2010 Five Star and Rising Star Woman Award Winners

Thursday 16 September 2010



Kim Faclier, Managing Director Faclier Group is this year’s winner of the Women’s Property Network (WPN) Five Star Woman Award and Genevieve Naidoo, head of Project Management at Standard Bank is the winner of WPN’s Rising Star Award 2010.


Both awards are sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, and the winners were announced at a gala dinner held at the bank’s head office in Sandton, Johannesburg last night.


The other finalists for the Five Star Woman Award were Portia Tau-Sekati, CEO of the Property Sector Charter Council and Elaine Wilson, Senior Manager, Consulting and Research at JHI.


The other finalists for the Rising Star Award were Sandisiwe Mbutuma, an Associate Director of Nonku Ntshona and Associates; and Leigh-Ann Rowan, Senior Financial Manager at JHI.


Amelia Beattie, WPN Awards committee chairperson says, “We are proud to add these two exceptional winners to the fold of the Five Star and Rising Star awards. These women passionately believe that they can make a difference. Through their magnetism and persuasion, the winners of these awards enlist others into their dreams. It is our hope that the awards, not only for the winners but also for every finalist, will breathe life into their dreams and allow people to see and believe in exciting possibilities for the future.”


Frank Berkeley, managing executive of sponsor Nedbank Corporate Property Finance says, “This is the seventh year that Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has sponsored the Five Star Woman Awards, and the second year that we’ve sponsored the Rising Star Awards.  Nedbank’s sponsorship of these awards is part of the investment we’re making in the property industry and demonstrates the bank’s commitment to empowering women in business.  We congratulate the deserving winners of each award and applaud not only the finalists but each and every powerful woman in the property industry.”


Kim Faclier holds a Diploma in Oral Hygiene from the University of Stellenbosch. Since 1991 she has been involved in the property industry and her current role involves the sourcing of commercial, industrial and institution-owned properties suitable for sale via public auction.  


During her time in the industry, Kim has earned a reputation as one of South Africa's top sales specialists having identified, negotiated and concluded major transactions.  She is registered with many professional and networking bodies such as the EAAB, SAPOA, WPN and the National Auctioneers Association of USA.


Although always networking extensively, Kim manages to find time for community charities such as Monkeybiz SA, Habitat for Humanity and various other charities for Israeli united appeal.  


Genevieve Naidoo is the head of Project Management at Standard Bank Property Finance and holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and a BComm Risk Management.  She is a registered member of SACQSP and RICS (UK) and a professional member of ASAQS.  


Her experience in the industry has spanned seven years and she has worked for Hamlyn Gebhardt, Nedbank Corporate Property Finance and now Standard Bank.  Her current responsibilities include managing the team who are responsible for a range of development projects for Standard Bank in South Africa and throughout Africa.  


Genevieve is highly committed to social responsibility and is involved in various initiatives, including a mentoring committee whereby assistance was given to young individuals for career and skill set guidance, the development of Project Gen Y at Nedbank and the sponsorship of an award in her personal capacity to the student that excels both academically and culturally at the Glenview Primary School in Chatsworth, Durban.  


The judges of this year’s awards were Marna van der Walt, JHI CEO; Ben Kodisang, MD of OMIGPI; TC Chetty, MD of TC Chetty & Associates; Kevin Roman, Group CEO of Hermans and Roman; Samuel Ogbu, CEO of Liberty Properties; Nomzamo Radebe, FD of Pareto Limited and last year’s Five Star Woman Award winner; and Amelia Beattie, COO of OMIGPI.