Who is Plezzel?
Plezzel. We’re a platform and service that helps you build relationships to grow your business.
Born in Geelong, we began by simply solving a problem. From here, we ventured through the digital evolution and developed an online lead management and marketing automation software currently used by thousands of Australian real estate agents. Our products provide the time-saving and marketing tools agents need to get more listings, grow their rent roll and build better relationships with their prospects.
The Plezzel team prides itself on being innovative, collaborative and efficient. We are driven by excellence and quality, with a strong focus on integrity. We understand that you work hard for your data and that’s why our promise is to never on sell your data to third parties!
Meet team Plezzel
Whether it’s waves or the web, there’s no doubting Greg’s surfing expertise. As CEO of Plezzel, Greg brings with him a wealth of digital experience across multiple industry sectors, including Telecommunications, Finance, Banking, Utilities and the Public Sector.
Greg has extensive online knowledge having been involved in the early days of Telstra’s BigPond Platform and MelbourneIT online domain name solution. He’s also developed digital mobile products for Three Mobile, a digital content analytics solution for Vodafone International and led the development that launched Australia’s first digital bank Ubank.com.au. Phew! No wonder he’s our techy visionary!
Greg holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in IT, with a Postgraduate qualification in software engineering, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Property Planning and Design. Greg’s real passion besides surfing is property, which led him to start up Real Estate Bookings (now know as Plezzel) in 2011.
|1994||Started career as a developer and database designer/architect|
|2003||Lead consultant for Three Mobile, Vodafone digital platform launch|
|2007||Business design of Australia’s first online bank – Ubank.com.au|
|2010||Postgraduate diploma in Property planning and design – University of Melbourne|
|2011||Co-founder and part owner of Real Estate Bookings Pty Ltd|
Logical, methodical, analytical – these couldn’t be more spot-on when it comes to defining our COO/CFO, and doesn’t Cecille know it! With over 20 years of professional experience gained across many industry sectors including banking, finance, manufacturing, retail and real estate, Cecille is one truly dedicated and motivated individual. Having worked in the UK and the Netherlands, as well as at home here in Australia, Cecille draws on her wealth of knowledge as an Accountant, Business Analyst and Project Manager.
She’s never more comfortable than when she’s leading a team or overseeing projects, unless there’s a glass of champagne involved of course. She is also a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and is passionate about creating great customer experiences and continuous improvement.
She also comes to the business armed with buckets of passion for property investing and an extensive knowledge of business development, so it’s no surprise to us that she and Plezzel are a match made in heaven – we’re definitely in capable hands.
|1995-1998||Started career as a Project/Systems Accountant implementing ERP systems|
|1999-2001||Financial Applications Consultant across many industry sectors such as Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Defence, Food & Beverage Retail and Automotive|
|2001-2003||Business Consultant in the UK and Netherlands to banking and finance industries|
|2004-2010||Business Solutions Consultant to large Australian banking corporation|
|2010-2016||Business Analyst/Project Manager to large Australian retailer|
|2011||Co-founder and part owner of Real Estate Bookings (Now known as Plezzel)|
With a global experience in product, technology, and marketing we are excited to have Jon Stribling aboard as the Chief Digital Officer! Jon brings with him over 16 years of experience in digital marketing and technology. In his most recent role as the Chief Digital Officer for a global digital marketing technology business based in Amsterdam, Jon worked to grow the business by over 400% in just three years.
He has worked for global enterprises across Europe, USA, UK and Australia in telco, media and search, as well as being an educator for General Assembly (a global digital educator). With Jon’s wealth of knowledge, our digital marketing team is sure to only grow under his guidance.
|2003 – 2007||Development Manager|
|2007 – 2010||Ecommerce Product Manager for Melbourne IT Ltd|
|2010 -2014||Head of Product for Melbourne IT Ltd|
|2014-2015||Ran Sensis Online YP product|
|2015-2016||Country Manager for Spotzer in Australia|
|2016-2019||CDO for Spotzer in Amsterdam|
Max BushSenior Developer
Introducing Max, our Senior Developer! Max brings a wealth of knowledge and bucket loads of energy to the Plezzel Dev team. We think this might have to do with the fact he always has a coffee in hand, but we love it all the same.
Inspiring our development team to push through sprints and tick all the boxes, we sure are lucky to have a personality like Max around.
Adam ClapinskiLead Integration Developer
The Plezzel Dev team are stoked to have Adam on board with a multitude of experience as Senior Developer for a major Australian retailer.
Holding several roles spanning POS systems and integrations, we are pretty sure Adam is the perfect fit for our ever growing team.
Adam is also a father of 3 beautiful kids and is a keen follower of all sports. When he isn’t hanging out with his kids or watching the Cats win, Adam also likes to build stuff from recycled wood. He’s a busy guy and we’re lucky to have him!
Having graduated from Melbourne’s RMIT with a degree in Information Technology, Jahryn brings bags of passion, enthusiasm and strong programming knowledge to Plezzel.
With an excellent understanding of frameworks, operating systems and server technologies, you can be sure he’ll be our go-to man for developing new solutions and resolving techy issues.
And when he’s not engrossed in learning new technologies, he’ll often be found with his head in a good fiction book – think Edgar Allen Poe or something equally dark and dramatic.
|2016||Graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Information Technology, from RMIT University|
Loaded with bags of enthusiasm, Hudson is focused on driving Plezzel onward and, most importantly, upward. Having recently graduated from RMIT in Computer Science, where he, impressively, took advance electives in artificial intelligence and cloud computing, Hudson’s IT knowledge is second to none, and we’re pretty sure he’ll be teaching us a techy thing or two.
As well as being familiar with the keys of the computer, Hudson is pretty familiar with piano keys too, having played it for the last 12 years and performed in musicals such as Miss Saigon. However, constantly devising new programmes and experimenting with software tools is where is passion truly lies, which is why we know exciting times lie ahead for Plezzel now that Hudson is amongst our ranks.
Chloe ConsedineUser Experience and Design
Chloe has a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design which has led to her interest in user experience. Chloe is passionate about using design to enhance the customers experience and is continually working to develop the Plezzel product.
Lucy ParrotDigital Marketing Assistant
As the front of house for two major real estate agencies dealing with customer inquiries, Lucy’s various client-facing roles, such as an administrator and receptionist, has seen her pretty much involved with every aspect of the property marketing minefield, from organising photo shoots and brochures, to attending open inspections and auctions. This extensive background knowledge of the inner-workings of the property world, plus her strong customer service experience, naturally made Lucy our no. 1 choice to head up our administration, ensuring that we stay on the ball and in ship shape condition.
What’s more, we couldn’t pass by the opportunity of having someone on the team with top baking skills (we’re hoping her five years working for a successful bakery paid off). No pressure Lucy!
Personal Assistant at Hodges Real Estate, Geelong
Administrator/Receptionist at Marshall White Real Estate
Joel DonaldsonDigital Marketing Assistant
You could call Joel a jack of all trades, having dabbled in plumbing, retail, real estate and most recently, working for an independent printing company, where he learnt book binding and stitching. Phew! However, as a keen graphic designer, it was a natural progression for him to step into his role at Plezzel as Digital Marketing Assistant and combine his creative design with his visual communications experience.
We’re excited to see his creative passionate ignite and take off, not to mentioning also looking forward to soaking up some of his insights into the latest Aussie Rule’s season. Any hints and tips much appreciated Joel!
Ashley JonesDigital Marketing Assistant
Adding to our growing Digital Marketing team, Ash brings a wealth of customer service experience and interpersonal skills. Having previously volunteered in classrooms at Iris Global Orphanage and School in Mozambique, Ash has a worldly perspective and a ‘can-do’ attitude.
With solid communication skills and an approachable personality, Ash is your first point of call for all this creative!
In her spare time, you will find Ash painting/drawing/illustrating or visiting her favourite art galleries. We know who to go to for the next Archibald Prize winner!
Oliver NecovskiClient Support Lead
Operating in an environment that faces constant technological challenges, Plezzel is delighted to welcome to the fold Oliver, thanks to his IT degree majoring in security. We couldn’t be more calmed to know he will be at the realm as our Client Support Lead, putting his expert knowledge to good use and demonstrating his interest for unravelling tricky problems with innovative solutions.
What’s more, Oliver’s lengthy stint in the retail world has equipped him with strong customer service skills, so his role at Plezzel was a natural fit. We’re confident our clients will be fully supported and nurtured under his helpful supervision. Oh, and if you speak Macedonian, he’ll be happy to converse.
|2009-2016||While studying, Oliver worked at Kmart as a Customer Service Assistant|
|2017||Studying at Deakin University for a Bachelor in IT, majoring in security|
Ben FenwickClient Support Lead
When it comes to providing excellent customer support and straightforward, accurate guidance, Ben is at the top of his game. Joining Plezzel as our Client support Lead, he brings with him a wealth of dynamic experience thanks to his various client centric roles at IBM – we’re looking forward to commandeering this knowledge!
Heading up a successful team is also one of Ben’s core objectives, so we’re confident that his mentoring, training and full support of our crew will ensure our company’s values are always adhered to.
It’s fair to say Ben is one determined and motivated fella, and this is further demonstrated by his back packing experiences and securing his own home before the grand age of 23! It might be worth commandeering his real estate knowledge too!
Diane SpagnuoloClient Support
Super organised, systematic in her approach and extremely reliable, Diane is Plezzel’s Customer Support with a difference. When she’s not dealing with technical issues and providing database support, she’s helping with agent queries, and she does all this with impeccable administrative skills.
Stephen SpagnuoloClient Support
As a highly experienced Business Analyst and Business Architect, Stephen brings to Plezzel a proven track record of problem management and resolution to achieve key objectives.
Stephen’s customer focus is top priority and he’s committed to quality outcomes that ensure an understanding of customer needs to deliver what they want, that’s why he’s the best man for our Support/Business Analyst role, assisting with Customer Support queries and definition of product solutions to keep us ahead of the game.
Kate ShawCopy Writer
Kate loves writing and she loves interiors which leaves her perfectly positioned as our copywriter.
Kate has been lucky enough to write for many publications throughout her extensive career, including lifestyle titles, entertainment magazines and professional journals both in her home country New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. She’s written about everything from showbiz gossip to dental politics to Italian cooking, but has loved the past decade when she’s specialized in writing and editing for top New Zealand interior titles. In fact, it’s possible she may have loved the past decade a little too much, with many of the items featured in the magazines having reappeared in her own home!
Having recently moved to Australia, Kate is delighted to bring her passion for everything home-related to her job with Plezzel.
Whether it’s a blog on preparing your house for sale, an update on the season’s top homeware trends or practical tips for your next big move, Kate hopes her blogs will leave you as enthusiastic about your home as she is about hers.
London-based showbiz correspondent for The TV Guide, New Zealand.
Editor of Vital magazine for dental professionals, London.
Sub-editor/staff writer for Your Home & Garden and Home & Entertaining magazines, New Zealand.
Launched successful freelance career writing and editing for top New Zealand lifestyle titles.
Louise O’BryanCopy Writer
Louise has such a passion for homes and interiors that you could almost call it an addiction. In fact, her husband would probably call her cushion and vase obsession a ‘problem’. Her response would be, ‘you can never have enough cushions!’
Well, after 15 years as an Interiors Stylist and Writer, compiling features and directing photo shoots for glossy magazines and consumer titles, you could say she’s had enough experience to find out and that’s also why we have enormous faith in her interiors knowledge when it comes to delivering insightful and inspiring posts for our blog, covering the latest interior trends and useful property advice.
So, whether you’re looking for helpful design ideas to make your home stand out amongst the competitive crowd, or you simply need some styling tips to cosy up your living spaces, our Content and Copy Writer is on board to solve your design dilemma’s and cushion conundrums.
|1999||Graduated with a BA Honors in Fine Art from Bath Spa University College, UK.|
|2006||Became Deputy Interiors Editor of UK’s biggest selling interiors magazine, Ideal Home.|
|2011||Joined the launch team behind Time Inc’s award-winning Style at Home magazine as Homes Editor|
|2014||Launched her freelance career as an International Interiors Writer and Stylist.|
Renaissa TeeLegal Copy Writer
We are over the moon to have discovered the talents and entrepreneurial skills of Renaissa. Having completed a double degree in a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) / Bachelor of Commerce (BCom, Marketing), we are thrilled to include her in our Plezzel team. Renaissa assists us with drafting our external and in-house legal documents as well as blog article writing to maintain and increase our digital presence.
Whilst studying, Renaissa founded and co-created a mobile app, FlipStrip, which helped users create personalised GIFs by editing individual frames with text, stamps and filters for use on Facebook and Instagram. On top of overseeing promotional techniques to derive the maximum efficacy of the social media campaign, Renaissa had to overcome a number of licensing obstacles. Fortunately, her IP law knowledge helped her to research precedent and statutory law to find a solution. Wow, we’re impressed!
Renaissa’s role at JPH Lawyers as a Lawyer (Head of Property) saw her executing property settlements and providing legal advice on contracts relating to property and corporate law. It must come as no surprise that we love to tap into her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm.
You heard it here first – we discovered her!
The real estate industry is rapidly transforming to digital. Gone are the days when an agent would drive a client around the local area. We know real estate agents do not respond to every enquiry made on a property, so in 2011 we identified an opportunity to use technology to replace many of the manual processes that are not applied consistently.
With the major source of enquiry now via online websites, real estate is fast becoming a 24/7 business. Our own analytics indicate that 70 percent of property enquiries come into the office outside of business hours. Within our team we refer to the hours of 7pm – 11pm, Monday to Friday as ‘digital peak hour’.
Digital Marketing Capability.
Launched Open Home App.
Extended platform to include SMS Capability.
Launched inspection booking system for Rentals, Sales and Commercial.
Approached to solve a problem and began prototyping.
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