As well as spearheading Byron Shire’s leading real estate agency, Chris Hanley founded one of the world’s leading literary events, is a highly sought-after conference speaker and works alongside the region’s most passionate volunteers to deliver year round writing and reading programs for aspiring authors in the Northern Rivers.
A lover of words, the arts and nature, he couldn’t think of any better place to live, work and play than Byron Bay.
After nearly 30 years in the shire, 20 of them with First National Byron Bay, Chris is the ‘go-to’ man for all matters real estate. He can tell you when something sold, what price it fetched, who bought it and what it’s likely to make in today’s market (without turning on his ipad).
As Principal of First National Byron Bay, Chris prides himself on running an ethical, sustainable business that employs, trains and retains the best local staff. His achievements are built on a foundation of honesty, transparency and a results-driven strategy.
Since 2005, Chris has been engaged by some of Australia’s top companies in developing positive organisational cultures. It’s no wonder his own company has the best sales record in the region, has been consistently awarded top First National office across NSW, boasts an exceptionally high staff retention rate and sets best practice standards in employee satisfaction.
Chris was recently honored with an Order Of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to literature, and to Indigenous education as well as Byron Shire’s Citizen Of The Year. Both awards are in recognition of the exceptional work Chris has done for the local community through his work with the writers festival as well as with numerous organisations and initiatives including the Byron Bay Masterplan Group.