As we begin a New Year, we suggest you relax and take a moment to meet a recent winner of the REALTORS® of the Year award and the two Affiliate of the Year awards.
Sean Hillier is the PSAR 2015 REALTOR® of the Year representing East County. He has worked full time in real estate sales since December 2009. Sean recently affiliated with Coldwell Banker West. He serves as emcee at the every-Thursday-morning East County Rally & Ride, a meeting hosted by PSAR where available properties are pitched.
Sean worked in the television news industry for 25 years before switching careers to real estate. He grew up in Northern California and won sailing races in San Francisco Bay as a teenager. In high school, he was a member of the drama club. While attending the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), he served as managing editor of the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper. He graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
In the late 1980s, Sean worked at several TV stations in the Los Angeles market (Channels 2, 5, 9, 11 and 13) as a news writer. Then, he moved to Memphis, Tenn. and Hartford, Conn. to work at TV stations there in management positions. Sean arrived in San Diego in 1999 to help launch an early evening newscast at KUSI-TV/Channel 9. He was then recruited in June 2008 to help build a newsroom at KSWB-TV/Channel 5. He left Channel 5, but still occasionally works as a fill-in producer at KNSD-TV/NBC San Diego.
Sean was married to Martine in 1986, who he met in high school. They recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. Sean and Martine have lived in La Mesa for 15 years.
Shun Wakita is the PSAR 2015 REALTOR® of the Year representing South County. He
is serving his second term as on the Sandicor board of directors and is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that Sandicor's 18,000 subscribers receive the best MLS service in the country. (Sandicor is San Diego County’s regional multiple listing service). Wakita also has served as a member of Sandicor’s Rules Committee since 2011. Shun operates two Chula Vista-based companies, including Home Team Property Management that manages nearly 300 residential, commercial and retail properties, and Wakita and Associates, a real estate sales company.
Shun grew up in Bonita, attending Bonita Vista Middle School and Bonita Vista High School. He attended Southwestern College and San Diego State University. He entered the real estate business in 2008 and has been very successful in both sales and property management. His business has a strong focus on technology and Shun uses it to both build efficiency and improve his client's experience.
An often-asked question to Shun by his clients and others is about his first name. Shun is named after a Chinese emperor, even though Shun is of Japanese descent. The Chinese Emperor Shun, sometimes referred to as the Great Shun, served as an emperor from age 53 until his death at 100 in ancient China preceding the Xia Dynasty, which began in 2100 B.C.
Gary Mouritzen is the PSAR 2015 Affiliate of the Year representing South County. He has 21 years of experience in the lending field with experience in a variety of loans. Shortly after graduating with a degree in finance from San Diego State University, Gary began his career in the mortgage field. He worked as an in-house lender for a Century 21 franchise for eight years and eventually managed that division for an additional eight years. Then, in 2010, he decided to switch employers. Gary met with 13 lending companies before deciding to go with W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital LLC.
Gary is a San Diego native and graduated from Point Loma High School (class of 1984). He was a member of the wrestling and track team in high school. His father Gunnar, a native of Denmark, had a career in the aerospace industry while his mother Carolina, a native of Panama, served as Consulate General of Panama in San Diego. Gary is married to Charo, a native of Panama. They have been married for 18 years and are raising three sons, ages 9, 13 and 14.
One day, Gary’s mother met Charo who needed assistance with documents with the intention of moving back to Panama after graduating from SDSU. Charo came to the Mouritzen home to pick up the paperwork, which is how Gary met her. “She never did move back to Panama,” said Gary.
Steve Buice is the PSAR 2015 Affiliate of the Year representing East County. He has more than 35 combined years of experience in the title insurance and escrow fields. He works for Quality Escrow with offices in La Mesa and Mission Valley. He began working for Quality Escrow in early 2011. He is a frequent sponsor of PSAR activities and participates at many fundraising events, including the annual PSAR golf tournament. In 2013, he founded the PSAR library featuring more than 120 books covering different aspects of the real estate industry.
A San Diego native, Steve grew up in Mission Hills and Point Loma. He graduated from Point Loma High School (class of 1975). In high school, he played catcher on the baseball team and was a back-up quarterback on the football team.
Steve is a writer of love songs. He has composed about two dozen songs. His most recent song is titled “Better Than Wow.” He once got the opportunity to sing one of his songs to legendary performer Tony Bennett. Steve also once drove a car 160 miles per hour. While in England for his 25th wedding anniversary, Steve got the opportunity to drive an Aston Martin automobile -- the same model that has appeared in James Bond movies.
Steve recently applied for two patents relating to a web-based real estate technology. One of his technologies matches homebuyers with sales agents through a system that includes virtual home tours, open house dates, loan options, location maps and the agents bio. There’s even a personal video of the agent. Steve has another pending patent that involves a website about open houses, tailored for consumers.