Top international award for Pretoria property man

Pretoria property doyen Robert Ketjen has been honoured by Harcourt’s International and inducted into the global property group’s highly select Hall of Fame.
Ketjen, who has been chairman of Harcourts Africa and its predecessor Homenet for many years, is a 35-year veteran of the South African property industry with a deep knowledge of both the commercial and residential sectors, and he has served on many industry organizations such as the SA Property Owners’ Association and the Institute of Estate Agents as well as the Institute of Marketing Management.  
He is well known for his negotiating and deal-making skills and played a major role in concluding the agreement that has brought the Harcourts brand to SA.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place at the first Harcourts Africa national conference held recently at a Drakensberg resort, and the presentation was made by Harcourts International MD Mike Green, who noted that this was an honour reserved for a very few and represented the pinnacle of personal recognition within the group.
“The Hall of Fame was launched in 2002 with the purpose of recognizing in a special way those outstanding individuals who make the most significant contributions to the success, growth and quality of our brand, and who embody the spirit of Harcourts and our motto, ‘Deeds will surpass words’,” he said.
“And Robert certainly does that. Although he shuns the limelight and always focuses attention instead on his team members, he is a deeply committed and passionate leader who has shown his ability to empower people at every level, from admin staff and agents to business owners, corporate staff and the CEO.
“He also has the unique ability to identify the need for something new long before most and has a wonderful way of initiating discussions to get people to embrace the change they need.”
Green also praised Ketjen’s positive approach and energy, and said his vision of making Harcourts one of the best real estate companies in SA, as well as his loyalty to this purpose was a shining example not only to his colleagues in the company but to all in the property industry.

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