Meet the team – Simon Gallacher, Coventry branch manager
What is your job title and your role at SBK?
I’m the Coventry branch manager for SBK. My role is to work with the team to become the leading agent of choice in Coventry. Our clients are always the priority and fundamentally we look to be proactive in the marketing of their property to get the best possible result.
What does your job entail? Is there a typical day?
Advising clients – in person, in their home, on the phone and as a team ensuring we communicate regularly. The days always race by as every phone call and property is different – it’s a great job!
What did you do before this job?
I have worked in Coventry and the surrounding area for 10 years as an estate agent – all spent at one company which I was involved with from day one. I have been in property, sales and marketing for 15 years now and love helping people in what is often one of the biggest decisions of their life.
What attracted you to working for SBK?
I love the brand of SBK and the diverse range of disciplines in all aspects of property and land we offer. No matter the client or the need, no matter how quirky the property, we can genuinely offer value to the client. And SBK coming to Coventry was too good an opportunity not to be involved in.
What’s the best bit about your job?
It’s all good! But particular highlights are learning from, and working with staff, the client choosing us as their agent, agreeing a sale and handing over the keys on completion!
What qualifications or training do you need to do this job?
I have previously been a director of multiple companies which has certainly taught me many things. Formally I am qualified as a member of Propertymark – National Association of Estate Agents. I am also qualified as a domestic energy assessor, which means I can produce EPC reports which are mandatory for all residential sellers or landlords – this helps as I can offer more detailed advice about property to clients.
What motivates you to work hard?
Life feels more fulfilling when one works hard and works smart. Also, the most powerful form of leadership is example, and working hard is a core baseline of leadership.
What are your career goals?
Be the agent of choice in the area, and a trusted person for the client. Also, to maintain passion for my work and to be happy and fulfilled.
What is the best piece of career advice you have ever been given?
I am very grateful to have had many superb mentors from whom I’ve received a lot of great advice. My two favourite, and ones that occupy my thoughts most are probably: Stephen R. Covey: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood. And, Jim Collins: “Good is the enemy of Great.”