Name: Marites Idea Novis
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Qfirst Property Investment Group, Blacktown, NSW
What do you enjoy the most, working in the field of construction & development?
The most pleasing part of my job would probably be those moments where I get to help and witness my clients settle down in the home of their dreams. In this job, I get to hear different stories of people from all walks of life; be it newlywed couples, retiring husband and wife, a graduate student, a business owner, etc.. They might carry with them different stories but these stories have a common denominator. That is having fulfilled their dream of being able to choose a place they can call ‘home’; a home where they cultivate love, treasure memories, form bonds and envision dreams.
Where do you see life in the next 5 years, what possibilities are ahead of you?
Business wise, I see not only myself but the whole team expanding to regions outside Sydney, further guiding and helping our clients settle into convenience and comfort with their loved ones.
If you could write a letter to a 13-year-old ‘you’ what would you say?
If I could write a letter to the 13-year old me, I would probably remind her that things get better when you pray for it and then work hard for it. I won’t rush my young self into thinking I have figured out everything all at once because I don’t need to. All I need to do is continue about my life, learn from experiences and appreciate failures just as much as victories, because these moments in life, these will be my steppingstones into what and who I am right now.
What are 3 skills you have had to develop to get to where you are presently?
Some say I have very great persuasion skills that get me to be trusted by my clients easily. I consider it flattering but still, I am a work in progress, and I always give my best in everything I do. Second, I consider the length of my patience a skill, especially on moments where being patient is out of the option and people around are testing my patience. Lastly, it would be keeping my mind in business and not letting my emotions overrun me. Like what I’ve mentioned, in business you meet different kinds of people, some with ulterior motives, so during critical decision making I do my best in practicing logic over emotions. With that, I know the business will stay afloat and I can keep my head in the game.