David Gunning
Managing Director P. 0362324999 M. 0438447996

Professional Background

David successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 2000. Following his graduation, David worked in the specialised field of human resource management for one of Australia’s iconic and highly successful retailers, Woolworths.

It is from this that his zest and natural talent for real estate developed. David relocated to Melbourne and worked for Noel Jones Real Estate, promptly establishing himself as a high achieving, top performing agent within that business. David returned to Tasmania in 2005 where he continued to perfect his abilities as a high performing agent.

Driven by his desire to continue to enhance his success, In 2013 David purchased EIS Property Management with his business partner, friend and mentor, Hank Petrusma. With his dynamic, savvy and versatile business acumen, David established EIS Property Sales, which true to form is destined to succeed as a sales performing magnate in the industry.

Approach to Real Estate

David values professionalism, respect and energy as fundamental to his work ethic. This translates into positive results, realistic expectations, honesty and above all an enjoyment of his work. David has reaped the benefits of his success with strong client feedback, loyalty from colleagues, clients and admiration of competitors. David believes that transparency is the key in real estate and clients can and do take significant comfort in his no-nonsense approach.


David’s wife, Trish, also works in the business. His brother works in property management in Melbourne, and keeping it in the family, his mother is also keenly involved in the property market. David and Trish have two very active and happy children, Oscar and George. These relationships ground David, giving him valuable feedback, guidance and motivation to continue to excel in real estate.

Hobbies & Interests

David is a passionate Collingwood supporter, but promises this will not cloud his judgment in property. He enjoys bike riding, playing soccer and going to the gym and general fitness enhancement.

Hank Petrusma
Director P. 0362324999 M. 0418477416

In Tasmania, the name Hank is synonymous with Real Estate. The two are inseparable and for a very good reason. His 45 years of real estate experience has generated him a remarkable reputation as one of the States leaders. Hank has a passionate, vibrant personality and a dynamically driven, focused approach towards his profession, ensuring that he has always been at the forefront of progressive best industry practice and successful business. Always willing to go the extra mile and assist clients to resolve their housing needs, Hank works with energy and enthusiasm, ready, willing and able, always mindful of striving for the ultimate outcome for his customers. Hank is the founding director of Hank Petrusma Real Estate, a past president of the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania and a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Australia. Hank was also previously a Shareholder/Director of the highly successful Petrusma Property business. Over the past few years he has trained and motivated many people throughout Australia, New Zealand and USA. Within Tasmania, Hank has always had an active life with many involvements at community level involving charitable, church, sporting and other organisations.

Nyal Merdivenci
Director P. 0362324999 M. 0408971459

For the past 35 years, Nyal has lived in the Huon Valley where he has enjoyed operating a successful family business in the Geeveston area.

He is an enthusiastic member of the Community, being involved in many sporting organisations and is currently a member of the Huon Valley Badminton Association and is also a committee and social member of the Cygnet Tennis Club.

Nyal’s genuine dynamic personality has naturally enabled him to form many strong relationships within the valley, including being involved in many fundraising initiatives. He has been a volunteer director, for a period of six years plus, with Huon Valley Financial Services, who operate four community banks within the Huon Valley region.

He prides himself on securing outstanding results and has a proven track record, when it comes to negotiating superb prices, for his valued clients, and is willing to accomplish any task that is assigned to him.

Nyal’s achievements over the last six years includes selling over 200 properties. His determination, honest approach, hard work ethic and enthusiasm are all attributes in which his clients look for.

Because of Nyal’s accomplishments, thus far, and for being one of the top performing sales consultants, Hank Petrusma and David Gunning invited Nyal to buy into the sales business and become a Director, of EIS Property, which he is relishing in.

Nyal currently lives in the Lower Longley area, on a 25 acre property, with his lovely partner Michelle and their adorable daughter Lucy.

Please, do not hesitate to contact Nyal, as he would love the opportunity to represent you for all your real estate needs!

Olivia Atkinson
Director P. 0362324999

Olivia was always destined to work in a property related profession having been immersed in the field from birth. With her parents as property developers and owning their own properties and her mother with a successful career in the industry, Olivia has lived and breathed all aspects of the business and this is obvious in her own professional practice. Qualified as an Assistant Property Manager, Olivia has strong communication, negotiation and rapport building skills that ensure her daily dealings with owners and tenants alike achieve the desired outcomes for all. Having recently become a home owner herself, Olivia has developed a renewed respect for all aspects of the responsibilities surrounding property.

Penny Flanagan
Director P. 03 6232 4999 M. 0408505470

Highly respected by both sellers and buyers alike, Penny is an all-round powerhouse who will give you her all throughout your property journey. She holds boundless energy, exceptional communication skills and is a strong believer in self-motivation which allows her to exceed her clients expectations.With a reputation for being driven, positive and highly professional, Penny has a proven track record in real estate sales across Hobart and surrounds.

With over 10 years’ experience in real estate, Penny is known for her warm and effervescent personality, and proven market strategies that have led to remarkable results for her clients she really gives every client that 110 percent “Penny approach”
that is why Hank Petrusma and David Gunning invited her to buy into the sales business and become a Director, of EIS Property, which she was thrilled to accept.

A Tassie girl born and bred and raising her three boys here
Penny is passionate about our local state and has a strong knowledge of the Southern Tas property market.

Penny works diligently to achieve exceptional results for all her clients, and she has received recognition for her commitment and hard work, being awarded Agent of the Year for South Hobart 2018 (performance based), as well as previously receiving the Hobart Exceptional Service Award.

Adrian Gray
Senior Property Consultant P. 0362324999 M. 0418126475

Over a 25 year span listing and selling real estate I have sold approximately $200M in house, units and land sales in areas that include the West and North East coast. I have sold property in most areas of Southern Tasmania and it makes no difference to me whether the listing is a $50K property or a $1M+ property I will always leave no stone unturned to ensure I have achieved the best possible price for my clients. I am married to Suzzette and have 2 beautiful daughters, Jacqui and Natalie and 2 gorgeous step daughters, Kasey and Jezrelle. With grandchildren Savannah, Spencer and Harvey life is very busy but makes each day interesting and rewarding.

Deb Stephens
Senior Property Consultant P. 0362324999 M. 0409125132

“Passionate about real estate” is often stated, but for Deb, that is not just what she is! She is passionate about working hard, honestly and with the utmost professionalism to not just meet, but to exceed your expectations. Detailed market research, advising how to prepare your property to get the best price and to attract the most buyers, attention to detail in creating the marketing, and then the exciting “taking it to the open market” stage…this is where Deb excels in negotiating with buyers, achieving the best possible outcome in the market you are in. Deb also loves that no two days are alike and enjoys the variety of people she has the privilege to work with, many who become her friends and greatest source of referrals, and the variety of homes she has the honour of presenting to the buying market.

Deb’s experiences in life began on a farm in country Victoria, moving to Tasmania in the 1980’s to reside in Kingborough. She still remembers selling the family home in her early 20’s and wondering then, why the real estate agent didn’t provide feedback on inspections or leave a card or note at the house to show the agent had actually been through the home.

Working as a veterinary nurse prior to attending the University of Tasmania to complete a Bachelor of Education, Deb then went on to teach at both Primary and Secondary Schools in the South for 5 years before changing her career to real estate in 1998. Since then, Deb has never waivered from this career, going on to further her qualifications to complete a Diploma in Real Estate, established and ran her own office for 5 years. Deb is a qualified trainer at the REIT and is enjoying being a part of the team at EIS.

A proud mother of twins, Deb lives on acreage and enjoys spending time with her horse, dog and of course her children…when she is not hard at work!

Ben Gray
Property Consultant P. 62324999 M. 0456531564

Ben’s unparalleled success in multi-residential sales has firmly established him as one of Hobart’s leading agents.
With a work ethic that is second to none, Ben’s communication style is refreshingly straightforward, and this ensures complete transparency and clarity for vendors and buyers throughout the sale process.
Ben’s diligence in ensuring that he is across all aspects of any property he is representing, be it a large multi-residential development or a much-loved family home, instils absolute confidence in all who engage Ben and guarantees optimum results.
Professionalism that is defined by brute honesty, integrity and an unwavering commitment to success are just a few of the outstanding qualities for which Ben is renown.
Ben enjoys being part of the cohesive team at EIS Property, who share their time and effort to achieve exceptional results across the board.

Edward McKay
Property Consultant P. 0362324999 M. 0423741767

Edward McKay brings a diverse background of experience to EIS Property from across the world. He has worked in various industries including banking & finance, hospitality, logistics and recruitment across the UK, USA & Australia markets.

Edward first started out in the hospitality industry here in Hobart where he developed his sound customer service skills and was seen to always go above and beyond for his customers. This then led Edward to working for some of the top restaurants around Sydney & Melbourne before embarking on a career change when he moved to the UK and started working for Barclays Global Investors.

It was during this time that he was recognised for his exceptional skills ability to assess and understand clients’ needs that Barclays relocated him to their San Francisco office where he remained until returning to Australia in 2008.

Once back in Australia, Edward worked within the recruitment industry for a number of years before owning his own business in regional NSW. He then commenced his Architectural Photography business whilst also buying, renovating and selling his own properties.

Edward then relocated his wife and family back to Tasmania where he now works for EIS Property.

Joel Nielsen
Property Consultant P. 0362324999 M. 0427725581

Joel began his career driven by a personal interest and passion for the industry. Joel built the foundations of his skill base in various HR, Sales and Customer Service roles in both the public and private sectors and has also completed a number of associated diplomas along the way. These skills have facilitate strong and ongoing relationships with many clients and allowed Joel to build a reputation as a leading consultant in the Hobart property market.

Joel’s honesty, combined with his business skills and customer centric approach ensures a positive experience whether you are buying or selling. Joel is a highly driven individual and will always work in your best interest to help you achieve your real estate goals.

Harry Lambrakis
Property Consultant P. 62324999 M. 0497841706

The Directors of EIS Property invited Harry Lambrakis to join their high-performance sales team in 2020. For Harry, this was a natural progression in his career following on from previous roles within the property industry.

Born and raised on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, Harry’s success in property sales spans the greater Hobart region, assisting his clients to achieve their goals no matter where their property may be located.

Being educated, mentored, and surrounded by some of the state’s greatest and longest serving Real Estate Agents, Harry has developed a sound and well-rounded knowledge of the functions of the real estate industry in Hobart, including property development and land subdivisions.

Harry’s main focus is assisting each and every one of his clients, to provide them with the best service and experience, and to create life-long relationships. This all becomes quite evident from the outset, and even more-so when speaking with his past clients, and reading the reviews they have written.

Harry is determined to expand his skills and knowledge seeking constant improvement through professional development. Harry is on track to complete the Diploma of Property Services within the next year, securing him the title of Real Estate Agent, which only a small percentage of industry members have achieved.

When Harry isn’t working, you can find Harry spending time with his family, socialising or reading books, or giving back to the community through volunteering with organisations such as The Salvation Army.

Leonie Nyhouse
Executive Associate to Hank Petrusma P. 6232 4999 M. 0417530229

Executive Associate to Hank Petrusma

Natalie Green
Portfolio Manager P. 0362324999

Well respected by colleagues, owners, and tenants alike, Natalie’s honest, personable, and dedicated approach has seen her quickly rise to the role of Team Leader for the EIS Property Management department.
With over 4 years in the property management industry and a strong background in administration and office management roles, Nat has a clear understanding of the importance around efficient communication and effective processes.
To Nat, family means the world. And this shines through in her communication style, treating each person with the respect she would grant a family member.
Natalie and her fiancée Brodie are set to be married in December 2021. Nat & Brodie recently bought their first home together and are enjoying the benefits and challenges that come with being property owners.
Highly driven in both her professional and personal life, Nat enjoys spending time at the gym working on her health and fitness.

Bianca Crawford
Portfolio Manager P. 0362324999

Real Estate became a permanent fixture in my family. My father and uncle had successful real estate careers spanning over many years.
I was introduced to Real estate early into my career journey, and worked as a property manager before taking a break to raise my family.
More recently I’ve managed a successful privately owned boutique accommodation, and look forward to using skills learnt there in my return to traditional property management with EIS.

Shae Sawford
Portfolio Manager P. 62324999

Shae has always had a passion for property, studying Housing and Design and learning about different architectural styles, whilst exploring her love of décor through this time studying. Shae completed her Real Estate License in her own time before commencing her career in real estate as a portfolio manager with EIS. Keen to further her knowledge even more, Shae is now exploring the Diploma of Property Services.

Before commencing with EIS, Shae worked for the Airlines as both a Supervisor and an Aircraft Movement Co-Ordinator. Having experience working in challenging and extremely fast paced environments, Shae knows the importance of punctuality, attention to detail and problem solving to deliver exceptional service to others.

Having been both a tenant, and now an aspiring homeowner herself, she appreciates first-hand the importance of ongoing, timely communication and follow ups. She believes that people appreciate genuine effort and consistency and that results are earnt not through cutting corners, but through continuous hard work and commitment.

Her friendly personality, passion for customer service, building relationships and organisation skills ensure her success as a real estate professional. Bringing confidence, passion and a strong skill set to her role, Shae strives to deliver exceptional service and outstanding results for her clients, every time. The commitment and enthusiasm you’d expect from a rising young property representative.

Abbie Weeding
Assistant Portfolio Manager P. 0362324999

Recognising the incredible potential possessed by Abbie, the Directors of EIS Property invited her to join their experienced property management team in early 2021.

Eager to learn and grow, surrounded by knowledgeable industry members, Abbie is dedicated to expanding her career in property management and developing long lasting professional relationships with property owners and tenants alike.

Abbie’s attentive and down to earth nature ensures that she handles every aspect of property management with a professional and caring approach.

With a background in retail and hospitality management, Abbie understands the importance of sound communication practices, streamlined work systems and empathy in dealing with people.

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