Ireland-born, Chris Sheehy is close to reaching his two-year anniversary with Viranda as an Asset Manager. It certainly has been a roller coaster in this short amount of time with the challenges of a global pandemic thrown into the mix! But there has been plenty to be positive about too.
Chris, how well do you think Viranda’s clients have coped with the pressures of Covid-19?
One of my favourite mentors to follow online is renowned psychologist, Jordan B Peterson. Jordan has been known to say; “Put the things you can control in order. Repair what is in disorder, and make what is already good, better.” Absolutely, this has been the case with my clients and how they have dealt with the unknowns of Covid-19.
I have been humbled by the compassion they have shown towards tenants over a difficult time. I’m also proud of the relationships I have with my tenants, and this was put to test and shined when negotiating a fair outcome for all. I feel privileged to work alongside so many Kiwis with genuine empathy and heart.
What are you currently focused on with your clients and why?
Finding their next commercial investment property (jewel in the crown). The commercial market is increasingly competitive, which means staying in close contact with my industry network to seek out opportunities even before they hit the market. There are some exciting things in the pipeline!
What are some of your favourite commercial buildings?
My mother owned a property investment business in Ireland, so I guess it’s no surprise that I have always loved character or heritage buildings. One of my local favourites is the Chief Post Office building on Queen Street.
But I also fall in love with buildings that integrate the old and the new and the Auckland Art Gallery is a great example.
When it comes to my favourite large scale industrial building, I get excited by something like 17 Ha Crescent, Wiri which is a functional, architecturally-designed building built to the highest specification.
If we look overseas, The Opus in Dubai is a design masterpiece.
Takapuna Vs Dublin, what do you enjoy most about working here?
Coming from Dublin I am used to the high street lifestyle and Takapuna does not disappoint. I can stroll out of the office and get anything I want, from quality food & drink to fashion – plus who doesn’t love a beach swim at lunch time!
Finally, when it comes to work matters, is there a mentor you turn to?
Not an individual mentor as such, but we are lucky to have an open plan office with a flat hierarchy. At any stage, I can rely on the Directors and even Viranda’s Chairman to turn to (and I do!) We are a very close team who are happy to brainstorm solutions to any issues.