Gary Winter

Joint CEO & Managing Director (ROOMS®) | Norwich

About Gary

My love affair with the property and financial services industry started when I left university knowing only that I wanted to run my own business but as yet not knowing what business. It was the early 80’s and with property booming it seemed the logical step to be part of the Mortgage and Property success story.

My first flirtation with franchising was in 1989 when I developed a network of mortgage brokers supporting Estate Agents throughout the UK between 1988 and 1992. This just so happened to also be my first time in starting and running my own business.

Fast forward 20 years, having run successful Financial Services, Property Investment and Estate Agency businesses, developed the largest buy-to-let mortgage franchise in the UK , being hit by the credit crunch, I became Sales Director of one the largest lettings agent franchises.

During my years at this lettings franchise I re-engineered the business to become a full estate agency, implementing the required state of the art I.T. and digital marketing system making it ready for listing. With more that 185 offices and £40 million turnover it listed early 2014.

Now I’ve turned my attention to developing franchise networks with companies that due to their innovative models are fast growing and highly profitable. A recipe for success for all people that join them as franchise owners.

Interests

 Rugby, Crossfit, Wine, Architecture

Hiddent Talents

Surviving fatherhood and raising two sons to adulthood. Now trying to help them fly the nest, a talent so hidden it’s not working.

If I won the lottery

Three things come to mind immediately, 1. Buy that dream home with the sea view in Cornwall, 2. Invest immediately in both my son’s businesses, ones a sports clothing company the other is a yacht technology solutions company. 3. Help and invest in people running start up businesses.

Life Balance

You’ll find me in the Gym and just about surviving Crossfit, motivated by both of my sons. Going on long walks with my wife and our two dogs, experimenting with my brilliant or disastrous cooking on my family, or watching Rugby with anyone that can put up with me!