Highly regarded industry figure Simon Whale, who quit his role as head of sales at Reapit on Friday, took to the pages of Estate Agent Today over the weekend to thank all those who expressed their sadness that he was leaving.
He also took the opportunity to remind them that he was staying in the industry in a much looser role - as an ambassador for Reapit - and in a freelance capacity helping with PropTech projects and start-ups.
His message was characteristically witty and charming. It reads:
First of all I want to say thank you to everyone (almost) who’ve said such lovely things.
I have more failings than the average politician but to say I’ve been blown away by all the messages of support on here and by message and phone has given me the old ‘permission for bottom lip to wobble’ moment. Hopefully what it does show over the years is that you get what you see with me and for right or wrong and quite mysteriously many seem to like it.
Secondly I’d like to thank Reapit for the best years of my life (so far).
People trying to read stuff into this and are looking for criticism of them are completely wide of the mark, it’s a first class company with great people and amazing product and you’re going to see them prosper. I’ll have to check the T’s and C’s of that Ambassadorial role, I think it means I get to wear Reapit leggings, but I do know as the release says we’ll work together in the future.
Lastly I’d like to thank well everyone really, any industry that is charitable enough to give a maverick like me a chance is pretty special. And because it’s been so good to me over the years I’m going to try and give something back and take the opportunity of spending more time on the Do It For Dom charity under the Agents Giving banner raising money for our client - oops, sorry got to get used to that - my ex client but still very good friend Dom Subbiani and his fight against Huntington’s.
If you haven’t had a chance to get involved please pick a rider for Snowdon and give whatever you can.
So unfortunately for some, I’m still going to be around day to day on my normal number or firstname.lastname@example.org or of course anywhere on social media, just hashtag Brexit or Trump and my SLA is 0.3 seconds to respond.
So long and thanks for all the fish...
Amongst the messages of support and admiration posted on EAT on Friday was one from industry guru Richard Rawlings who wrote: “The best - the most sociable, knowledgeable and gregarious bloke you could meet. Good luck Whaley! You won't be missed because you won't be out of the game!”
Whale’s departure was just one of a raft of changes at Reapit. You can read about them all, and the rest of the industry’s moves in the past week, in the latest edition of Property Jobs Today, here.