After 21 years with Elders Real Estate at Picton Geoff Eagles is grateful for the recognition that comes with being named Business Man of the Year at the Wollondilly Local Business Awards.
The owner and principal said it was an honour that he did not take for granted.
"I am grateful to my team and those who have had faith in me since I started in real estate in 1998, and in the business since we bought Elders in 2007," Mr Eagles said.
Elders Picton have regularly been nominated in the business awards and have won best real estate agency as well as outstanding new talent in previous years.
"I'd like to think we won this award because not only are we a very successful small family business, but we do the right thing by people," Mr Eagles said. "I think our business is based on old school interpersonal relationships.
"And in an era where technology can make business quite impersonal I would like to think we make the process of buying and selling real estate a positive and memorable experience.
"I think the repeat business we receive is the best indication of building these relationships."
Mr Eagles said he recommended taking part in the awards, especially those who were new to local business.
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"The night is a great way to treat your staff to a night out as well as boosting the profile of your business in front of other local businesses," he said.
"Sure we compete with each other in particular categories, but we are all small businesses working in the same community and it is a great opportunity to put faces to names."
Mr Eagles said he was particularly impressed at the fact that the Wollondilly and Camden regions were now separate award presentations.
"We very much enjoyed the night and I particularly liked the fact that Wollondilly now has its own awards.
"With the Camden and Wollondilly areas growing so much, I think splitting the areas gives a greater opportunity for local business to get to know each other and become aware of just what an array is out there.
"Seeing businesses who I didn't know much about before the night up there getting awards was great."