Sam Russo – Senior Partner

Sam’s family moved to Dural in 1957 [60 years ago]

He attended Oak Hill College for a short stay before leaving to work on the family farm and with Tom Newman in his Uralla Rd Chicken Feed business. Times were tough and the family needed every support available.

He  commenced his Real Estate career in 1967as a nineteen year old with R B Twivey & Co at Round Corner.

He opened his own Business [Guardian Real Estate] in 1970 operating out of a small office adjoining the Burning Log [now “The Madison”] while building Guardian House [1971] which was the first modern building at Round Corner.

With a career spanning 60 years he has been involved in many developments – commercial residential & rural both locally and further afield.

These include many land subdivisions mostly in the Hills and also at Queanbeyan where he developed 3000acres.

In the 70’s he formed Round Corner Holdings with three other shareholders and built Dural Mall, Knightsbridge Shopping Centre and The Village Green on Kenthurst Rd.

On the old family farm in New Line Road Sam built “Hungry Jacks “& The Car Wash.

He has also completed industrial developments in North Sydney, Alexandria and Ultimo.

He has always been a member of the REI serving as past President of the Northern District Chapter and on the Disciplinary Tribunal over many years.

Locally Sam is a past President of Dural Rotary and spent 10 – 12 years as President of the Round Corner Chamber of Commerce.

Woolworth’s sites at Round Corner and Wrights Rd Kellyville were negotiated by Sam.

Within the L J Hooker Network Sam has been honoured as Franchisee of the Year and won the prestigious Sir Leslie Hooker Award [2006], served on the Franchisee Council [and as Chairman] and on the Board of L J Hooker Corporate as a Director.

Overseas experience includes five years in Macau & Hong Kong as Deputy Managing Director in a Company responsible for the establishment of the Racing Club at Macau inclusive of not only building the track but also supplying the horses and everything else needed to launch the project.

Still in a business partnership at LJ Hooker Dural with both Neil Keene and Peter Colusso Sam’s experience of years is held in high regard both within and without the industry.

Along with Office Manager Jan Heald who has been an important part of the company for 36 years and his Partners the wealth of accumulated experience is 2nd to none at Dural.