Simon Arnes, Connells Group Estate Agency Operations Director, will mark a huge milestone by celebrating 50 years with the business on 1st December.
Simon’s career started with William H Brown estate agents, part of Sequence, in 1972, starting as the office boy with the company which was then trading as T H Warren & Son. He quickly rose through the ranks to become the Divisional Managing Director for Sequence’s Eastern and Central Division, and was responsible for a successful network of almost 100 branches covering East Anglia and the Midlands, as well as two auction centres, 40 lettings offices and five land and new homes centres. In 2016, Simon became Group Estate Agency Operations Director charged with assisting to drive and develop Connells Group’s entire estate agency network and with maintaining its market leading position.
“I have been fortunate to have worked with some very talented individuals throughout my career, many of whom are now in senior positions running the company,” says Simon. “I have also been very privileged to be part of Connells Group’s development and success and, whilst we are the largest estate agency group in the country, we still maintain the importance of our local presence.
“Our high street branches and local market knowledge remains vital despite the many changes over my 50 years, and with the technology revolution undoubtedly being the biggest,” continues Simon. “We must never forget that we are a people business and, in my view, this will never change, providing a full service to our customers that never loses sight of core estate agency.”
In his 50th year, Simon has signalled his intention to retire, and will be stepping down from the business at the end of March 2023.
“Congratulations to Simon on his remarkable milestone and, on behalf of the business, I would like to express our appreciation for all his hard work and service over the last 50 years,” says Connells Group Estate Agency Chief Executive David Plumtree. “Simon’s whole career has been dedicated to driving the best standards in estate agency, and leaving a lasting impression on our business and, in due course, we wish him a very long, healthy and happy retirement.”