25 Questions with Justin

With more than twenty years of hands-on experience and a solid team to rely on in the Barrett Group, Justin confidently lives by the motto ‘everything will be ok’.

Justin takes a relationship-based approach to every project, where the aim is to create a lasting positive experience for clients rather than a simple sales transaction. Maintaining those values is easy when you have a team that treats each other like family. Job titles don’t get in the way of the work that needs to be done when leadership sets the example on a day-to-day basis. No matter what needs to get done, Justin prioritizes supporting his team in a practical way. 

Markian, the new beautiful offering in the Barrett group quiver, benefits from this exceptional leadership and experience. Justin brings this relational approach and people-first emphasis on the Markian essence.

We quizzed Justin for this instalment of our Markian 25 Questions series.

  1. What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

I've got a stamp collection at home. It's my Grandpa's. I've been adding to it of late for my boys.

  1. Dream country to visit?

Definitely Japan.

  1. What are three things you can’t live without?

Coffee, fresh bread, and mushrooms. I love mushrooms.

  1. What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

I'm going to rock the boat and say 4 people - both sets of grandparents. It'd be nice to have dinner again.

  1. What’s your current TV obsession?

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw on SBS. It's kind of a talk show, and they cook, and it's a bit of fun. Adam is very passionate.

  1. Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

I haven't parachuted. Maybe the most crazy is ride a rollercoaster. Not super adventurous!

  1. How would you define yourself in three words?

Calm, quiet, and cautious.

  1. Superpower you would want?

I want to be able to multitask better.

  1. Best piece of advice you’ve received?

I've got two actually. Dad always told us never to say no at work. Never turn down a job, never let anyone down. As a family, we always just tell the kids to be kind. 

  1. Best advice you'd give your teenage self?

Try harder. I was in cruise control in high school. I didn't get into trouble but I didn't try very hard. In hindsight, I wish I had.

  1. A book that everyone should read?

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. It's not much to read but the pictures and the words are really great. It's a really good story.

  1. What would you like to be remembered for?

I was thinking about the family and I think that Kerrie and I both want to raise two good boys, and that they just do well in life. That's all we could wish for. 

  1. What’s your favourite colour, what's your least favourite colour?

Blue is definitely my favourite colour. I don't really have a least favourite colour, maybe brown.

  1. What's your coffee shop order?

It's just a standard flat white, standard milk and no sugar.

  1. You are stuck on an island, you can pick one food to eat forever without getting tired of it, what would you eat?

Maybe Dragonfruit... if you gave me a fruit platter, I'd be happy as larry. It's either that or seafood but I think I'd choose the fruit first.

  1. Best and worst thing to happy to you today?

The best thing was the morning coffee at Peach Cafe in Auchenflower. Worst thing, I've just spent the morning doing stocktake here. It hasn't been a very exciting day!

  1. Favourite smell?

The smell of country air. Just go for a drive for about an hour outside of Brisbane, it's a different smell. 

  1. If you made a documentary, what would it be about?

It'd be pretty dull! I think it'd just be about an ordinary family at Auchenflower. It'd be about Mum, Dad, and two boys. That's about it.

  1. Favourite living designer?

Joseph Saba, the fashion designer. He's been around a long time, and I really like his stores and the clothes.

  1. An artist you can listen to on repeat?

If it's been a rough day, anything by George Ezra is good.

  1. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?

James Tobin, the channel 7 weatherman! He's in a different spot every morning, so he's got a good life. He's got the cruisiest job ever. It's interesting how he drags people in from wherever he is, and talks to them. It'd be fun!

  1. What are you most excited about at this time in your life?

The kids growing up is a little bit easier because they're older. Watching them go through school, and really working out what they're gonna do when they grow up. They're both teenagers now, so the challenges of a young family have passed and it's pretty good now.

  1. Your go to for having a good laugh?

Breakfast with the family when we all catch up. There's 12 or 13 of us, and generally it's a hoot. There's always multiple conversations and people talking over one another. It's a whole lot of silliness.  

  1. What's inspiring you in life right now?

Post Covid – the Australian Made and Buy Local sentiment, the driver for Markian.

  1. Your affirmation for today?

Well, I got a text first thing this morning from our accountant that said "Happy New Financial Year!" It's amazing how many people have said it to me as well. It's exciting, it's a new financial year, and 2022 is going to be a good one!