The Stonewood Group is a privately owned commercial property management company with over 15 years’ experience and a proven track record when it comes to buying, selling and developing commercial property.

The Stonewood Group currently manages a property portfolio valued in excess of $400m.  The types of property within the portfolio range from retail complexes to office towers and includes future development opportunities.

  • John Chow
    John Chow Founder

    John is an entrepreneur and visionary, with an eye for strategic planning. His self-admitted hunger for success and the will to win has resulted in building a successful property and business portfolio from the humble beginnings of running a Chinese takeaway.

    John’s transition from small business owner to becoming a corporate entity and rich-lister has taken effort, a clear understanding of where he wants to go and the fearlessness to predict and react to market changes before they happen.

    John formed the Chow Group with his brother Michael in 1999 which today includes interests in nonbank financing, commercial property, health and fitness, hotels and lodging, entertainment, serviced offices, home building and food and beverage. Day to day, John takes the lead on Stonewood Group.

    John’s 5-year master goal for Stonewood Group is achieving $2b asset by 2023. John’s sub‐goals are:

    2023 – 10 hotels by 2023
    2024 – Stonewood Homes to be the largest homebuilder in New Zealand
    2025 – Private fund of $1b by 2023

  • Michael Chow
    Michael Chow Founder

    Michael is the younger of the two Chow brothers, who as an entrepreneur has overcome incredible odds to achieve success.  His strength is operations management.  With a hands-on approach to the day to day, Michael has solid market insights in the sectors where the brothers operate and an enviable network of movers and shakers. Today, just like his brother John, Micheal is reaping the rewards of his hard work, moving from the family-owned Chinese fast food outlet to being the co-owner of a $400m commercial property and business portfolio.

    The responsibility for the commercial property side of the business, overcoming battles with councils, and changing perceptions has not only honed his desire to succeed but been a key to success.   Michael also takes day to day responsibility for Urban Hub Serviced Offices, Capital Market Food Court, Exodus and the vast entertainment portfolio.  Like John, Michael is driven to achieve $1 billion in assets by 2020.

  • Craig Jones
    Craig Jones Chief Financial Officer

    Craig has close to 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant including 10 years in the property sector and before that with PWC. He leads the financial reporting requirements across the group.

    Craig is responsible for financial & management reporting, budgeting, cash flow, compliance, bank financing, risk management, insurance, due diligence of potential investment opportunities and group structure.

    Away from work, Craig enjoys playing golf and particularly at the 19th hole!

  • Vicki Chow
    Vicki Chow Director

    Vicki studied a BCA at Victoria University and gained experience in roles within New Zealand and Hong Kong. She has played an integral role at Stonewood Group where she has been responsible for business innovation, marketing and events for more than a decade.

    With an eye for detail balanced with a creative streak, Vicki also provides senior management advisory support to Exodus Club. She is now responsible for the group’s hotel portfolio and driving owner expectations with appointed hotel management companies.

    Beyond the office, Vicki is married with three kids who keep her on her toes.

  • Steven Zhu
    Steven Zhu Executive Director - Stonewood Homes

    Steven has 15 years’ experience in commercial development projects, operations management, property and facilities management.

    Steven, now based out of Auckland, oversees the start-up of various new business and hotel projects, such as Capital Market and Park Ave Residence, also dealing with ongoing work involving residential tenants and commercial leasing. He has been also appointed as the Executive Director of Stonewood Homes and has been instrumental in growing the business manifold. Steven aims to make Stonewood Homes the largest builder in New Zealand with over 20 franchisees nationwide.

  • Brent Gilchrist
    Brent Gilchrist Chief Operating Officer

    Brent has put his Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University to good use in a multi-faceted business career that includes 15 years of experience as a private taxation and business consultant.

    Brent provides a business advisory role across the entire the Stonewood Group, specialising in strategic planning and review of contractual matters affecting day-to-day group business decisions, as well as providing business management support.

    Due to the group having a strong presence all over New Zealand, Brent spends a lot of time away from home, so enjoys his remaining time with his family, which extends to no less than 8 children. His golf game, unfortunately, remains on hold.

  • Chelly Balasbas
    Chelly Balasbas HR Business Partner

    Chelly spearheads the Stonewood Group’s human resources management function. Chelly has the responsibility of driving people strategy, core values and behaviour across the business and forms strong relationships across the leadership function. Chelly is committed to growing people performance through the development of competency-based leadership pipeline and process improvement.

    Chelly has extensive hands-on HR leadership experience within a range of international, commercial and government organisations. In New Zealand, Chelly started her career as the HR Manager of McDonald’s (McRush chain). She subsequently held the Human Resources and Compliance Manager role in New World (Stonefields) and Total Property Services respectively.

  • Peter An
    Peter An Financial Manager

    Peter is a Chartered Accountant of CA ANZ with Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in both accounting and finance from Auckland and Otago Universities and has over 14 years’ of corporate accounting and reporting experience working for large multinational corporates.

    Peter supports the leadership of the group’s finance team while working together with the CFO, providing astute and reliable financial information to both internal and external interest parties to the Stonewood Group.

    Peter also provides management reports to executive management to determine project and company profitability, budget, forecast, and special reports required by NZX listed company policies and procedures for the Stonewood Group.

“There are no limits on what you can achieve with your life, except the limits you accept in your mind”

Brian Tracy

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