Stephen King brings a wealth of sales, marketing and management experience to his real estate career.
Prior to joining ACTON Hills he ran two successful Gloria Jeans coffee shops in Morley and Midland, with the businesses winning several awards including Rookee Franchisee of the Year, National Franchise Partner of the Year and International Franchise Partner of the Year. Before that he ran his own industrial cleaning business.
"Running a successful business is not just about a having a good product. It's about giving exceptional service and building good relationships with your clients so that they want to use your services again and again and recommend you to their family and friends. Whether it's coffee, cleaning or real estate that's the philosophy I believe in."
After seven years with Gloria Jeans a desire for a new challenge saw Stephen move into real estate.
"I've always had a strong personal interest in property - my wife and I have invested, bought and sold, built and renovated over the years - and I wanted to take that further. Dee Sheehan sold our house several years ago and suggested I join her team. It was something I had to think about, but when the time was right I said yes."
Stephen is a Hills local, having lived in Helena Valley since 1997.
"We were one of the first to build in the estate. We've built twice and renovated once and still live in the same area. It's a fantastic location, it's semi-rural, but you're still only 20 minutes from Perth. It's so convenient and the lifestyle is outstanding. The people are wonderful, you can still buy big family-sized blocks, it's great for kids, and there's a good choice of schools.
"The surrounding area is set to improve even further with a new hospital due to open in Midland in 2015 and a massive upgrade due at the Midland Gate shopping centre."
Stephen and his family are strong supporters of the local community and charities.
"I firmly believe in giving something back, and over the years at Gloria Jeans we have sponsored several local schools and community groups. My family is also a big supporter of ovarian cancer - my mother-in-law had ovarian cancer and passed away in 2011. We have taken part in their running for life and my brother-in-law did the City to Surf fun run and donated his proceeds to ovarian cancer. It's something we plan to continue."