Meet the VIP team
VIP's highly experienced and skilled team of professionals put in hard work to research, locate, build and manage the best residential properties at the right price. We have brought together experts with experience in multiple industries such as finance, mortgage and real estate with over 40 years of combined knowledge - so you can have piece of mind knowing that your best interests are well looked after.
With as much as 80% of our business being repeat and referral business, VIP must be doing something right. This reflects the integrity and hard work that VIP puts into each individual client. No two clients are the same and everyone has different needs with different circumstances. So VIP cuts out the hype and focuses on the facts to ensure that we keep asking ourselves the same question:
"What is in the best interests of our client?"

Russell Drake


Russell joined the insurance industry in 1988 and has worked with clients one-on-one for over 18 years. His strengths are in relating to clients on many levels and enjoys assisting clients to understand the property concept.
Russell committed himself to property when he realised that many clients would not reach their retirement dreams from simply saving tax-paid income. As an investor himself, Russell demonstrates this commitment by assisting clients to purchase in key locations (often where he invests himself).
A director of Visionary International Properties Ltd, Russell ensures that an easy link between the planning and implementation stage exists and he remains accountable to both companies at all levels.

Colin Miller

Managing Director

Colin's professional background started in 1987 when he worked as a manager for a large national company where he developed an enviable reputation for client service.
Colin's management and people skills have set him apart from the masses. As a self-starter, he worked for himself in the mid-nineties helping international companies expand into a number of countries throughout SE Asia, thus expanding his customer focus to far wider levels.
For many years now Colin's total focus has been property investment. As a property investor himself Colin has gained vast knowledge in the property industry both in New Zealand and Australia. He openly conveys this knowledge to his clients and friends. During this time he has helped many people throughout New Zealand to secure well-located investment properties and has a strong following of astute property investors.
Colin is available to speak to any interest groups about investment property.

Martine Taylor

Office Manager

Martine came to work for VIP Properties not long after it’s inception in early 2005. After a flying start to the company, a high quality administrator was urgently required. Martine quickly impressed and excelled in her position to a point where she has made it her own.
She really loves her job and thrives on dealing with our ever positive and fantastic clients, hearing the smiles in their voices when their houses have been completed and sending photos with updates through to them. She loves hearing the success stories when clients have found how much their house has increased in value. The best is when the client says they love what we have done and want to get started on another house.