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11 questions answered by Manager of Retail Tenancies and Interiors Victoria, Kevin De Almeida.
Our Manager of Retail Tenancies and Interiors in Victoria, Kevin De Almeida recently received the National Award of Excellence at the Frasers Property 2017 Retail Conference, thanks to the great work he did on the Palace Cinemas account at Central Park, in addition to his consistent can-do attitude. We sent him 11 questions to get some more insight into who he is.
1. How did you end up in the Property industry?
I grew up wanting to be an Architect which lead me to studying Architecture and Construction Management at University. As part of my degree I interviewed the Director of a Project Management firm.
2. What was the last music concert you went to, and why?
The last concert I attended was one I sang in as part of Habeas Chorus (choir), ‘Songs of Art’ music from the 18th and 19th Century.
3. Tell us about your role.
I’m the Manager, Tenancies and Interiors.
4. How do you think your role adds value to the end customer?
With my role, I have the ability to influence Tenants and their designers as part of their journey and ensure they create something for people to connect within memorable places in our Shopping Centres! (Retail Belief).
5. Who is a role model of yours?
Nelson Mandela is someone I always think about in my actions. Growing up in South Africa he was such an incredible role model for that country in the 90s.
6. Who do you go home to at the end of the day?
At the end of the day, I come home a Victorian cottage in Melbourne’s Abbotsford to my partner Adam.
7. Which FPA project would you most like to live at and why?
I’d love to live within Central Park in Chippendale. It would be an absolute dream to live in one of the apartments with a spectacular view of Sydney above Central Park Mall in the iconic green wall clad building designed by Architect Jean Nouvelle.
8. Do you think that property developers have a responsibility to be sustainable?
Property developers definitely need to be sustainable; we have finite resources and a duty of care. I’m proud to be a part of such a progressing company which is leading the charge in sustainability especially when you consider our mandate to create ‘the Most Sustainable Shopping Centre in the World’ with the Burwood Brickworks.
9. What is your favourite thing about your job?
My favourite thing about my job is that I get to work across the whole retail portfolio and add value from the design phase and see our Retailers at the Opening having worked with them to for some, Open their first Shop!
10. What is something that most of your colleagues don’t know about you?
I’m actually a huge Francophile and despite being rusty and fluent in French.
11. Why do you think the future of retail looks like?
The future of retail for me is experiential retail. Everything from design, staff and customer experience will be a highly curated journey from the moment someone walks into a casual restaurant, optometrist or day spa.