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Regina Mangan MIPAV TRV MMCEPI – Founder, MD, Auctioneer

Regina Mangan is the founder and Managing Director of leading independent property sales and letting agency Liberty Blue Estate Agents.

In 1997 Regina established Waterford’s first Property Letting and Management Company Bookaroom.  The business has seen exponential growth in its 24 years of operation and made it through the country’s worst recession.  The company expanded into property sales in 2015 and rebranded from Bookaroom to Liberty Blue Estate Agents.

Regina’s strategy for business success focuses on the development of the people in her team.  Processes are used to efficiently deliver the best customer experiences.  Innovative and creative marketing and promotion has driven Liberty Blue’s brand and positioned the company as a thought leader.

Regina is a licenced European Property Valuer (TEGoVA) auctioneer and member of The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers. (IPAV)

Regina is a certified trainer and is passionate about mentoring.  Over the last three years has been delivering sessions for the Waterford Chamber Leadership programme on strategic thinking.   Regina delivered start your own business courses for the LEO in Waterford for two years on a consultancy basis.  

Over the years Regina has held voluntary roles such as Ambassador for Waterford City appointed by the Mayor of Waterford, five-year board member of the LEO grant evaluation committee,  South East Simon, and currently is a Director of Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce.  She has been a judge for the Young Entrepreneurs awards, Waterford and Wexford.

A proponent of Corporate Social Responsibility, Regina is involved in important community initiatives in Waterford including Waterford Rotary, fundraising efforts for Pieta House, Saint Vincent de Paul and GOAL.  She promotes Waterford County as a great place to live at every opportunity.  
 
Liberty Blue Estate Agents was the winner of the Regional Excellence Award at the National Property Excellence Awards in 2019 held in the Convention Centre,  Dublin.   This prestigous award acknowledged Liberty Blue as an innovator in Real Estate and excellence in technology and business performance.  
 
Other awards include Waterford Chamber best small business in 2018,  best in social contribution award, LEO South East women in business award runner up, marketing institute best brand of the year. 
 
Regina has grown the business through a culture of continuous innovation.  Liberty Blue brand values are – Do the right thing, take pride in what they do, innovate continuously.
 
Liberty Blue’s mission – “We always strive to be the best we can be.  We are committed to our staff, customers and the community”.
 
Living in An, Rinn, Regina says she is proud to be a Director of the Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber.  “I believe that our Chamber is one of the best in the Country and I love being part of such a vibrant community.  I feel privileged and blessed to live and work in Ireland’s most livable County.”   #upthedeise

Maria Clifford MIPAV TRV MMCEPI – Director & Auctioneer

Maria clifford Auctioneer Waterford

Maria is originally from Co Kerry and joined the company in 2004. Maria is a Director and Auctioneer of Liberty Blue Estate Agents. Maria has a Diploma in Facility & Property Management and is considered to be an expert in the property management space.

She heads up the sales and letting division in Waterford and South Kilkenny.

In 2017 Maria won both a Network Waterford and Network Ireland National Award for excellence in her field.

Maria played a pivotal role in Liberty Blue Estate Agents winning the Waterford Chamber of Commerce Best SME in 2017.

Maria has previously served on the board of Directors of Waterford Chamber of Commerce. She is energetic and creative and expresses this through her passion for photography and especially her work.

Nora O’Byrne – General Manager

Nora O'Byrne Acoounts Liberty Blue Estate Agents

Nora celebrates 10 years with the company this year. An accounts technician and member of the ACCA, Nora has a wealth of experience in financial management. She is responsible for an annual rent roll in the region of €4 million and consistently achieves over 98% success rate in collections.

Nora is an important member of the Management team and is currently undergoing a leadership program.

Nora is a serious Deise Hurling fan and rarely misses a Waterford match with her little man Sam.

Caroline Aspel – Property Management

Caroline Aspel Liberty Blue Auctioneers and Estate Agents Waterford

Caroline joined our team in October 2016, after 7 years with Waterford Crystal in front of house and 12 years as Process Trainer in Bausch and Lomb. Caroline runs our maintenance division in our managed properties, including responsibility for the important quarterly safety testing –  Quarterly Fire Bell testing, Emergency Lights testing, Access Control, Servicing of Lifts and Smoke Vents Servicing. Caroline is extremely helpful and organised and has been acknowledged by her team for going “above and beyond”.

Laura Fleming – Financial Controller

Laura a native of Co. Carlow takes charge of the financial department within the company in her role as financial controller. Laura is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with a diploma in Management. Laura’s accountancy career started in private practice from which she moved to industry working in a number of senior finance positions primarily in manufacturing and technology companies. Laura is a key member of our management team and she brings significant expertise to the company. Laura’s role is part -time but she is always with us.

Outside of work Laura boasts at being an ace tennis player and swimmer and has an addiction to participating in triathlons. When not exerting herself Laura enjoys reading and socialising.

Miriam O’Leary – Front of House Supervisor

Miraim O'Leary Liberty Blue Auctioneers and Estate Agents Waterford

Miriam is referred to in the office as the “pilot of the plane”. Miriam will celebrate 10 years with the company and she knows pretty much everything about the business. Miriam is in charge of client relations and her ability to match people and property is unrivalled. Her personal, delightful attitude and brilliant memory for names make Miriam a real asset to our business.

Miriam has an extra pep in her step when walking the Waterford Greenway.

Catherina Cheasty  – Accounts and Client Services

Catherina Cheasty - Liberty Blue Auctioneers

Catherina is a graduate from W.I.T with a degree in Business Studies and has over 16 years’ experience as an Accounts Assistant. During this time she gained valuable experience working in customer service, the construction and more recently the retail industry. She joined the Liberty Blue Estate Agents team in May 2019 and is very excited to be supporting the Finance department and developing her new role.

She is a very proud mother of two boys and during her free time she enjoys live music, a good book and catching up with friends.

Susan O’Keefe

Susan o'Keeefe Liberty Blue Auctioneers and Estate Agents Waterford

Susan originally joined our company in 2008 but took a break to work in her family business in 2015.

In June 2018 we were delighted to welcome Susan back to Liberty Blue Estate Agents to head up the Block Management portfolio accounts. Susan is renowned for her highly effective organisational and communication skills and complements the team, most of whom have been with us for over a decade, really well.

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