Member in focus: Jack Stoker, Hunter Strata Management

Jack Stoker, from Hunter Strata Management in Maitland is willing, and in fact did, catch four trains to get to and from the last Young Strata Network meeting in Sydney.

At 18, Jack is possibly one of the youngest strata manager members of SCA (NSW). After talking to him we are convinced that the future of the NSW strata industry is looking very bright indeed.

Jack started his strata career in February this year, just when he turned 18, after completing his certificate of registration. Prior to that he had been working as an administration assistant at Hunter Strata Management while completing his Certificate IV in Property Services at Hunter TAFE.

Now he manages over 50 strata schemes located in Singleton, Newcastle and Morrissett along with areas in between.

“Everyday is different and I like communicating with my wide range of clients. I feel a responsibility in that I’m looking after peoples’ homes and investments,” says Jack.

“I have one particular small scheme close to where I live in Kurri that I really like. There are six lots, all owner occupied.

“They get together over the festive period and the strata committee meets quarterly. It’s a great scheme to work with and see how people can actually live near each other and get along.”

So back to the train trip. Jack saw the advertisement for the last Young Strata Network meeting in Sydney and so drove to Wyong and jumped on a train to Central and then one into the city.

“I did the trip because I wanted the opportunity to connect with likeminded people who share a passion for strata and that’s exactly what happened. I spoke to a number of people including President Chris Duggan and Young Strata Network Chair Andrew Terrell.”

Jack likes opportunities to connect with people and counts Brian Edwards and Aaron Abela who he works with as being two people he looks up to.

“Like me they value hard work and good communication and liking what you do.”

While one day Jack would like possibly break into the Sydney market and to run his own business, he is currently happy studying for his Certificate IV in Strata Community Management out of Melbourne’s RMIT University.

Look out for him at the next event. He’s a young man going places.