Rugby loving amateur sports commentator, Sean Kaufmann joins commercial property acquisition team

August 26, 2016

We are delighted to welcome another new associate to Vail Williams.

Sean Kaufmann, a lover of rugby with a self-confessed loathing of sports commentary, has joined our commercial property acquisition and disposal team in Crawley.

He specialises in commercial lease advice, negotiation, property marketing, commercial property acquisition and property disposal (leasehold and freehold).

Sean joins us from letting and estate agents, Leaders, and has been telling us a bit more about himself and why he chose to join Vail Williams.

Sean, how long were you at Leaders and what did you specialise in?
I was there for a year and specialised in commercial lease advice and facilities management.

What attracted you to your new post at Vail Williams?
It was the calibre of both the people I could be working with, as well as the potential clients I would get to work for.

What are your ambitions in the role?
I am keen to provide a high level of quality of service and look forward to being able to grow in my role, and achieve market/peer recognition for excellence.

What’s the best thing about working in property, and why?
Working in property is about being in a people business which provides a fantastic environment to learn something new every day.

What was your first ever job?
I was a Kibbutz leader in Israel.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
It has to be from my rugby days, and was: “It’s only flesh and blood, try harder!”

If you had to recommend a good book, what would it be, and why?
Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson. It’s a series of ten fantasy novels infused with psychological undertones, which looks at the creation of a moral compass and the preservation of strong humanist ideals, whilst exploring the darker side of the protagonist, Thomas Covenant.

Tell us a surprising fact about yourself.
By dressing in drag and refereeing a rugby match live on national radio, I ended up in New Zealand for the 2011 RWC.

Have you ever had a hair-raising moment, if so, what was it?
Coming under fire in a localised conflict which was pretty hair-raising.

What’s your favourite band?
It really depends on my mood; Hot House Flowers, Bob Dylan, The Stereophonics, Bob Marley, ELO, U2, Simple Minds, UB40, Mumford & Sons, Deaf Leppard and Nina Simone.

If you could work in any other profession, what would it be and why?
Sports commentary because in my opinion, half of those that do it are useless!