Why do business with Leigh Stewart OAM
25 years of success at all levels. “There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference”. Leigh’s work ethic is based on making a difference, an ethic that was instilled in him from an early age.
Born in Wollongong in 1969, son of local businessman and community leader Dave, and Radio personality Jan. From the age of 4, Leigh worked in his father’s 4 toy shops commencing a lifelong career in sales and dealing with people’s needs. Starting his working life in financial planning at age 19 also at that age Leigh was elected to the board of directors of The Illawarra Leagues Club – The youngest Leagues Club Director in NSW history. Leigh soon moved into retail working for National retail chain Chandlers. He soon became one of the country’s most successful sales agents. In his final year of retail Leigh personally sold an amazing 1.6 million dollars of appliances, the leading salesperson in Australia for Chandlers.
Over the next 20 years, Leigh became one of the state’s leading real estate agents, auctioneers and trainers – Leigh balances his love for Real Estate with his passion for fundraising and making a difference to his community. He also has a very strong relationship with his three children Annalise, Daniel and Matthew. Something he is very proud of.
Leigh was named the Illawarra Real Estate Sales Person of the year for two consecutive years, 1998 and 1999. In 2001, Leigh was elected Chairperson of The Illawarra Real Estate Institute, a position he held for some 9 years. In 2005 Leigh was awarded the NSW Real Estate industry’s highest honour The John Greig Medal for services to the industry and community. A keen property investor at all levels, giving him a remarkable sense of all facets of the property market.
An elite real estate salesperson for 15 years from 1994 to 2009. In 2007 in a tough market Leigh personally sold over 33 million dollars of Illawarra property including 5 suburb records. Also selling an amazing 13 from 13 on site auctions. Property sales ranging from $330,000 to $3.3 million dollars. Firmly grounded no matter who the client is or where the property was, a true agent of the people.
On Australia Day 2011 at 41 years old Leigh was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the community.
Over the past 20 years, he has been involved with countless community groups and organizations, personally raising over $5m for those in need. In 1999 Leigh instigated the Bandage Bear Benefit Nights which raise money for cancer research at Westmead Children’s Hospital and his own charity Kids Fund (Illawarra Children with Severe Disabilities) which he co-founded in 2000. Proceeds from the nights have exceeded $3m over 14 years. Kids Fund alone has distributed over $1m worth of equipment to over 400 Illawarra families.
Leigh was instrumental in the development and opening of the Fairy Meadow Community Bank. He also served as Chairperson and Shareholder of the Wollongong Hawks Basketball team. In 2009 he was a major driver in forming Southern Children’s Care – and advisory group who worked towards the overall health and wellbeing of Children in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas. A lifetime highlight was in 2012 announcing the search for a community funded internationally recognised Professor of Paediatrics to work in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas. This position will directly change the children’s healthcare landscape in those regions.
In 2009 also Leigh formed an annual Cricket fundraiser “Stumping Serious Diseases” – lead by UOW Ambassador Adam Gilchrist and involving other leading cricketers and personality’s worldwide raising money for medical research. During this period he formed a partnership with The University of Wollongong and the highly respected Bradman Foundation.
In 2013, for Leigh’s long term efforts within his community he was honored by having his photo on the front cover of the Illawarra White and Yellow Pages phone book.
Leigh has created friendships with some this country’s highest profile and most respected identities such as Adam Gilchrist and Dr Charlie Teo. Recently Leigh received a career highlight by this countries most trusted individual, “Leigh I have been attending these type of events almost weekly for 15 years and you are the best ever’ Dr Charlie Teo. Leigh was MC and Auctioneer at a fundraising dinner for Dr Teo’s Cure for Life Foundation.
In 2014 Leigh has moved back into the day to day real estate and auctioneering providing over 20 years’ experience to vendors and purchasers of property in the Illawarra. Born and bred in Balgownie and Fairy Meadow, Leigh comes from one of the original Illawarra families. Stewart Street Wollongong was named after Leigh’s great grandfather. Leigh’s Father, Dave, was and is his inspiration.
Stanwell Tops Auction
2013 Yellow Pages Recognition