About Us

John Griffin Realty ltd was established 25 years ago as a specialist motel broker. What makes us different is our belief that it is all about the people and not just about the sale. We don’t just sell any motel to any person but match up your needs and goals with a complex which will help you achieve your dream. Having hands on experience in the industry, including owning and operating a motel, we can give relevant advice and provide answers to all of your questions. This will empower you with the knowledge to make an informed decision when buying or selling a motel, and make the right choice for you personally. Let us help you sift through the information and find out what is important when buying or selling a motel in New Zealand.

Our husband and wife team consists of Richard and Kathie Shepard. Prior to motelling Richard served over 21 years in the Royal New Zealand Airforce during which time he qualified as a Chef becoming the RNZAF head instructor for London City and Guilds and finishing his career as a training developer at Air Command. Kathie held various positions involving electronics, sales and education but in later years was focused on bringing up the family of three. In 1996 Richard and Kathie purchased Aaron Court Motor Inn which was a 40 unit accommodation complex with restaurant and bar. After 10 years of hands on operating the motel Kathie joined the John Griffin Realty team, and Richard became the manager of the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club. At the beginning of 2016 John Griffin retired and Kathie and Richard took over the company.

We believe past experience enables us to provide professional and informed advice on the motel industry in both the day to day running of a motel and the other wider ranging issues which will relate to you when you buy or sell a motel.

 

Ethics of John Griffin Realty

The accommodation industry is constantly changing and evolving. It is important for the people you are dealing with to not only understand this, but learn and change with the times. John Griffin Realty Ltd keeps up with the industry changes but also believes some things shouldn’t change and so we will always be the following.

Lifetime Guarantee: To be there with advice and assistance for the whole of your moteling life.

People: Our belief is that people do business with people. As such, relationships are very important. We strive to nurture these relationships and have many clients turned friend due to the way we treat people.

Team: We are a small but close knit team. There will be no pressure or stress on you as to who you deal with in the company. Talk to any of us at any time.

Knowledge: One of our big assets is our knowledge of the industry, and the skills we have developed through experience. Not only are we more than happy to share these with you, as a commitment to providing the best customer service to our clients, we are continually upskilling and undertaking professional development to ensure you have the most accurate information at hand.

Professionalism: Although we focus on people we also have strict professional standards. We are a member of REINZ and adhere to their policies and guidelines as well as always presenting ourselves in a professional and appropriate manner.

Confidentiality: There is certain information which is essential to be given to a qualified buyer but we assure you anything not necessary will be kept strictly confidential.

 


photo_kathie-profileKathie : Motel Broker

Hospitality and business have has always been part of my life. When I was still at primary school I had my first introduction to business with my parents owning a takeaway/ restaurant and as you did in those days I spent many an hour working in it, learning the effort required to make a scoop of chips which sold for 5 cents, and ethics of business.

My employment has ranged from electronics, waitressing, sales and education to our motel business and finally my current vocation as a Motel Business Broker.

Our Motel was Aaron Court Motor Inn, a 40 unit complex with restaurant and bar. We purchased this in 1996 and having been on many committees with schools, sports group, etc it didn’t take long before I was serving on the local Waikato Motel Association committee. This led to involvement in other areas such as the Tourism Waikato Advisory Board, the University of Waikato Hospitality Advisory Board and also as a National Board member for the Motel Association of New Zealand.

After 10 years of operating the complex, we sold the motel in 2006 and I joined the John Griffin Realty team as a motel broker. I completed my National Diploma in Real Estate in 2009 and at that time became an associate of REINZ and an accredited business broker.

I believe in continuing education and attend conferences, training courses, and various professional development opportunities to keep me up to date with the industry. This allows me to gain skills which will add value for you the client in the process of buying or selling a motel in New Zealand.

I like to be able to give back for some of the things life has given to me and so I contribute in some way to a deserving cause. I am currently involved with Hamilton Group Riding for the Disabled, where I have been a volunteer for about 7 years. I hold the position of Vice President, help within the programme and also manage the accounting and finances for the group.

Outside of work we are busy on our 5-acre lifestyle block. I enjoy time with my family, traveling and I have a small horse and compete in Carriage Driving competitions and A & P shows.

 

richard 2Richard: Administration Manager

Growing up in Queenstown I was very aware of the value of tourists, hospitality and customer service. I left school and joined the RNZAF training as a chef under London City and Guilds standards.

Initially working as a chef I then progressed to the mess manager where I had the responsibility to ensure the efficient operation of various sized kitchens the larger size being a 400 man dinning mess. I was also involved in planning and executing functions including formal dinners for up to 200 people. At various stages I was also employed as a secondary job in commercial restaurants giving me experience in the professional customer service sector.

During my later years in the RNZAF I was the Senior Chef Instructor at No3 Technical Training School at Base Wigram until my last RNZAF position of Warrant Officer based in Air Command where I was involved in training and course design for non technical trades. Upon leaving the RNZAF after 21 years we purchasing the Aaron Court Motor Inn. This was a 40 unit accommodation complex with restaurant and bar. We operated the complex for 10 years during which time I learned many aspects of motel life. I was also involved in the wider industry attending MANZ conferences and being involved on Waikato Motel Association subcommittees including the Rates Committee.

After selling the motel business I was the Secretary Manager for the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club for 7 years. This involved all aspects of managing a club with bar, gaming and restaurant facilities and a membership base of up to 3000 people.

All of my positions have involved customer service, administration duties and hospitality which has given me a good foundation of skills and knowledge to help people looking at entering the motel industry.

In my spare time I am kept busy around our five acre lifestyle block. I compete in Dog Agility, enjoy cycling and travel.