Meet the Hello Team
Paul became the principal of Hello Real Estate in July 2016 under the terms of a License Agreement with the IP owner of Hello and established the Head Office in Victoria at 24A/479 Warrigal Rd Moorabin Vic where he owns and operates Jim’s Building Inspections, Jim’s Asbestos Removal, Commerford Consolidated Pty Ltd & Bauen Group with his wife Suzanne and Termite Solutions Victoria Pty Ltd. In early 2017 Paul initiated Hello Real Estate’s move into the Jim’s System changing the then Hello License structure to a full Jim’s Franchising operation but still maintaining the name & Brand of Hello. All day to day operations including Call Center services, social media and lead generation were managed and promoted by Bauen Group as part of Jim’s and the License agreements and Operations manuals were revised to fall in line with the Jim’s model. These changes were used to launch an aggressive franchising recruitment campaign under the direction of Paul’s long-term business development manager Jamie Byard, a 15-year veteran of the franchising group founded by Jim Penman in 1982. This initiative strengthened the Hello Brand and offering, and created a great deal of interest from potential franchisees as they saw Hello Real Estate as a new initiative of Jim’s which has a very successful track record in developing new market sectors.
Trish joined Hello Real Estate in 2011 during the ‘Proof of Concept’ phase and went on to become a Director of Hello Real Estate Ltd an unlisted public company that entered into a Reverse Takeover arrangement with ASX Listed Minrex Resources Ltd which was discontinued in January 2016 due to the negative investor reaction created by the result of the McGrath Real Estate float. Trish was also a Director of Hello Business Systems Pty Ltd, the subsidiary of Hello Real Estate Ltd that carried out all licensing of the Hello Brand. Hello Business Systems transferred the operations over to Licensing Partners Pty Ltd and Pindan Projects Pty Ltd companies that are owned by Paul Commerford in June 2016 to enable further development of Hello Real Estate under the Jim’s system. Trish joined the Jim’s team headed up by Paul Commerford and was appointed as a director and shareholder of Licensing Partners Pty Ltd in early 2017, bringing with her a great deal of experience and an intimate understanding of Hello’s Intellectual Property and business systems. Trish has held real estate licenses in a number of states as the nominated Licensee in charge of Hello Real Estate Ltd and Licensing Partners Pty Ltd.
Sam has been an integral part of the development of Jim’s Building Inspections along with Paul Commerford since it commenced operations. Sam’s involvement in Hello Real Estate through his directorship and shareholding in Licensing Partners Pty Ltd has brought a great deal of franchise management expertise to Hello and has assisted in the further development of the Brand and the move from a Licensing model to a franchise model. Sam has actively assisted in shaping Hello to fit the extremely successful Regional Franchisor and Divisional structure that has made Jim’s into the service industry leader that it is today.
Jamie has been involved with the Jim’s Group for 12 years supporting Jim Penman at the national office whilst also running a few divisions. Jamie was appointed by Paul Commerford in July 2016 as a ‘Nominated Consultant’ under the terms of the License Agreement for the Hello Real Estate System working directly with Trish Mewett to convert the Hello Real Estate License model to the Jim’s franchise model. During this phase Jamie & Trish edited and amended Jim’s Test & Tag Regional & Individual franchise agreements and operations manuals to suit the Hello Real Estate Franchise System. Jamie was given access to all of Hello Real Estate’s IP and systems to carry out the conversion of the business into a Jim’s model.
Suzanne operates Bauen Group which manages all day to day operations for Hello Real Estate including reporting from the Jim’s Group systems and Call Center. Bauen Group is now assisting the Jim’s Real Estate Franchise System with Jamie Byard, Trish Mewett and Peter Raja who was a Licensee of Hello Real Estate.
Was a licensee of Hello Real Estate and responsible for day to day administration at head office level working with Trish Mewett, Jamie Byard, Suzanne Commerford and the team at Bauen Group. In this role Peter has been given full access to all of the Hello Real Estate IP and confidential operating information. Peter is also working with the newly formed Jim’s Real Estate attending information nights and assisting in franchisee recruitment along with Trish Mewett and Jamie Byard.