With more than 700 offices across Australasia, LJ Hooker is one of Australia’s best-known and most-trusted real estate brands. Over the past 84 years, LJ Hooker has developed its expertise and skills to become a leader in the industry. Since the introduction of its training business, real estate professionals across the industry have looked to LJ Hooker for exceptional industry standards.

Supporting this reputation are about 4,000 sales professionals, 2,000 principals and support staff and 2,000 property managers who deliver these high standards every day under the LJ Hooker banner. These professionals sell more than 40,000 properties across Australia each year, while LJ Hooker’s large property-management team manage approximately 141,000 properties valued at more than $50 billion, generating $1.5 billion in rental income each year.

Georg Chmiel first joined LJ Hooker in 2010 as chief operating officer, before being appointed to the role of CEO in April 2012. The CEO Magazine recently sat down with Georg to discuss his advice to aspiring CEOs and the future of LJ Hooker.

"The lesson I've picked up from former CEOs and executives is to never stand still and relax, and to constantly challenge yourself. That’s pretty generic, but there is actually a lot to it. It’s not always that easy; it’s sometimes a bit painful".