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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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 loves meeting new people and his natural ability in making genuine connections and building lasting relationships is what sets him apart.
Easy to work with, reliable, trustworthy and dependable. His determination and diligence will get the job done.
Ben’s career commitment to the sales industry has seen him gain an incredible amount of skills in the fields of negotiation and communication. A straight forward communication style that keeps all parties clearly up to date throughout the sales campaign ensures vendors and buyers alike enjoy absolute confidence in Ben and in his ability to achieve fantastic results for them. Professionalism that’s defined by honesty, integrity and an unwavering commitment to success are just a few of the outstanding qualities for which Ben is so constantly praised.
He enjoys being part of a coherent team at EIS Property who share their time and effort to achieve unparalleled results across the board.
Away from the office, Ben enjoys skiing, playing golf, as well as cooking and travel.
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 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 has joined the sales team at EIS Property to work directly with Hank Petrusma and David Gunning, trusted local real estate agents. He has always had a keen interest in real estate, and this is his third year working within the property industry in Hobart. He has had very close involvement in real estate from a young age, shows a keen interest, and owns his own investment and development property. He enjoys gardening, reading, and home renovating.
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.