Michael De Stefano

Michael De Stefano


A commercial real estate career spanning over 18 years, Michael is a property expert and actively secures and strengthens lucrative partnerships and identifies and capitalises on growth opportunities. Experienced in retail feasibility, financial modelling, budgeting, forecasting and marketing, leasing negotiations and commercial sales. Michael is a highly regarded and trusted business advisor, frequently quoted in the media due to his knowledge of the industry and his ability to be ahead of market trends.

Michael is intrinsically community minded and values driven. He has diverse experience working with community stakeholders, local business groups, not-for-profits and related organisations. A positive, driven and natural collaborator with demonstrable experience in relationship management up to and including C-Suite, Michael’s professional foundation was built upon an early retail management career with a well known international brand.

An accomplished business executive with extensive experience, evident in his successful property firm and a diverse portfolio of commercial, industrial, and residential property under his management. Known for his warmth, humour and honest dealings, these things have earned Michael a well-respected and enviable reputation from his clients and industry colleagues alike.

In June 2019, Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, which will see him utilise this extensive experience and industry expertise to further elevate the chamber over the coming months and years.

Michael is a strong advocate for the region, is passionate about influencing Geelong’s social and economic landscapes and help them realise their potential. In 2016, he chose to relocate his business premises into the heart of the Geelong CBD’s Laneways Precinct. This again showing his passion and commitment for the revitalisation of Geelong.

Away from real estate, Michael is a passionate supporter of Basketball in Geelong – something he also shares with his two young sons. He both plays and coaches with Try Boys basketball as well as being the Vice President on the Try Boys Brigade. When Michael isn’t on the basketball court, he’s checking out the local restaurants and enjoying everything the Geelong region has to offer.