Network right behind reshaped leadership

In a strategic move announced publicly today, RE/MAX Australia Managing Director Michael Davoren will take up the role of Chairman on the RE/MAX Australia Board.

In the changed leadership structure, effective from 1st July, Chris Chapman retains the Finance Directorship and Josh Davoren becomes Director of Operations, adding to his marketing portfolio.

The current Franchise Director, Joel Davoren, retains that responsibility while assuming the broader position of Managing Director of RE/MAX Australia.

Highly respected in the real estate industry nationally and internationally, Michael Davoren’s strategic leadership, mentoring, governance, and business acumen have been among the qualities he brought to the RE/MAX Australia Board as Managing Director. He is a passionate advocate for continual evolution of the real estate industry and has been part of high-impact decisions. He takes on the Chairman role from a position of great strength.

He said, “The past 12-month period has been massive for RE/MAX Australia, with a number of key strategies and goals successfully achieved.

“An opportunity arose in New Zealand that led to the transfer of the RE/MAX regional business there to local ownership. The merger of Western Australia’s RE/MAX offices with RE/MAX Australia unified RE/MAX across the nation.

“My three co-directors led the network to embrace the Precinct platform, a key milestone in our digital transformation, along with several sophisticated digital tools.

“Much of this has occurred as RE/MAX Australia navigated the network through COVID-19, with Joel, Chris and Josh really steering this. In doing so, they gained absolute respect, confidence, and admiration of the network, which eased my decision to pass RE/MAX Australia over to their management while I take role of Chairman.”

Joel Davoren described the incoming leadership as a strong team with new dynamics.

“We’ve worked and achieved together for many years and plan to build on that to expand this great network through organic growth and acquisition.

“Recent months gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our leadership and value to the network; and the greatest lesson I’ve learned in that period is that leaders must be very visible. They must be there when it counts the most.

“The platform for the RE/MAX service offering to the network is at its highest ever and our goal is to develop it even further.”

Brad Neilson, one of RE/MAX Australia’s most esteemed broker-owners, said, “This is a dynamic company and this top management reshuffle is a well-timed execution as Michael, an industry icon, assumes the role of Chairman to make the RE/MAX Australia Board even stronger and our businesses more successful.”

Multi-award winner Katie Knight has been with RE/MAX for more than 20 years and a broker-owner since 2013.

“I’m confident the new management team will create unlimited opportunities for this network and will lead innovation in our continually changing industry,” she said.

Justin Miller, whose Gold Coast office is regularly ranked #1, agreed. “Michael brings so much history and experience to the Chairman role. Joel, Chris and Josh have truly demonstrated their mettle as innovators and leaders, and they have the vision and the skills to make our brand even greater.”

Ms Knight added, “RE/MAX members Australia-wide are right behind them and we are also incredibly fortunate to have Michael’s wisdom and experience on tap.”

“We’ve been handed an opportunity and a responsibility,” said Joel Davoren. “Our responsibility to our network is enormous but we are confident, and our strategies are clear.

“Chris, Josh and I are proud to continue the legacy that has been forged by previous RE/MAX leaders in Australia. We are proud to be part of a great global real estate network.

“It’s been said many times: our industry is evolving rapidly. We have ambitious plans for our network to be at the forefront,” he said.

Australia is one of more than 110 countries and territories worldwide with a RE/MAX presence.  In December 2012, the global real estate franchisor transferred the regional RE/MAX Australia master franchise to a local ownership group led by its then managing director, Michael Davoren, and included Chris Chapman, who was Managing Director of RE/MAX New Zealand at the time.


Media contacts:

Lyn Cox, Public Relations – M. +61 418 793 096, E. [email protected]

Michael Davoren, Managing Director RE/MAX Australia – M. +61 403 571 571

About RE/MAX: From a single office that opened in 1973 in Denver, Colorado, RE/MAX has grown into a global real estate network with more than 130,000 sales associates in more than 110 countries and territories. Its entrepreneurial culture affords its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence.