0-52 years: Lessons Learned & Secrets Revealed
Stephen Raff is an Australian success story. Stephen is the CEO and founder of Ace Body Corporate Management, which is now an international body corporate management company based in Melbourne. However, his success has come with a journey of trials, tribulations, and life lessons.
Stephen was born on August 7, 1955, in Morwell. His father was an Anglican Priest, but amid this tranquil religious environment, Stephen very quickly became the black sheep trader of the family. The youngest of three boys, by 11, he was selling fish to his school teachers and his father’s parishioners. At 14, he was buying and selling antiques. At 20, he bought his first house, and at 21, his second house. He left school in Year 10 to work as a farm hand, learnt farm management in NZ, and then returned to Australia to graduate Year 12 and work in fishing gear sales. It was then that Stephen realised his career path.
Stephen worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years to become National Sales Manager and National Training Manager and obtain several certificates in the medical and business field. It was not until becoming a committee member of his body corporate that he found a new career path and soon started his own practice as a strata manager.
Today, Stephen is an Australian success story as owner of one of the largest strata management firms in Australia that is poised for international expansion as well as being an industry peer. Stephen has been involved in the education subcommittee of Owners Corporations Victoria for the past 13 years. He has written various articles on body corporate management in newspapers and magazines in Australia and internationally.
His personal qualifications are outstanding. Stephen has a certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, is a qualified Surveyor for Retirement Villages, a Mediator and he holds a master’s degree in management among a number of other qualifications including Certified Practicing Strata Manager. He is the author of The Body corporate Handbook. A Guide to Buying, Owning, and Living in a Body Corporate or Owners Corporation in Australia, he co-authored the bestselling book, Top Franchise CEOs’ Secrets Revealed, and has also authored a book called, 0 – 52 Secrets Revealed and Lessons Learnt.
If you visit pages in this website for the ACE GROUP, you will be impressed by the details of Stephen's accomplishments and concise life story. You may read more about him in articles in the media, from search engine searches, or even discuss him with industry leaders or strata management peers.
Becoming the CEO of one of Australia's largest service providers in the complex field of strata title management is not an easy accomplishment. Stephen has excelled in various roles and in many areas such as his published books.
"One piece of advice I pass on to everyone was passed down to me from my father. The succinct version is when you are faced with the easy road or the hard road; take the hard road. I have used that advice time and time again to repeat being successful in a task and I hold that as a key to my success."
Read more about Stephen's life and the lessons he has learnt. It might reveal more about the man and will definitely reveal more about his secrets to success.