PIPA Member Profile | Lachlan Vidler

May 2023Karen Millers

Lachlan Vidler is a former naval officer who was elected to the PIPA board – the youngest director in the association’s history.


| CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Atlas Property Group is an investment focused buyer’s agency that takes on a national purchasing approach. We love helping clients of all backgrounds and stages of their journey, and we particularly enjoy helping people build out significant long-term portfolios, that is in line with their values and objectives.

Property investment is not a one size fits all business, so there needs to be a high level of understanding about your client before an investment vehicle is considered.


| HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PROPERTY INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL AND WHAT WAS YOUR PATHWAY INTO THE PROFESSION (INCL. OTHER CAREERS)?
I’ve been working as a property investment professional for about two years now. I started my working life as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, working in both the Warfare and Logistics streams.

After this, I moved into management consulting, where I was fortunate to work for a couple of global consulting firms in their Strategy and Operations teams.


| HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT PIPA?
When I was looking to start my own company that focused on property investment, I made sure to do my research so that I understood how best to position myself to give the best service to my clients. This led me to PIPA and seeing the phenomenal work they do in improving and professionalising the industry.


| WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY YOU JOINED PIPA?
Joining PIPA was just a common sense move for me. I loved seeing a professional body that was actually driving real change and trust in the real estate sector.

I also like the fact that they drive public awareness and education campaigns, but they also provide education to professionals so that they can become better at what they do.


| YOU WERE APPOINTED TO THE PIPA BOARD AND ARE THE YOUNGEST DIRECTOR IN THE ASSOCIATION’S HISTORY. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY YOU WANTED TO NOMINATE FOR THE BOARD?
I’ve always been a big believer in the idea that if you aren’t helping, you’re probably hindering. For me, this meant that if I wanted to see the property investment industry continue to improve and grow, I would need to tangibly contribute to that.

I also wanted to bring the voice of younger industry professionals to ensure that PIPA is best placed to provide long-term, strategic guidance to the Industry, consumers, and government.


| WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY NEW ENTRANTS TO THE INDUSTRY, SHOULD BECOME MEMBERS OF PIPA?
To me, PIPA is the ultimate demonstration of an ethical professional. By joining PIPA, you are showing consumers and other professionals that you want to be held to a higher standard and that you want the property investment industry to be considered amongst other professional industries.


| WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS AND BEYOND?
For us, it’s all about growth. We have had such an incredible time over the last two years, and we are excited to continue that this year.

We published a book at the end of 2021, and this gave us an incredible opportunity to reach more Australians than we ever have. We are looking to take this momentum to continue helping everyday Australians grow their property portfolios and move towards their version of financial freedom.

Originally Published: PIPA Adviser Issue #26

https://www.pipa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/pipa-adviser_issue-26.pdf

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