EMBRACING OPPORTUNITY, TOGETHER

The Stonewood Group is a privately owned commercial property management company with over 15 years’ experience and a proven track record when it comes to buying, selling and developing commercial property.

The Stonewood Group currently manages a property portfolio valued in excess of $400m.  The types of property within the portfolio range from retail complexes to office towers and includes future development opportunities.

  • Brent Gilchrist
    Brent Gilchrist Chief Operating Officer

    Brent has put his Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University to good use in a multi-faceted business career that includes 15 years of experience as a private taxation and business consultant.

    Brent provides a business advisory role across the entire the Stonewood Group, specialising in strategic planning and review of contractual matters affecting day-to-day group business decisions, as well as providing business management support.

    Due to the group having a strong presence all over New Zealand, Brent spends a lot of time away from home, so enjoys his remaining time with his family, which extends to no less than 8 children. His golf game, unfortunately, remains on hold.

  • John Chow
    John Chow Founder

    John is an entrepreneur and visionary, with an eye for strategic planning. His self-admitted hunger for success and the will to win has resulted in building a successful property and business portfolio from the humble beginnings of running a Chinese takeaway.

    John’s transition from small business owner to becoming a corporate entity and rich-lister has taken effort, a clear understanding of where he wants to go and the fearlessness to predict and react to market changes before they happen.

    John formed the Chow Group with his brother Michael in 1999 which today includes interests in nonbank financing, commercial property, health and fitness, hotels and lodging, entertainment, serviced offices, home building and food and beverage. Day to day, John takes the lead on Stonewood Group.

    John’s 5-year master goal for Stonewood Group is achieving $2b asset by 2023. John’s sub‐goals are:

    2023 – 10 hotels by 2023
    2024 – Stonewood Homes to be the largest homebuilder in New Zealand
    2025 – Private fund of $1b by 2023

  • Michael Chow
    Michael Chow Founder

    Michael is the younger of the two Chow brothers, who as an entrepreneur has overcome incredible odds to achieve success.  His strength is operations management.  With a hands-on approach to the day to day, Michael has solid market insights in the sectors where the brothers operate and an enviable network of movers and shakers. Today, just like his brother John, Micheal is reaping the rewards of his hard work, moving from the family-owned Chinese fast food outlet to being the co-owner of a $400m commercial property and business portfolio.

    The responsibility for the commercial property side of the business, overcoming battles with councils, and changing perceptions has not only honed his desire to succeed but been a key to success.   Michael also takes day to day responsibility for Urban Hub Serviced Offices, Capital Market Food Court, Exodus and the vast entertainment portfolio.  Like John, Michael is driven to achieve $1 billion in assets by 2020.

  • Peter An
    Peter An Financial Manager

    Peter is a Chartered Accountant of CA ANZ with Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in both accounting and finance from Auckland and Otago Universities and has over 14 years’ of corporate accounting and reporting experience working for large multinational corporates.

    Peter supports the leadership of the group’s finance team while working together with the CFO, providing astute and reliable financial information to both internal and external interest parties to the Stonewood Group.

    Peter also provides management reports to executive management to determine project and company profitability, budget, forecast, and special reports required by NZX listed company policies and procedures for the Stonewood Group.

  • Steven Zhu
    Steven Zhu Executive Director - Stonewood Homes

    Steven has 15 years’ experience in commercial development projects, operations management, property and facilities management.

    Steven, now based out of Auckland, oversees the start-up of various new business and hotel projects, such as Capital Market and Park Ave Residence, also dealing with ongoing work involving residential tenants and commercial leasing. He has been also appointed as the Executive Director of Stonewood Homes and has been instrumental in growing the business manifold. Steven aims to make Stonewood Homes the largest builder in New Zealand with over 20 franchisees nationwide.

  • Vicki Chow
    Vicki Chow Director

    Vicki studied a BCA at Victoria University and gained experience in roles within New Zealand and Hong Kong.

    She has played an integral role at Stonewood Group where she has been responsible for business innovation, marketing and events for more than a decade.

    With an eye for detail balanced with a creative streak, Vicki also provides senior management advisory support to Exodus Club.

    She is now responsible for the group’s hotel portfolio and driving owner expectations with appointed hotel management companies.

    Beyond the office, Vicki is married with three kids who keep her on her toes.

     

     

     

     

  • Karl Gill
    Karl Gill Procurement Director

    Karl has almost 20 years’ experience as an officer and leader in the Royal New Zealand Navy focusing on Logistics and Operations. Having traveled to over 60 countries and experienced many different cultures, Karl is solution focussed and value driven. Karl has also worked with leading brands such as SkyCity Entertainment Group and Fletcher Building.

    In his current role as the Procurement Director for the Stonewood Group, Karl supports the Stonewood Commercial team in their various projects in sourcing local and offshore solutions. He also supports Stonewood Homes across their national supplier agreements and campaign activity, and he is also the Government Lead for Stonewood Group’s participation in the KiwiBuild and Housing NZ Redevelopment programmes, looking into innovative offsite manufactured solutions for consideration in future projects.

    Karl’s exceptional leadership skills are extended beyond work as he acts as the President of the Rodney District Sports and Community Association (RDSCA) focusing on delivering sport and community participation for youth around the Rodney District. He enjoys playing football and touch rugby and spending time with his two kids aged 4 and 5.

     

  • Graham Kock
    Graham Kock Project Director

    As Project Director, Graham has been tasked with leading, guiding and mentoring the rapidly expanding Stonewood Commercial Property Development team. Graham has an extensive track record of managing commercial projects since moving to NZ in 2014 across supermarket/retail and now the Hospitality Industries. With a large pipeline of work within the commercial space, the SWC team is hard at work with setting up innovative processes and procedures in how we set up and manage our construction and development projects.

    Graham has a working history and degree in Hospitality followed by further studies within the fields of design and project management. Prior to arriving in NZ, Graham was director/owner of a Design and Project Management consultancy working internationally from his home base in South Africa. He also has experience as a Main Contractor with involvement in predominantly turnkey, medium scale projects.

    Graham is an ardent fisher who also like diving, boating and trail riding.

     

  • Chris Polak
    Chris Polak Commercial Lawyer

    Chris is an experienced property lawyer practicing predominantly in the areas of commercial property and property development. Chris advises the business on a range of matters including but not limited to commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposal of commercial property, due diligence, land development, refinancing and construction law. Chris also assists the business with drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, redevelopment agreements, franchising agreements, distribution and supply agreements and confidentiality agreements.
    Chris has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is also a registered legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.
    In addition to his expertise in the field of commercial property law, Chris is a keen pilot and often found hiking the mountains.

  • Scott Liu
    Scott Liu Investment Director

    The great moment in life for Scott was lead the award-winning telecommunication sales team winning the Deloitte Fast 50 “Fastest Growing ISP & Telco” and “Fastest Growing Technology Business” for continuous three times over the years. Scott has over twenty years’ experience in Management resulting from a Sales Management career based within real estate, export, retail and telecommunications industry, with the last fifteen of those years spent as the Sales Manager and Sales Director of New Zealand leading aged company cross industries. Scott always enjoys the challenges which the opportunity brings onto the table. On graduating from Auckland University Scott successfully entered the world of sales management, starting in the real estate, and technology industry Scott has lead the award-winning sales team winning the Deloitte Fast 50 “Fastest Growing ISP & Telco” and “Fastest Growing Technology Business” for continuous three times over the years. Scott has managed the sales function and over the last 15 years has focused on securing key clients, recruiting and retaining sales staff, leading from the front and continually exceeding targets.

“There are no limits on what you can achieve with your life, except the limits you accept in your mind”

Brian Tracy

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