Chief Executive Officer | REIQ
With the knowledge you expect from a lawyer and the sense of humour you wish your lawyer had, Antonia Mercorella knows a thing or two about real estate. For the last 18 years, she’s headed up legal counsel for the industry’s peak bodies in South Australia and later in Queensland, where she’s also served as Chief Executive Officer for the last eight years. As the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s (REIQ) first female CEO, and its youngest, Antonia has transformed the 105-year-old Institute into one of most progressive and high-profile industry associations in Australia. With over a 20-year legal and executive management career, Antonia has led and shaped some of the most significant real estate legislative reforms across multiple jurisdictions while her ability to lead and develop advocacy programs has drawn national and international attention. In fact, Antonia’s negotiation and stakeholder management skills are legendary and her counsel is often sought to build effective advocacy programs and improve government-related negotiations.