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Building a Legacy 创造传奇新时代

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Co-Founder & Group Managing Director of Romano Property Group (RPG)
Romano Property Group (RPG) 联合创始人兼董事总经理

Celebrating 15 years with the Romano Property Group

“The definition of success is having a good business with a clear strategic vision, looking after all stakeholders in your business and being able to provide for your family”.

These are the confident words of Maurice Romano, who has been the co-founder and group managing director of the Romano Property Group (RPG)¸ since 2005. Driven by the ethos of dynamic collaboration and creativity, this market-driven, innovative property development business is 100 per cent privately owned by Maurice Romano and his family since 2016. RPG champions itself in its ability to manage and control a project from its conceptual genesis through all stages of its development cycle by establishing itself as a distinctive, trustworthy and resilient player in the property market.

The Romano family’s professional experience in the art of property construction and development can trace its roots back to when his first-generation Italian immigrant parents settled in Ballarat during the 1960s. “My dad was a solid plasterer and concreter by trade. My parents started a small construction business in renovation, plastering, concreting and building townhouses”, said Mr Romano. His parents were pioneers in the construction of one of the first boutique triple-storey apartments in Ascot Vale. With an entrepreneurial spirit fostered since young, Romano studied a Bachelor of Economics in Melbourne and was told by his father to, “go work for the bank”.

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Despite a series of failed interviews and being told that he simply “didn’t have the right personality for banking”, the persistently diligent young graduate found his niche in sales and marketing when he joined Rexona Unilever as a sales representative. This would then usher in a rewarding 25-year career for Romano, where he excelled, to hold several senior executive positions and directorships across prestigious corporations within the Australian and New Zealand fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry such as Amcal, Pacific Dunlop Food Company, Valcorp Fine Foods and the Australian Convenience Foods Group (ACFG). Romano is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and successfully obtained a postgraduate degree in marketing to complement and consolidate theoretical business principles for practical applications.

Being the eldest of three brothers, Romano led his younger brother to take reign of the Romano construction and development family business to form RPG in 2005. In a decade, the brothers delivered over AUD400m worth of projects across medium-density residential, retail, student accommodation, commercial offices and high-rise medical within the Melbourne metropolitan area. The longevity and trust in RPG within the property market has also enabled it to attract foreign capital from a myriad of international investors. After a fruitful partnership of 10 years, the Romano brothers decided to pursue separate business interests in 2015.

In the spirit of continuing the Romano legacy, Romano then moved RPG to Collins Street and restructured the company to operate under a triumvirate division structure through RPG Capital, RPG Projects and RPG Real Estate. Where RPG capital facilitates debt and equity funding structures for high net worth investors, RPG projects are focused on sourcing, planning and construction of projects which are then complemented by project marketing delivered by RPG Real Estate. Romano holds a full Real Estate licence and is OIEC of this real estate arm. “Real estate development is not for the faint-hearted. You really need an extraordinary team and some robust financing behind you.”

Unlike RPG’s competitors who leverage debt and equity capital from other investors to fund their projects, Maurice is a staunch believer in co-investing his own capital with a suite of trusted partners. RPG’s successful 15-year partnership with trusted financial institutions like the Bank of Melbourne and National Bank is also a testament to RPG being a paragon of excellence and trust within the property development market that is often riddled with volatility. Romano believes that investing 50 percent to 100 percent of RPG’s own capital into every project translates to a symbiotic enhanced cooperation and understanding between the developer and investors.

Adopting both a horizontal and vertical organisational structure enables RPG to focus on core elements of the stages of property development through its “inhouse” staff without losing strategic direction. As “buyers want to deal directly with their developer”, RPG conducts project marketing alongside its inhouse sales team. This successful formula has not only resulted in its developments being sold out 100% but allowed RPG to effectively build and manage a rent roll of 400 plus properties in a manner that always prioritises customer’s needs.

Good rapport with principal consultants like KCL Law, Thompson Geer, Charter Keck Cramer, external accounting firm Hall and Chadwick, and a thorough appreciation of one’s internal talents, are essential elements for a successful property development firm. Romano cares about the career fulfilment and wellbeing of his staff. “You are not only there to keep people employed but, you are actually adding value to someone else’s life. I think that’s something that people tend to disregard.”

Assisted by powerful project development and, sales and marketing teams, RPG has multiple promising projects in premium locations, in the pipeline. These projects are set to deliver long-term value for the company, the community at large and investors over the next 5 years.

One of RPG’s exciting new ventures is their acquisition of 8-10 Grattan Street, Hawthorn a once-in-a-lifetime development of 15 over-generous, luxurious and unique residences within the premium location of St James Estate. Partnered with the architectural genius of Ewert Leaf and the creativity of noted landscaper Jack Merlo , marketing of this Hawthorn project is to commence in August 2020.

Romano is confident that the 15th anniversary of RPG in September 2020 will inaugurate the dawn of a new age and RPG’s continued journey of longevity within the Melbourne property market.

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Number 8 Grattan Luxury Residences Hawthorn
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Number 8 Grattan Lounge
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Number 8 Grattan Kitchen

与Romano Property Group共庆15周年

“一个成功者的定义是拥有一个有清晰战略眼光的公司,能够照顾每一个和公司利益相关的人,并同时能支撑和守护你的家人。”

这是出自2005年以来担任Romano Property Group联合创始人兼董事经理Maurice Romano的自信之言。以精诚合作和锐意创新作为企业的精神,这家以市场为主导的创新的房地产开发公司由Maurice Romano及其家族完全私人所有。RPG通过自身庞大的地产开发网络,使其能够控制从概念策划到项目完工的每一个环节,成为行业内独特的,值得信赖的和充满生机的一员。

至于Romano家族在房地产建设和开发方面的专业经验要追溯到上世纪60年代,他的父母是第一代意大利移民,并定居在巴拉瑞特(Ballarat)。“我父亲从事固体抹灰和混凝土贸易。父母开了一家小型建筑公司,提供翻新、抹灰、浇注混凝土和建造联排别墅等业务。双亲也是在阿斯科特谷(Ascot Vale)建造首批精品三层公寓的先驱者之一。Maurice Romano从小就培养了创业精神,他在墨尔本取得经济学士学位后,父亲当时希望他去银行工作。

尽管在面试时候经历一连串的失败,也被告知根本就缺乏“适合从事银行业的性格”,但这位奋发的年轻毕业生却在作为销售代表加入联合利华(Rexona Unilever)后,迅速在销售与营销业务中找到了自己的定位。这也开启了他25年的超卓职业生涯,涉足于澳大利亚和新西兰快速消费品(FMCG)行业领域。包括Amcal,Pacific Dunlop食品公司、Valcorp Fine Foods和澳大利亚方便速食品集团(Australian Convenience Foods Group-ACFG)。Maurice Romano同时也是澳大利亚公司董事机构(Australian Institute of Company Directors – AICD)的研究员,并获得市场营销的研究生学位,辅助和巩固理论商业原则,致力应用于实践。

身为三兄弟中的大哥,Maurice Romano在2005年带领弟弟们接管Romano建设和发展家族企业,并创立了RPG。在10年的时间里,这家兄弟公司成功地交付了超过4亿澳元的项目,这些项目计划横跨墨尔本市区内的中密度住宅、零售、学生宿舍、商业办公和高层医疗中心。RPG在房地产市场上展现出的高度生命力和可信度,也成功地吸引许多国际投资者的投资。经过10年卓有成效的合作,他们决定在2015年寻求独立的商业盈利模式。

本着延续Romano家族文化的精神,Maurice Romano随后将RPG迁移至柯林斯街(Collins Street)并对公司进行重组,通过整合把RPG Capital、RPG Projects和RPG Real Estate作为三大业务框架运营。RPG Capital为高净值投资者的项目提供债务和股权融资结构,而RPG Projects则专注于寻找、规划和构建项目,然后再由RPG Real Estate进行项目营销。Maurice Romano持有正式的房地产执照,也是该部门全权有效管制人员。

“太过谨小慎微的人并不适合房地产开发,你必需要有一个非凡的团队和强力的资金支持。”不过,他们与竞争对手利用其他投资者的债务和股票资本进行项目融资的情况不一样,坚定秉持诚信观念,与一批值得信赖的合作伙伴共同投资自有资本。他们与墨尔本银行(Bank of Melbourne)和国家银行(National Bank)等金融机构以互信互惠的方式成功携手15年,这也证明RPG在房地产开发市场中是卓越和信任的典范,在形势起伏不定的房地产开发市场实属少见。他相信将RPG自有资金的50%到100%投入到每个项目中,能够更紧密增进开发者和投资者之间的合作和理解。

运用牢固的横向和纵向组织结构,使RPG能够通过其“内部”员工专注于房地产开发阶段的核心元素,不会因外包事务可能导致丧失战略方向。正如“买家想要直接与开发者交易”一样,RPG与内部销售团队一起进行项目营销。这个优化的公式不仅让开发产品能百分百售罄,而且使RPG可以在优先考虑客户需求的前提下,顺利的构建并管理逾400个物业租赁。

对外,RPG长期与KCL Law、Thompson Geer、Charter Keck Cramer及会计事务所Hall Chadwick等主要咨询顾问保持良好关系。对内,一家卓越的房地产开发公司必须具备充分的内部协调和善于发掘成员天赋的才能,Maurice Romano非常关心员工的职业成就和福利。“你不仅仅是为了让人们保有工作,实际上是在为别人的人生增值。我认为人们往往会忽视这一点。”在RPG强大的项目开发团队和市场营销团队的开拓下,RPG在优越地段中拥有多个前景无限的项目进行中。这些项目将为公司、整个社区及其投资者带来长远价值。

RPG令人振奋的新投资之一是他们收购了位于Hawthorn的 8-10 Grattan Street,在St James最优质的房产地段开发15座非常气派、豪华和独特的永久发展住宅区。这个与建筑奇才Ewert Leaf和著名园林设计师Jack Merlo创意联手的Hawthorn项目将于2020年8月上市销售。

2020年9月,RPG成立15周年纪念将开启一个新时代的曙光,Maurice Romano深信RPG的光芒将长久照耀墨尔本房地产市场。”

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Let’s Stop The Virus Let’s End The Hysteria – Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19)

WHAT IS COVID-19?

It is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus.  Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get sick very quickly.  Example: fever, coughing, a sore throat and shortness of breath.  Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

It was a newly identified virus and previously known as a novel coronavirus (nCov-2019). It was first identified in Hubei Province, China, and has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concerns by the World Health Organisation. (WHO).

The National Academy of Sciences of USA, Peter Forster, a fellow in archaeological research at Cambridge, said he found three main strains of the virus, labelled as A, B and C. The A and C types are found in significant proportions outside East Asia, that is, in Europeans and Americans. In contrast, the B type is the most common type in East Asia. The A strain was the founding variant because it was the version most similar to the type of SARS-Cov-2 discovered in bats, but it wasn’t the predominant type in Wuhan, according to his research.

Of 23 samples that came from Wuhan, only three were type A, the rest were type B, a version two mutations from A. So A was the predominant strain, the research said. The A type has largely phased out, and the B type has become the predominant version. The C strain, which mainly appeared in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and in some parts of Europe, has also largely died out.

Research found that the coronavirus may have been circulating among humans and animals earlier than previously believed, based on an analysis of mutation rate. There is a 95% chance that the original successful spread of virus may have started as early as Sept 13th 2019.  Covid-19 was first reported in Wuhan in December.

Started 6th March 2020, approximately 98,370 confirmed cases, 3,383 deaths have been reported.  The majority of cases have been identified in mainland China, however there are  increasing cases in other countries such as Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Australia & yet to know after those has travelled overseas under incubation period of 14 days.

SYMPTOMS & TRANSMISSION:

Reported symptoms include fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath & breathing difficulties.  Recent information on the transmission of the virus suggest that cases may be infections up to 24 hours before the onset symptoms, until at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

The WHO have confirmed that the main driver transmission is from symptomatic patients through coughing and sneezing.  Transmission by people with symptoms is possible, but likely to be rare.

DO NOT PANIC, STAY CALM, PROTECT, BUILD, HYGIENE

The COVID-19 outbreak -most people who became infected experience mild illness & recover but it can be more severe for others.  Take care of your Health and Protect others by doing the following.

WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or Rub or wash them with soap and water.

WHY? Washing your hands with soap and water or using Alcohol based hand sanitizer rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

WHY? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contains virus, if you are to close. You can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE & MOUTH

WHY? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.  Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to eyes, nose, or mouth.  From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

PRACTISE RESPIRATORY HYGIENE

Make sure you and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when cough or sneeze.  Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

WHY? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu & Covid-19.

If you have Fever, Cough and Difficult Breathing, Seek Medical care early.

Stay Home, if you feel unwell, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing , headache, slight running nose, seek medical attention and call in advance as will allow  your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.

This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice, given by the healthcare provider. Stay informed on the latest development about Covid-19.

Follow advice given by HealthCare provider, your national & local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and other from Covid-19.

WHY? National and local authorities will have the most update information on whether Covid-19 is spreading in your area.  They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

TO SUMMARISE ALL INTO YOUR BRAIN PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM GETTING SICK.

  • Wash hands often using soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.  Dry with paper towel or hand Dryer.
  • Buy an alcohol base hand sanitizer with over, 60 percent alcohol.
  • After coughing or sneezing .
  • When caring for the sick.
  • Before, during and after your preparation of food.
  • Before eating.
  • After toilet use.
  • When hands are visibly dirty.
  • After handling animals or animal waste.
  • Cover mouth & nose when sneezing or coughing with flexed elbow or tissue.
  • Throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use
  • Avoid close contact when experiencing cough and fever.
  • Avoid spitting in public.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you choose to wear face mask, be sure to cover mouth and nose  avoid touching mask once its on.
  • Discard single use mask in tight bins and wash hands after removing.
  • Wash clothes that has been worn outside. Do not leave it unwashed.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick.  If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone gp first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep and now is the time to quit smoking.
  • Don’t wear face mask if you are well.
  • Shaking hands (is optional).

NB: Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.

Make a plan for how you will manage and make sure stay in touch with family, friends and others in case you need help.

NB: LAST BUT NOT LIST, KEEP YOUR IMMUNE STRONG BY EATING HEALTHILY, MAKE SURE ENOUGH SLEEP AND EXERCISE.

Dr Mecherl Lim

An Intuitive Medical Practitioner in Alternative Medicine (MD) (MA), Naturopath (ND),

Holistic Kinesiology (HK), and Functional Medicine (FM)

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