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As ResortBrokers Managing Director since 2019, and previously as National Sales Manager from 2011, Trudy Crooks is the driving force behind ResortBrokers’ ongoing success and expansion.
Trudy has spearheaded the growth of the family company, started by her father Ian in 1985, from six to more than 30 brokers across every state and territory resulting in an exponential increase in sales turnover. She travels extensively to mentor and support her sales team across Australia’s diverse and dynamic accommodation markets.
Trudy is widely regarded as one of the top female business leaders in the accommodation property sector, and her energy and enthusiasm for the industry is well recognised.
The seeds of Trudy’s passion for the sector were planted early. She started her career with ResortBrokers straight out of school, initially working in administration before turning to sales. Trudy sold her first motel, the Windmill Motor Inn in Coffs Harbour, aged 20.
Eager to expand her industry experience, Trudy spent almost a decade in London working for Foxtons, the city’s leading real estate agency. Trudy won repeated top sales awards, was quickly promoted to branch manager running a team of 14 agents and went on to manage Foxtons’ blue chip Mayfair office setting a company record of £1 million in fees within her first month.
As ResortBrokers Managing Director, Trudy acts personally on major transactions nationwide. Her notable sales include FV, which was Australia’s largest ever management rights sale. She also brokered the multi-property Art Series Hotel Group sale for Melbourne-based Deague Group, as well as landmark CBD hotel sales including Sebel Launceston and Elan Soho Suites in Darwin.
Trudy also heads ResortBrokers Hotels Division, which focusses on assisting major hotel operators such as Quest, Accor, Mantra and Minor International expand their footprint in Australia.
She is a much sought-after speaker on Australia’s accommodation property sector at major industry events, including Asia Pacific Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE), Australian Property Institute (API), The Urban Developer, The Accommodation Conference (AccomCon), Accor Pacific Franchise Conference, Quest Business Franchise Conference and the Best Western Franchise Conference.