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Bernie Kilkelly joins JLL's Plant and Machinery Valuations team

Bernie Kilkelly is a familiar face in the woodworking and aluminium joinery industries



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JLL's Plant and Machinery Valuations department has recently welcomed Bernie Kilkelly to its Wellington team.

Bernie brings a wealth of experience to JLL, after 37 years with leading woodworking machinery supplier W & R Jack Ltd.

"Prior to starting work at W & R Jack I had always been employed in sales but what appealed to me about working for Jacks was the specialisation it offered and I became highly interested in the manufacturing methods and the machines that were required in the woodworking industry.

"I started at Jacks in my mid-20s as a showrooms salesman and then as a sales rep before transferring to Napier as a branch manager in the mid-1980s. I transferred to Auckland for a couple of years before returning to Wellington to take up a senior management job in the company.

"Since the late 90s I have been in a sales role based in Wellington and up until retirement I was also the manager of Jack's second-hand machinery department.

"My movement around the country has meant I have supplied machinery to businesses around most parts of New Zealand so have become well-known within the industry and familiar with many factories and their history.

"Up until a few years ago W & R Jack had a full-time plant and machinery valuer on their staff and it was always a position I imagined myself in at some stage. To this purpose I studied to be a valuer but kept it on hold until my retirement last year.

"Now that I'm a valuer with JLL, I can offer a valuation that clients can rely on, based on my practical experience and using JLL's methodology backed by their professional international brand.

"I am positive that many businesses don't realise the value of a professional qualified plant and machinery valuation. I believe it is essential to have one when making decisions regarding reinvestment planning and succession, plus of course for insurance purposes.

"In my short time with JLL I have learned that a professional valuation is as important a document as any other part of a business but needs to be from people who are qualified to provide it.

"I can cite a number of instances in my experience where insurance claims are in bitter dispute where a professional valuation if available would have been indisputable.​

"Ask yourself whether you know the true value of your company assets - including all the machinery?"

The expertise of JLL's valuations team in New Zealand is backed by its network of valuers worldwide.

The New Zealand valuations team have been busy working with clients both here and overseas. JLL's specialty plant and machinery valuers undertake work all over the world for some of Australasia's largest companies. This includes travelling to Asia, South America and Australia.

Recent projects have included working alongside JLL Brazil's property valuation team valuing food production facilities, Australian regional infrastructure, military assets, Port Authority and building product manufacturers and Sri Lankan and Malaysian food production.

JLL has valuers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and acts for many small locally owned businesses up to the largest corporates, Government departments and educational facilities.

JLL is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialised real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000.

On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015.

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 33,000 employees operating in 92 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won 15 awards at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific in 2016 and was named number one real estate advisor in Asia at the 2015 Euromoney Real Estate Awards. 

This story appeared in Joiners magazine, September 2016