I met Sandra over 20 years ago. She was a hairdresser and my husband was a photographer. We all have one mistake. Sandra was doing all the hair and stuff for the shots. We started to know each other from that. Years later I bumped into her at a Zonta Charity function at Riverside. She came up to me and said, “Are you Sarah Gray?” I went “Yes.” She said, “You’re Sandra.” We both discovered that we were in real estate. I was working for the institute and Sandra was having a very successful run at sales at the time. But she had got to a point where she was deciding on a different direction and she had studied for her training qualification. As I was running the training department I thought, “Hey, we should speak.” So I called her and we had a talk. It became very evident to me early on the discussion that Sandra’s true talent was probably in business development. She’s an incredible networker. A very very good facilitator. She empathizes with people particularly well. She doesn’t just build a business relationship, she builds relationships that transcend that. She’s very very good at it.
We put her on as a business development manager and she made a substantial difference. We’ve remained friends ever since. We’ve ended up working together again. I just know that she’s going to be successful in this new venture. It’s right up her alley.
Sandra, for all the time that I’ve known her, has always been very dedicated in her own professional development. Not just in development that relates to career, but in all facets of her life. I’ve never seen anybody more dedicated to it than her. She embraces new ideas. She’s very open minded. She’s actually got me along to a number of those things to my benefit. She’s not afraid of change. She’s somebody who is able to help others because of that. She has a very good instinct for understanding what people need. She’s able to provide advice that’s right on queue.