Back in 1928 my grandfather, Sir Leslie Joseph Hooker, started his first business as a real estate agent. He was 24 years old.
An orphan, he came from a poor background. But, as with many immigrants to Australia his work ethic was strong and determined in an era when the foundations for Australia’s future economic prosperity were laid.
Throughout his long career, he kept on his desk a framed quote from US President Coolidge. It read: nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
My grandfather stood by these words through the Great Depression, a world war and years of property market ups and downs. But he never lost his nerve. And he stood firm in his belief that he was building a company that could sit at the heartland of Australian society – to help people find their way home.
In 1973, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his service to commerce and the community in Australia.
Today, as a forward-thinking real estate agency with a new generation of customers, employees, franchise owners and shareholders, I know that my grandfather’s persistence, determination and success remains a foundation stone of the LJ Hooker philosophy. A philosophy that has drawn some incredibly talented people into our company. And one that continues to shape the future of real estate.
We look forward to you being part of our future story.
L. Janusz Hooker