morning radio market
update on those sales and the market generally.
While those auctions and radio reports were long before the days of mobile phones and the internet, the core values in real estate have not changed. Real estate principles are the same today, Clark said. Clark and wife Susie aim to breathe new life into the historic name which was established over more than 45 years
ago by the late Colin and his business partner John.
Their decision to bring back the Hastings McLeod brand has been welcomed by Judy Ryk (Hastings), who still lives in Ashburton.
Clark McLeod continues his family’s long association with real estate in Mid Canterbury. A residential, lifestyle and commercial sales consultant as well as a registered valuer.
Born and raised in Ashburton, Clark attended St Andrew College before completing a property degree at Lincoln University with a major in valuation and property management. Clark’s property career was put on hold while he enjoyed the professional rugby scene. A rugby career in the early days of the Crusaders building the brand with the initial two Super Rugby Championship titles and then continued rugby in Japan with Suntory gaining another two championship titles.
After his father passed away at the age of 26, he hung up his boots to return into the family real estate business. Working in both sales and valuation has established relationships with key property developers and professionals in the industry.
Clark is highly motivated and competitive and along with strategic thinking understands the important components of the property industry. With an honest and grounded approach, Clark has developed a loyal client base over years in the business. Involved in the community and upholding his sporting ties, Clark has become involved with his children’s sport.
Clark married Susie O’Reilly and has a son, Thomas and Daughter Sylvie, who may one day continue the McLeod real estate legacy started by their grandfather over 45 years ago.
Susie joins the real estate industry coming from a medical background. After gaining a Bachelor of Nursing Degree in General and Psychiatric Nursing she worked as a theatre nurse in the operating theatre at St. Georges Hospital. Her career is sale started after she was approached for a position in the sale of medical and surgical devices. This sales career developed while working for the large international Orthopaedic company DePuy a division of Johnson and Johnson.
Her sales role involved regular international travel for ongoing specialised training. Susie excelled in sales, gaining several national and International Sales awards with a career highlight receiving one of the top sales awards presented in Kyoto Japan.
It would be fair to say that Susie is a people person. Having married into a family with real estate in their blood, it is a natural transition for Susie to shift her medical sales skills and attributes into real estate.
Her warm personable nature lends itself well to real estate, whilst Susie’s clients can rely on her integrity and professionalism to ensure that she is working alongside them in anticipation of achieving their best result.
Having grown up in Ashburton Susie has a sound knowledge of the district and its people. She is excited to have this opportunity, along with her husband Clark in the McLeod family’s ongoing real estate connection to the Ashburton community. Susie and Clark have two children Thomas (7) and Sylvie (5) who attend Allenton School. Susie enjoys supporting her children in all their sporting and cultural activities.
Mark has been involved with the farming sector for many years in a range of roles following on from Lincoln College qualifications over 40 years ago. A period of rural banking in Southland and Mid Canterbury was followed by nearly thirty years farming locally. More recently Mark has been involved with rural real estate and rural valuation work and has good understanding of farming and the current issues it is facing. Mark benefits from strong people skills and the ability to work through situations and find solutions for clients.
Armed with a property degree from Lincoln University and over 20 years of property investing in residential rentals, Tania brings hands on experience and a passion for all things property to her role as an Urban Property Valuer and PA to Clark McLeod.
Having previously worked in the legal arena, Shopping centre management and engineering industries - along with hands on farming experience, Tania’s CV is broad. Tania manages her own investment property portfolio. This experience translates well in understanding the complexities of buying business or investment property. In Tania’s spare time she enjoys tramping, travelling and spending time with family.
Laura, born and breed in Ashburton has worked in the Property industry for over 10 years both locally and overseas. Majority of this time working in Ashburton as a qualified Residential and Commercial Valuer, this enabling her to work across many aspects of the property market from Valuations to advising clients through the sales process. In Laura’s spare time she enjoys spending
time with her family, husband James and two young children Jack and Annabel, playing netball and renovating their lifestyle property in Tinwald.
Cathy was brought up in Waikaia, Northern Southland and initially worked in banking in Gore and then Wellington. Some years were then spent travelling and working throughout New Zealand and overseas, finally settling in Ashburton 30 years ago. While enjoying family life with her husband and two children, Cathy has spent the last 20 years working as an office and real estate administrator. Cathy is also a life member of the Ashburton Pottery Society, has a passion for art and crafts and enjoys travelling and many outdoor leisure activities. Cathy is excited to be joining the team at Hastings Mcleod Real Estate.